THE New Norfolk-based MoCo Dragon Boat Club is after more paddlers as members gear up to make a splash at the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in February.
The MoCo Dragon Boat Club was first started in Tasmania in 2012, but origins of the sport can be traced back nearly 2500 years to ancient China.
The club, open to anyone over the age of 10, focuses on building community health through paddling while also creating a social space.
The MoCo Club, which also has a paddle group out of Montrose, is calling on more members to get involved to help revive the club’s low training numbers.
“In recent weeks, numbers at training have been a lot lower than we would like,” registrar Amanda Cole said.
“We need at least 12 people to train in the 20-seater boat and we don’t always get that.
“It’s an issue when you have people who can’t come, as we’ve had to cancel training a few times due to low numbers.”
The club is using weekly Sunday morning training sessions to prepare for a number of upcoming races.
“The Purple Paddle, our first big event for the year, is on in November. It’s a fundraising event where other clubs are invited to paddle to raise money for the Maddie Riewoldt Foundation (which fights bone marrow failure).”
“We’ll then prepare for competition at the Panpacs Masters where we will be joined by a crew from Launceston.”
The New Norfolk MoCo club trains at 9.30am Sundays at the New Norfolk’s Aquatic Club in Ross Rd. The club is offering three free “tries” before interested paddlers are required to sign a membership. Safety gear and paddles are supplied.