Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club recently celebrated the end of the Football World Cup with a presentation lunch at the Yamba Shores Tavern.
For the past month, paddlers have been immersed in football. From being allocated one of 32 teams to follow, paddlers were set various challenges each week to research. The challenges certainly were completed with enthusiasm and gusto.
During warm ups they greeted each other in the language of their country, they tried very hard to pronounce their player’s names (some with 25 letters) and then provided some scandalous facts about their teams. The Icelandic Clap was certainly one to get the heart rate up!
Two mornings they paddled in traditional dress to the delights of other boats as they passed the Clarence Coast dragon boat on the Clarence River.
The final challenges tested their mettle as they composed football acrostic poems and attempted to identify all 32 flags.
At the end of each session the club members crossed the road to ‘One Fine Cup’ where winners of each challenge were announced and they enjoyed cakes and slices traditional to their country.
As a result, the paddlers certainly had many laughs along the way and honed their research skills.
If anyone is interested and have an hour to spare, come and try dragon boat paddling. 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 Boat Ramp on Wednesday 2.30pm and Saturday 7.30am 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.