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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Club set to celebrate in style

Newcastle Hunter Dragon Boat Club will celebrate 20 years of paddling on Throsby Creek and Newcastle Harbour with two special events.

A club dinner and function on Saturday 8 February will be followed by a Community Dragon Boat Regatta in Carrington on Sunday 16 February.

More than 200 competitors sourced from local community groups, corporates, health services,

government departments, friends and family will paddle the 200-metre race on Throsby Creek.

It aims to raise funds to support Rural Aid and other Hunter-based charities.

In 2018, the club provided much-needed donations to the Mark Hughes Foundation, which was chosen by its Dragons Abreast squad – a group of amazing paddlers and cancer survivors.

This time, members opted to lend a hand to those battling through the drought.

“It’s such a great day and we’re wanting to share that but, more importantly, a lot of us have friends and family in the Hunter Valley on farms,” Club President Natalie Perfrement said.

“We helped the Mark Hughes Foundation last year – he’s a local sportsperson and someone whose cancer was quite unique – and, this year, it was very clear from members that we needed to support friends and family who are doing it tough with the drought.”

Each team will compete in a series of heats leading to the final race.

Teams will be dressed up in costume and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed in addition to those who place first, second or third.

Paddlers and spectators can enjoy a something of the grill sold from the club barbecue, a hot

beverage or ice cream from vendors, and some delicious baked goods from the Dragon

Abreast squad.

Each vendor will also be donating part of their sales from the day to support

Rural Aid.

Newcastle Hunter Dragon Boat Club consists of more than 130 energetic, enthusiastic people who

come together to take up the challenge and enjoy the dynamic sport of Dragon Boat racing.

Members regularly compete in regional, state, national, and international competitions.

The club recently returned from Masters in Adelaide, where the Dragons Abreast squad

brought home the Gold, while its Senior A Women and Mixed Team claimed silver at the latest Dragon Boast NSW state series in Penrith.

To enter a team or join a team that need a few extra paddlers, contact the club

[email protected] or go to Facebook.

You can also visit dragonhunters.org.au for more information.