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Bring out your inner dragon

04 Oct 2017

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Mature locals have been invited to join a world of fun and fitness with the Dragon Masters Dragon Boat Club.

President Zonda Lynn says younger people are also welcome, but the hunt is on for the over 40 “masters” age group.

Docklands-based Dragon Masters is strong in the sport, with success both at home and internationally.

“Our club recently returned from an international regatta in Hong Kong and we have been invited to attend world championships in Hungary next year,” she said.

The club trains three times a week in Docklands.

Ms Lynn, 62, is a retired school principal who learned how to paddle in 2012 while working in Canada.

“A friend of mine introduced me to boat racing to help me meet new people. I basically got in the boat and paddled for a whole season in Canada before returning to Melbourne. And then I joined the club,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic sport to be a part of. You learn discipline, following technique and improving your own performance, ability and strength. It is important because there are 20 other people that you have to work and communicate with. To get the boat moving is more important than the individual,” she said.

“There is on water training on Monday and Wednesday for one hour and an hour and half on Saturday. But we encourage paddlers to go to the gym and have good fitness levels. Strength training is very important, especially as you get higher like the elite paddlers,” she explained.

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