Boat­ing in the global spot­light

The Weekend Post - - Sport - JOR­DAN GERRANS

THE Cairns Dragon Boat Club have this week been tak­ing on the best of the best at the 2017 Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Chi­nese Dragon Boat In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment be­ing held at Qing Pu Dis­trict in Cao Gang River.

The Cairns club, in­clud­ing coach Chris Brad­bury, Barry Richards, Anne Warnock, Pat Thomas, He­len My­hill, Mary Chung, Maria Donkers and Lor­raine Ste­wart, started com­pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day with the event to wrap up to­mor­row.

Cairns Dragon Boat Club president Lor­raine Ste­wart said the Far North team have joined with mem­bers of the Townsville Spit­fires team, sim­i­lar to when the two clubs joined ranks to rep­re­sent FNQ at Pan Pac Mas­ters Games.

“Our club was the first in Cairns to re­ceive this in­vi­ta­tion and two groups have been over the past five years and we also hosted the two Chi­nese coaches when they came out here four years ago,” Ste­wart said.

“As China is where Dragon Boat­ing orig­i­nated we will ex­pe­ri­ence all the cul­ture of the open­ing and clos­ing ceremonies of the tour­na­ment. We hope to bring back ideas … of the tra­di­tion for our re­gat­tas.”

IN­VI­TA­TIONAL TEAM: Cairns dragon boat rac­ers Anne Warnock, Maria Donkers, Lor­raine Ste­wart, Mary Chung, Barry Richards and Chris Brad­bury are over­seas for an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment. Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

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