DA Canberra celebrates their 20th anniversary in 2019. DA Canberra was the second DAA team in Australia, commencing paddling in 1999. Their original team name was "Tickled Pink" but was changed to "GoAnna" in 2012 in honour of founder Anna Wellings-Booth. DA Canberra continues to grow in numbers each year and some of original paddlers are still active members.
A massive weekend of 20th anniversary celebrations is happening around the Annual Corporate and Social Regatta on 9 November.
Friday 8 November, 5:30 pm
Informal DAA members and friends welcome drinks at the Southern Cross Yacht Club, Lotus Bay.
o A chance for DAA visiting members a chance to see where we paddle, see the boats and to mingle.
Saturday, 9 November, 5:30 pm.
DAA pre-dinner drinks at the House of Representatives Rose Gardens, East side, Old Parliament House. Members, family and friends welcome
· DAA wish to thank DAC for supporting DAA and the National Capital Authority.
o We will enjoy donated prosecco, orange juice and soda water and DAC will provide some nibbles.
o Seating is on benches on the Women’s walk under wisteria, byo chair or picnic rug and other drinks.
o Kiosk has some shelter. Its outdoors so bring a jacket.
Sunday, 10 November, 8:30 am – 11:30am.
DAC hosting a long picnic paddle for DAA members. Warm up & sweep brief 8:30am.
DA Canberra has two boats - a 20 seater named GoAnna, and a baby 10-seater boat called Gecko. They 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 54 kms of the Ord River in Western Australia. DA Canberra has competed in the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission events for breast cancer survivors in Caloundra, Australia; Peterborough, Canada; Sarasota, Florida; and most recently in Florence, Italy in July 2018.
But competition is not their only interest! They have a variety of social activities and simply enjoy paddling on beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. The "GoAnna's Gathering" (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.
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