More medals at State Masters for KI dragon boat club

Kangaroo Island Dragons (KIDs) sent a team up north to compete in the South Australian Masters in Port Pirie this month.

The KI Dragons returned with four gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

"We do really well at the Masters partly because we train regularly but also, when we race, everyone puts in 100 per cent," club president Mary-Alice Swan said.

"Getting that boat moving from a standing start - and keeping in the race - takes a lot of effort, but it's fun."

The team had a great day paddling and entered nearly every one of the 24 races.

Most club members paddled in at least 16 races. Ants Harris did a brilliant job sweeping (steering) and Jenni Harris, Jenny Fraser, Janet Simpson and Mary-Alice set the beat at the front of the boat, drumming.

As well as doing races on their own, KIDs joined forces with Copper Coast, Desert Dragons and Mildura teams for a few races and gained medals in the following:

  • Senior C Mixed 10's, KI Dragons and Copper Coast: SILVER
  • Senior B Mixed 10's KI Dragons and Mildura : GOLD
  • Senior C Women's 10's DBSA combined: GOLD
  • Senior C Open 10's KI Dragons and Copper Coast: GOLD
  • Senior B Women's 10's KI Dragons and Desert Dragons: GOLD
  • Senior B Open 10's KI Dragons: BRONZE
  • Senior A Open 10's KI Dragons: BRONZE
  • Senior A Open 20's , DBSA combined: BRONZE

"We had a great time. Doing so many back to back races really put us to the test and I'm glad to say that while we might have come away a bit sore, it was worth it," Mary-Alice said.

"It's always great going away with the team - we enjoyed camping together and had a few laughs over dinner at the local hotel.

"We would like to thank Sealink for their sponsorship. Dragon boating is a great way to get fit. I'd encourage anyone to come and try dragon boating. New paddlers are very welcome."

To find out more, ring Mary-Alice Swan on 0427 610 268.