Docklands paddlers compete in China

The Victorian Dragon Boat Racing Association, which is based in Docklands’ Shed 2, sent 47 paddlers off to Southern China last month to compete against other nations in the popular ancient Chinese sport.

The mixed team, which trains on Victoria Harbour, travelled to four different cities to compete and were hosted as guests of the Peoples Republic of China.

Prior to leaving for the tour, regional and corporate events director for Dragon Boats Victoria, Jonathan Mayne, describe the trip as a fantastic opportunity.

Mr Mayne said he was not sure how the team would fare but they were all very excited.

“They will have a great time and return filled with experience and enthusiasm after a fantastic learning opportunity,” he said.

Mr Mayne said the team would also issue invitations to other nations and would look forward to teams from China visiting them at Docklands.

Team manager, Shirley Boucher and her husband Paul, the team’s coach, led the team along with former Melbourne lord mayor, Trevor Huggard.

The team’s last event was in Canton and Mr Mayne said he expected a major crowd with 1.3 million paying spectators attending last year’s event.

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