For the month of June CCDBC participated in the Push-Up Challenge. This is the 3rd year the club has been involved. So, what is it? It challenges individuals, teams and communities to complete 3,318 push-ups over 25 days. The number of push-ups is the amount of people Australia lost to suicide in 2019.
Each day, we learnt about mental health as the push-up target related to a vital mental health statistic in Australia. For example, 135 push-ups because one recent analysis of scientific evidence suggests that three 45-minute exercise sessions per week (135 minutes total) is enough to provide anti-depressant benefits to mental health. The first week we had the challenge to post a caption to a daily photo (courtesy of Graham) and the second week we had to identify a mystery local photo. Of course, we also had our daily playlist, courtesy of Bruce.
Also, congratulations to Ree Dunn, Chris Evans, Kim Sanders and Lyn Stainlay who joined Grafton Rowing Club recently in its annual Rowathon in aid of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Commencing on the beautiful Clarence River from Grafton Rowing Club, the dragon boat crew paddled 20 kilometres around both Susan & Elizabeth Islands.
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The Yamba Triathlon returned to the coast for an epic December tri getaway on Sunday, 6 December. Combined with the local town’s nostalgic atmosphere, it’s easy to see why the Yamba Tri is a favourite on the multi-sport calendar!
21 Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club members once again joined the volunteer force taking on registration, traffic control, course marshal, pedestrian marshal, swim exit to transition, bike exit to transition and water stations attendants.
Thank you to Bowlo Sports & Leisure Yamba for sponsoring the purchase of long-sleeved sun safe shirts for our members. The shirts not only looked great, but they also certainly provided maximum protection whilst we manned our stations.
The day prior we paddled on some south western reaches of the Clarence, up Oyster Channel, past Micalo Island and up to Carrs Drive boat ramp, in magnificent conditions. As everyone was enjoying themselves the session extended to an hour and a half and all benefitted from the taxing of our aerobic capacity during this scenic paddle.
Congratulations to the newly elected Board of Directors:- Cheryl Coleman, Graham Dunford, Ree Dunn, Lynda Leslie (treasurer), Gail Scobie, Lesley Sutton (secretary), Wayne Sutton.
Also at the AGM were our Major Award presentations.
Congratulations to Judi Greig who was awarded Life Member. Judi has been a member of CCDBC for ten years. She is often the first person at paddling with the green box opened and paperwork ready to go for both old and new paddlers. Judi is our window to the community as the first-person new paddlers often communicate with. She is part of the leadership team, is highly respected and any comments she makes are thoughtful and considered, always willing to help with any task if required. With all social events organised she has committed to any theme and always been involved. Without a doubt, at any Regattas attended, Judi performs to the best of her ability and is gracious in defeat. Judi is an excellent role model and ambassador for the sport of dragon boating. She is a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.
Club Person of the Year was presented to Ree Dunn and Rhonda Winters.
Ree, our club President, through her solid direction, has kept our little club afloat. Two years ago, she took on the role of President. She is also a Level 3 sweep, a coach and one of a very small group who tow the boat. She quietly gets in there and helps out and that embodies our club ethos – inclusive and supportive.
Rhonda has worked tirelessly throughout the season searching the Yamba surrounds for discarded bottles and cans to boost the club social fund. Each month, despite a fall in our revenue from club fees and fundraising due to COVID restrictions the social account continued to climb. As a senior coach, she has supervised Steve and Ree to attain their coaches’ certificate. The time, effort and expertise she puts into this role is appreciated and valued.
With three recently joined members and a further six paddlers enjoying five free sessions, we are now looking forward to our 2020/2021 season.
CCDBC Flaunt their Flannies…. A Great Cause
Flannie Day is an awareness and action day on the issues of homelessness and hunger in Australia. Tragically, the number of Australians experiencing food insecurity and homelessness is increasing. The most recent Foodbank Hunger Report reveals 4 million Aussies experienced food insecurity in the last twelve months.
For the 3rd year Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club members searched their wardrobes to find and wear a flannelette shirt to the paddling session to show we care and acknowledge that every Australian deserves the dignity of having a safe home to go to and enough food to eat.
Paddlers also donated non-perishable food to assist those at risk and experiencing homelessness. The donated non-perishable food was then taken to Wellspring Christian Church, Yamba. Wellspring Community Care support those in need with access to groceries at reduced prices as well as providing access to emergency food parcels for those in need.
As winter comes to an end and spring approaches, our beautiful Clarence River is the perfect setting for challenging yourself to improve your fitness and strength and meet new friends. The club meets at the Yamba Moby Dick Boat Ramp on Saturday at 7.30am and Hickey Island on Wednesday at 2.30pm for an hour of paddling. We have coaches and experienced paddlers willing to offer advice and support. Come and give it a try! You will be warmly welcomed. Contact President Ree Dunn 0407436891
We are back on the water and loving it!!
CCDBC continue to engage in a virtual world
Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club not only survived Stage 1 of Isolation Fitness Madness but have just completed Stage 2 with 24 me mbers taking part. Teams were rearranged and new Team Captains were delegated, and the fitness challenges exercised members brains as well as their bodies.
Similar to Stage 1, new team names had to be found. … Which quarantine bird are you and their reason for their choice. So we had the:
Brahminy Kite *completely independent, can hover effortlessly and so provide a good surveillance of people sneaking across borders on illegal holidays, *are self-sufficient and able to catch fish and can also catch rats, (there are a few people around like that, they have all the toilet paper) *and like us they are beautiful, graceful and elegant.
The Golden Eagle *Cos we are going to " Fly like an eagle“, *It's also the bird featured on the Mexican flag which, as we all know, is where Corona comes from!!!
Team Albatross *Great isolation as they fly around the sea virtually not stop for years, *Maintain great social distancing with a wingspan of 3.5mm, *If humans were like the Albatross COVID-19 wouldn't spread as they are very solitary creatures.
The Invincible Bitza Bird *Genetic Pool of the Lorikeet (toilet paper under control - down to five squares only at one time), Kookaburra (always laughing), Cockatoo (playing by the rules of anti-virus distancing), Seagull (just LOVVVVE our chips), Bower Bird (would love a bunker, but no room for extension), Magpie (always warbling with no one really listening - hinge - drive - power – up), Owl (no not much has changed - life as usual).
The next challenge was for each team to submit 3 jokes. The Bitza Birds did well…
*It may take a village to raise a child, but I swear it will take a vineyard to home school one.
*Anyone else starting to get a tan from the light in their fridge.
*The buttons on my jeans have started to social distancing from each other.
The final team challenge of Stage 2 was to have a caption for the photo and the winners were:
A'hhh the serenity, ‘Where the bloody hell are you?’, Big line up at ‘One Fine Cup’ and Unprecedented.
Team captains made daily contact with their team either by text, email or phone ensuring exercises and challenges were completed and just to chat. DJ Bruce chose some fabulous ‘songs of the day’ to exercise to. President Ree when interviewed was really thrilled to see the input and commitment of each team to compete whilst keeping each other entertained and connected to our fab little club.🏋 .’ CCDBC will now move to Stage 3 of Isolation Madness with 25 members committing to The Push-Up challenge to start May 11.
CCDBC Novel Ideas to support home isolation
As we are no longer keeping fit on the water Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club has come up with some novel ideas to keep members fit but also to keep the social interaction happening whilst ‘social distancing’. Teams are set regular challenges which members must complete and report back to their team captain. The first challenge was to come up with a suitable team name. The 5 names are Corona X Fits, The Corona Conquerors, COVID Warriors, The 4 C's - Clarence Coast COVID Commandos, Team I'm Still Feelin' it!
Challenge 2 - members are completing a 9-day exercise program of 9 exercises which increase in repetition and sets. Examples are high knees, push-ups, planks, wall sits, tricep dips, lunges and squats. Challenge 3 – members had to send in their quirky COVID Fact. And the winners were: the ingenuity of utilising bra cups as face masks!!, nearly all TV Reporters reporting from home, have designer bookshelves, every Green Bin is overflowing and feeling safer at present walking down a dark alley with a wad of cash than a 36 pack of loo paper!!
One member has challenged their dog to complete the daily exercises!!
When we survive COVID 19, CCDBC will thrive.
Local Dragon Boats paddle the magnificent South Arm
The Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club joined forces with Grafton Dragon Boat Club to enjoy a fabulous Australia Day paddle on the mighty Clarence River at Brushgrove. Following an hour of paddling the South Arm, completing several tasks which challenged the brain as well as the paddling skills (thanks Tracey), both dragon boat crews headed to the Brushgrove Pub for a relaxing breakfast. As part of the social activities, paddlers Australiana slang, history and music knowledge were tested with ‘Winners are Grinners’ winning the quiz and ‘4 Sheilas and 2 Drongos’ showing their superiority winning the ‘Spicks and Specks’ Award. Fashion on the water was awarded to John, who had the Aussie flag flying from his yellow and green hat, add in an Aussie bow tie and a boxing kangaroo shirt. Jan also shared the fashion award with her flashing red white and blue lei.
As 2020 has arrived, possibly there are a few new arrivals to the Clarence Valley, or a few locals may have taken the step into retirement! So now is the time to take the opportunity to make new friends, decrease those stress levels further and enjoy regular social activities and try dragon boat paddling.
Don’t put it off, act now and help yourself to live long and live well – join us on Wednesday 3.30pm at Hickey Island and/or Saturdays 7.30am at the Yamba Boat ramp. Contact President Ree 0407 436 891 for more details.
2019 CHRISTMAS PARTY
As members and friends arrived for our annual Christmas dinner the temperature thankfully began to drop and all were treated to a spectacular sunset from the deck of Café Marina.
What a night Santa’s helpers had planned. The night began with Elf Chez upstaging Santa, arriving on a motorbike. Sue, Kaye and Jan played their air guitars in a tribute to Freddie Mercury’s Queen, ‘We Will Rock You’ and Santa and Elf Chez delivered presents.
To end the night, amidst much laughter, Santa’s crew gave a brilliant rendition of the “12 days of Clarence Coast”.
Yamba Triathlon December 2019
A huge thank you to the 23 members and friends (Genie, Ken, Lynnsey, Ali, Greg) who volunteered for the Yamba Triathlon on Sunday 8th December. The organisers passed on their appreciation for the smooth running and coordination of the event - greatly aided by the efforts of our members controlling traffic, managing drinks station and generally being helpful where required.
All boats are you ready, attention, GO!
The Grafton Dragon Boat Regatta, held during the Jacaranda Festival, is one of our main racing outings for the year. This year Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club partnered with the Tweed Dragons to create a combined team. And what a great partnership it was. In our two women’s 200 metre race heats, we were third across the line, very commendable efforts. Like many heats-based sports, times in heats are what get you into the finals and the Clarence/Tweed team were delighted to qualify as the fifth of five finalists. We put our best efforts into the final and lifted again to be third across the line.
Getting to races and finals is based on our regular training sessions. Races and winning are not the only reason to get involved in a sport. Exercise, maintaining fitness, social participation and companionship are increasingly identified as important for our health and wellbeing, especially as we grow older. There is evidence that exercise can help prevent and manage adult chronic disease and there is increasing evidence of its importance for preventing dementia. If you want to improve your fitness and make friends while paddling on our beautiful Clarence waterways, come and join us at a training session – Saturdays from the Yamba boat ramp at 7.30 am, Wednesday 4:30pm at Hickey Island boat ramp. Details are on our website.
October has been a busy month of participation for CCDBC members, despite the winds that sometimes wreak havoc with our planned paddling sessions!
To celebrate the Clarence River 53 Islands, we circumnavigated Dart Island at high tide, braving sand bars with some delicate ‘teacup’ paddling, facing the wind head on and enjoying the scenery and exercise! You get an exceptional view of our beautiful islands and seascapes from a dragon boat, plus the satisfaction of ‘feeling the burn’ and getting fit at the same time.
World Mental Health Day was marked by 7 of our members joining staff of Our Healthy Clarence (North Coast Primary Health Care Network) and other community groups with an early morning 5km walk (Steps to Wellbeing) around Ford Park, followed by breakfast. There are some great photos of CCDBC members on the Our Healthy Clarence Facebook page.
On Saturday 19th October, club members donned loud shirts with fluoro pink, orange and assorted motley-coloured designs to be part of “Loud Shirt Day” raising funds for Hear and Say: Opening Worlds. This initiative was developed to support young children who have a hearing disability to access timely interventions designed to help them to live life to the best possible. We raised $60 to donate to the cause.
We also had four of our elite athletes, Jan Booth, Cheryl Coleman, Kim Sanders and Ree Dunn, travel to Adelaide for the 17th Australian Masters games as part of the Far North Coast (FNC) dragon boat team. This team was made up of women and men from dragon boat clubs between Camden Haven and Ballina. The FNC team competed in multiple races and categories, and most importantly had a fantastic team experience. They even fitted in sampling a few of South Australia’s excellent culinary delights and wines. Jan won a gold medal as a member of a breast cancer survivors’ team from Hunter Newcastle.
CCDBC partnered with Tweed Dragons at the Grafton Jacaranda Dragon Boat Regatta. Following two nail biting competitive heats, we made the final and came in third overall; a fantastic outcome. Having several paddlers competing across all races was an effective strategy and we are looking forward to partnering again in future to provide more regatta attendances for the club.
Our dragon boat paddles are an excellent way to stay fit, work as a team, promote social awareness campaigns, and they provide opportunities to get an up-close view of stingrays, dolphins, sea eagles and pelicans. We paddle from the boat ramp near the fish co-op on Saturdays at 7.30 am and from the Hickey Island boat ramp Wednesday at 4.30 pm. New paddlers are welcome at any time. Come and give it a try.