The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

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.

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