Dragons Abreast Canberra was the second DAA team in Australia, commencing paddling in 1999. Our original team name was Tickled Pink but was changed to GoAnna in 2012 in honour of our founder Anna Wellings-Booth. DA Canberra celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2019. We continue to grow in numbers each year and some of our original paddlers are still active members. Exercise is medicine!
DA Canberra competed in the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission events for breast cancer survivors in Caloundra, Australia (2007); Peterborough, Canada (2010); Sarasota, Florida, USA (2014) and Florence, Italy (2018). DA Canberra looks forward to participating in New Zealand in April 2022.
But competition is not our only interest! We have a variety of social activities and simply enjoy paddling on our beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. Our ‘GoAnna’s Gatherin’ (gathering of members with dinner and short program of fun) is a social highlight each year. The DA Canberra Annual Social and Corporate Regatta continues to be a very successful community event raising awareness of breast cancer in the Canberra region through the sport of dragon boat racing.
We have two boats: a 20 seater named GoAnna, and a baby 10-seater boat called Gecko. We paddle regularly three times a week throughout the year, despite Canberra’s cold winters, and compete regularly in the local ACT and NSW regattas, as well as overseas in Hong Kong. In 2014 and 2019, we paddled 55 kms of the Ord River in Western Australia in the Ord River Marathon.
Extra effort paddle 07:00 for 08:00 on Saturday mornings
Just a reminder the session is aimed at paddlers:
· Keen to increase their physical capacity and skill in dragon boating
· With a good basic fitness level (not suitable for those with injuries or aches)
· Willing to push themselves for a full and focused 30 minutes
· Willing to sit in any position in the boat
· You are also expected to stay for the 08:00 paddle
· Please be at the lake at 07:00 to commence the warm up. Due to the intensity of the paddle, the warm up is important. If you are too late to warm up sufficiently, you may be advised to stay ashore
What to Wear and Bring
3/4 pants and T shirt
Shoes that can get wet (e.g. with covered toes or old sneakers)
Hat and sunglasses
A change of clothes and a towel in case you get wet
Sunscreen and a water bottle are essential
A paddle and personal flotation device (PFD) will be available
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