Dragon boaters enjoy day on Burrendong

Lachlan Dragons dragon boaters Warren Edwards, Claire Davis, Canadian coach Kamini Jain and Donna Edwards.Three of our Lachlan Dragons, Warren and Donna Edwards and Claire Davis, experienced a fantastic weekend at Burrendong Dam, where they were welcomed by Pinnacle Dragons of Orange, along with representatives from many other NSW clubs for two days of camping and coaching over the October long weekend.
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Dragon boating is one of those sports where many different teams can come together in a situation of real friendship and connection – and Burrendong was certainly conducive to such bonding.

Among the crews were members from Dubbo, Forbes, Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow, Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.

Renowned Canadian coach, Kamini Jain, provided each of the 39 paddlers with individual tuition and guidance, with hints on how to correct any faults and improve their paddling techniques.

“We were a little concerned about the weather forecast when we headed out of Parkes in rain on Friday afternoon,” Donna admitted, “but we were on the water by nine o’clock on Saturday morning and, although the day was yet quite brisk, the waters were calm and Lake Burrendong, at 126 per cent capacity, looked magnificent.”

Under Kamini’s excellent coaching the paddlers could feel their techniques improving, and each paddler’s performance was filmed for individual evaluation and discussion.

“The afternoon paddle was smooth and surreal,” stated Warren,“It was the most peaceful and relaxing feeling, with us being the only ones on the Lake, apart from the birdlife and an occasional fish breaking the calm surface.”

After the paddling each day, the paddlers enjoyed the camaraderie of camping experiences in a welcoming and cosy atmosphere, with all meals provided, a roaring outdoor fire and the fun of camping games.

On Sunday morning, with daylight saving just ushered in, the keen paddlers were on the water by half past eight for further drills to enhance their newly acquired skills.

Although this mixed bunch of paddlers had at first seemed a bit of a motley crew, by Sunday they had come to resemble something close to two professional crews.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the skills passed onto us by Kamini,” said Warren, “The results, by Sunday, were spectacular and I really feel that Kamini was proud of her efforts and success.”

“It was a great weekend of learning from Kamini,” agreed Claire, “as well as from each other.

“And it was a real joy to feel part of this group as we watched each other’s skills develop.”

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