The event which was the first of it's kind continues the Sonic's aim of increasing the participation
of youth and their families in the sport of Dragon Boating, a worthy endeavour which from the turnout
is well supported. There were 12 teams competing on the day with Broadwater entering two teams
'Broadwater Orange' and 'Broadwater Blue'.
It was wonderful to see 14 of our juniors and their parents give it all on the day whether they were
experienced or fresh to the sport. After three rounds Broadwater Orange just missed out on competing
in the Minor Final. We hope however that the thrill and excitement of the racing on the day will encourage
those new paddlers within the team to view Dragon Boating as a great social and sporting pastime that
can involve all the family.
The fortunes of Broadwater Blue saw the team make the Grand Final competing against a strong field of four.
The race climaxed with our team crossing the line a valiant second to the Whanau Crew who justly deserved
their win. In the Australia vs New Zealand vs the Mixed race, we saw mate against mate with our club members
split between the Kiwi and Aussie boats. Australia came in a strong first as it should be – was their any doubt.
Big big thank you's go to the Broadwater family who time and time again help out and contribute.
The list is long but sincere thank you's go to - firstly the day was all about the juniors so thank you to those
that either drummed or paddled on the day. Their families who either paddled or supported, our sweeps
Irene, Chris and Stan, our manager's on the day Jayne, Rose and Krystal, Graham for transporting the
club's boats and Micah for his organisation and assistance with the equipment, Chris and Kalinda for
towing our club trailer. Lastly but not least to the supporters who came not to paddle but to cheer
on our teams – your commitment to the club is always inspirational.
Trainer and Assistant Coach