Is this the Year of the Colour City Dragons?

Greetings and Happy New Year everyone – is this to be there year of the Colour City Dragons?? – the answer to that is in your court (or should that be PADDLE).

With that in mind a gentle reminder of the discussions that took place in August at the pre season meeting where while all agreed they want to retain the social side of our club training 11 of the 16 members at that meeting said they also want to participate in some serious competition. Most of those 11 have been putting in some serious training with resulting increased power in the boat beginning to show. Its also clear some of our new members are keen to join the more ‘serious’ paddlers so consider the following and let me know what you think:

Chinese New Year (CNY) – Saturday 12th for Club teams, Sunday 13th Feb (for DAA and Community teams) – just 5 wks and 3 days away. All CNY team members need to get to at least one regular training session a week – PLUS a 30 minute session specifically for the CNY Team. This prepares you better for racing, develops TEAM spirit AND best seating plan for maximum effective paddling. Remember Together Everyone Achieves More.

We could make the 30 minute extra training before or after one of our regular sessions or maybe Sunday morning, it would need to be no later than 8am so we minimise impact on the kayaking business (and our agreement with OCC).

If you’re coming to CNY please confirm by 4th Jan. Regatta fee is $30 ($15 for juniors). Please follow usual prceddure and pop your money in the envelopes provided. If you need a Club shirt see Yvonne. You also need to have paid your full membership, $130 seniors and $50 for juniors. You’ll need to have your ID tag with you so if you don’t know where it is now’s the time to look for it. Do you need accomodation? See Pearl, very few beds are now available

The State Championships are on March 19th at Penrith, just 5 weeks after CNY. There’s absolutely no reason why CC Dragons shouldn’t be competing. It’s a 500m; you’re already fit for the sprint races so slight change of training for the longer races. I need your name and fee by 01st March at latest. $20 adults, $10 juniors.

Very Good News– John Davis Motors has paid the lease on the 2nd boat $990. Any of you have the opportunity to thank John or his son, personally for this very generous sponsorship, please do so. It makes training sessions so much easier for the coach and as many of you know even more fun. Lets see if we can raise the numbers training to at least 30 each session – that way we can use both boats and start to do some competitve paddling among ourselves and really improve on times.

The Club’s Christmas Cook Out on 12th Dec was a very pleasant evening – well for the hosts it was – and Molly the dog thought it was – well, she thought all her Christmas’ had come at once, strict diet for her next day. Thank you to all those who came – George and I very much enjoyed having you with us.

The Club has a few old style (blue and white) Club shirts for sale at less than cost price. They are great for training sessions or just wearing proudly around town to promote our Club. Sizes available 12, 14, 16 in ladies, small and large in mens (difference being mens have sleeves). Cost $20 each.

The order of paddles, paddle bags and gel pads has arrived and I know of one young lady who found one in her Christmas stocking. For rest who have orderd but not yet received them, check with me. Paddles $157, bags $50 ($75 for a double I think),gel pads $32.

Last month I mentioned Lake Cargelligo Dragonflies will be getting their boat on Jan 15/16th. The following email from them speaks for itself. Those interested in going – let me know.

‘Hi Pearl

We want you to come PLEEZE!!

Just let me know how many people will need accommodation. Barb has offered her camping ground on the Lake for any one that wants it. I can book motels. I think the more people the better. Please pass on to Dubbo that we would love you all to be there for our launch.

The Come & Try Day starts at 10 am on Saturday Morning. Launch is on at 5pm Saturday evening followed by a “Hungi” at the Boat Shed. Early morning paddle for those who are interested on Sunday Morning before Melanie and crew go back. As far as social weekend, that would be great as well. Maybe we can organize a date when you are here for the Launch.



I suspect the whole Shire will be at the Hungi – that’s all 1300 of them!!

The Pan Dragons at Bathurst won’t be far behind the Lake Dragonflies. Their boat arrives Friday 14th, they may need some helpers to lift the boat off the trailer if anyone is available to help. Pan Dragons have not yet decided whether they are having a Come and Try Day on Sun 16th or later. The Steering Committee are currently feeling little overwhelmed by it all, but all will be well. As a ‘well established’ Club I’m sure Colour City Dragons will be able to encourage the Pan Dragons and give them a hand from time to time. Perhaps those not going to Lake will keep Bathurst in mind and be able to go over there on the 16th if they do decide to put their boat out. I can see regional regattas happening here in the not too distant future.

Be sure to leave enough time to respond when Phil Lambert calls for help putting the roof on the Boat Shed yard. This could be anytime now, and how good will it be not to have to drag those tarps on and off, much as we have appreciated the use of them, heaps better than bailing boats out before we even get them on the water.

Sweeps. Megan has joined Taylor in very capably handling the boat and no sorry neither of our girls will be first junior sweeps in DBNSW, but depending when Megan does her accreditation, she could be the youngest to complete that. 19th Feb at Jindabyne is next accreditation day. But first or not we are all very proud of you girls. Phil Lambert and Susie Fletcher need to sweep at 2 more races to gain L3 accreditation.

Drummers I’ve been able to get some more information on correct procedures for drumming, strange as it may seem there is nothing written, until now. An experienced drummer with a Sydney Club has put together some notes for us, so at last Elise – we’ll let you loose with the drum – and others who’d like to give it a try. For those not aware, the drummer plays an important role in the boat from a safety aspect as much as anything else.

In case you’ve not noticed the weather is warming up so for training:

  • Cover Up
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Flyspray

Sunscreen and flyspray is always on hand. We now have a big pump bottle courtesy of the Cancer Council in back of the blue Landcruiser. If you forget to bring water its available in the esky in the Landcruiser. $1 bottle goes to Club (or helps to buy more water).

Outback Dragons, Dubbo. Spare a thought for our dragonboat friends at Dubbo. They’ve had no on water training for weeks and it’s likely to be several more weeks before the Macquarie is navigable.

Dates for the Diary – or Fridge

  • Saturday 15 January – Lake Cargelligo Come and Try Day etc
  • Sunday 16 January – Pan Dragons Bathurst (TBC)
  • Saturday/Sunday 12/13 February Chinese New Year Regatta.
  • Saturday/Sunday 19/20 February Jindabyne regatta (and Sweep Accredition)
  • Saturday 26 February – ACT DAA regatta 500m
  • Saturday 5 March – Shellharbour Regatta – volunteers or enter a team??
  • Saturday 19 March– State Finals Penrith – Penrith 500m – enter a team
  • 30/31March and 1/2/3 April – Nationals Finals – Canberra. – Volunteers needed – that’s if we’re not competing 🙂

My wish for you in 2011

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $50 notes

May love stick to your face like vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.

May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words………………

May 2011 be the best year of your life.


Colour City Dragons Newsletter –January 2010

Greetings All and best wishes for 2010, I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year Celebrations and are rearing to get back into training.

Training – For a while, it looked as if there would be NO training during Jan. However, when he heard of our problem, John Pickett, our Founding Chairman and very first Sweep generously offered to help on Saturdays. Then Susie decided she would sacrifice the flexibility she had so looked forward to enjoying during school holidays. This means you will have opportunity to train almost as per usual. (more information at end). I’m sure everyone joins me in thanking John and Susie for giving up their precious time.

Don’t forget, commencing 7th Jan, Thursday training will consist of longer, harder drills. The goal being to develop endurance and speed – while maintaining technique.

The Committee has always been aware of the need to cater for those who like to train for fun and fitness and those who want to do serious competitive paddling.

By setting aside one session a week for the competitive paddlers and two sessions for the not so competitive we may go some way to solving the dilemma. This is really an indication of the growth of the Club (and I don’t mean numerical) so a very positive move.

Almost all of you are ready and capable of tougher training – only you know whether its what you want. Come to whatever session you want – but know on Thursday’s you’ll be working up a sweat.

Chinese New Year Regatta – 27th/28th Feb – that is less than 8 weeks to improve fitness and strengthen team spirit.

The ideal would be ‘on water’ training as a team at least twice a week, Realistically that’s not likely to happen but it is important you try to fit in extra ½ hour a day, walking, swimming or some other exercise – for your own well being and minimising risk of injury.

Boat Trailer – If you haven’t been to training recently you won’t know – we no longer have to lift the boat on

and off the trailer. Thanks to the Phil Beeby, Phil Lambert, Ian, George and Craig who have modified the boat trailer. Fellas, we bless you every time we put the boat out.

Thanks to JT, who made the current trailer and to the guys already mentioned, we’ve come a long way since the little trolley we started with. Now instead of needing

15 or more people to get the boat out it can be done easily with just 4 or 5 members.

Christmas Breakfast – Thanks to our Juniors who cooked breakfast while the rest of us were able to enjoy a little time relaxing – well, the blokes didn’t, they were too busy working on the trailer.

Terry Kastrounis isn’t saying much but word is he and his parents were happy with his HSC results, good work Terry and good luck in your career path.

Gareth Petersen – also ended 2009 with some very successful scores (and prizes) on the golf course.

Penrith Regatta – just as we were about to cancel plans to participate in this due to lack of paddlers, the Beeby/Micallef family and Megan, decided they could just fit in a regatta before heading off to do Christmas shopping and see the show ‘Wicked’. So with just 16 paddlers, including 5 members at their first regatta, a drummer and a fantastic ‘borrowed’ sweep from Central Coast Club, the CC Dragons, put up a very good show, no prizes but we weren’t far behind those boats with full crews and we had a lot of fun.

Ryan, an old hand at drumming worked hard encouraging paddlers to give their all and Megan drumming at a regatta for first time shows lots of potential, look forward to seeing you up front again Megan.

Oh, and Jo Beeby found time to buy 5 dresses between the regatta and seeing ‘Wicked’!!

January 21st – Merge – a holiday activity program for young people run by combined community agencies has asked if dragon boating could be included on the programme this year. Your Committee have agreed subject to availability of Coaches, Sweep and few members to help out. Susie will be sweeping, Erin or Pearl will be there as coach. If 6 to 8 members could make themselves available for couple of hours on that day it would be very much appreciated. Last year when Nippers Surf Life Saving clubs came out it worked really well having our Junior Dragons in the boat so if any of them would like to help this time I’m sure we can organise ride out to the Lake and return. Merge will be paying for our services so more funds for the Club. Contact Pearl or Judy if you can help.

Volunteers Needed – for Australian Championships at West Lakes, SA, April 22nd to 25th. If you’d like to help, can spare few days and would like to see dragon boating at its best as the top clubs vie for championship status let Melanie now ASAP, not sure on this level but on DBNSW level, accommodation is paid for volunteers and your Club receives a small contribution – could be a win win situation.

DA Orange – Gail and Bev continued selling meat raffle tickets up until 19th Dec. A side effect of their fundraising seems to be an informal get together of CC Dragons at the Ophir Tavern on a Sat PM to enjoy couple of hours relaxing with friends.

On the 19th when Christmas hams substituted the meat trays, Brenda Jones went home very happy – because she won a ham of course, no other reason.

Exciting News – for DBNSW,

NSW Sports Federation has announced the finalists for the NSW Annual Sports Awards, of interest to us:

· Australian Mixed Masters Team

· Gavin Godfrey – Coach

· Kim Simpson – Volunteer

Overall winners will be announced on 18th Feb.


Dates for the diary:

Training Dates and times:

Jan 05th and 7th 5.45pm

Jan 09th 7.30am

Jan 12th and 14th no training

Jan 16th 7.30am

Jan 19th and 23rd 5.45pm

Jan 25th 7.30am

Stay turned – the above could change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Jan 09th DBNSW Race 4 Tacoma, Central Coast 500 metres

Jan 21st Merge Holiday Program

10.15 to 1.30 approx.

Feb 7th Slow Summer Come & Try

Feb 14/15 Flowing Festival Regatta

Feb 27/28th Chinese New Year – Darling Harbour 240 metres

March13/14th Canberra 500metres

Paddles Up