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Masters of the seven seas

03 May 2018

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Dragon Masters, one of Docklands’ six dragon boating clubs, is accelerating in 2018 with tours to both Hungary and Canada.

Last year the club took part in competitions in Hong Kong. It also topped off two-years of high performance at the nationals to qualify for the Club Crew World Champions (CCWC) in Szeged, Hungary.

“To get invited to Hungary you have to be one of the best teams at the nationals during the two years before the title,” club president Zonda Lynn said.

“So in 2016 and 2017 we had to win events against all the other Australian teams in our age group.”

Dragon Masters are a club for over 40s, and their older members seem to be carving out the most success. Heading over to the CCWC are two 60+ teams.

Fellow Docklands teams Yarra River Dragons and the Melbourne Flames also qualified, but the latter decided not to go.

The sport is notably popular in Docklands, with six of Victoria’s 23 teams based here!

Ms Lynn said club would continue to seize international opportunities.

“We’re looking at perhaps going on a four-city tour in China, and then towards the end of next year another Australian team will be selected to go to Thailand,” she said.

“We’re also hoping to qualify for the 2020 Club Crew. We haven’t even been to Hungary yet, but we’re already talking about qualifying for the 2020 CCWC in France.”

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