All aboard the dragon boat

November 20, 2017

The Rotary Club of Deniliquin is looking to start a dragon boat chapter locally.

Similar chapters have been successfully started in nearby regional centres and are aimed at cancer survivors and those affected by cancer.

The popular on-water team rowing activity is considered therapeutic for cancer survivors, with a number of dragon boat groups throughout Australia.

Jane Atkinson from Brave Hearts Albury-Wodonga will be the guest speaker at a start-up event being held at the Deniliquin Golf Club on Monday evening.

Rotary president Martin Wilmshurst said the meeting is being arranged to gauge the amount of interest from locals.

‘‘If there’s enough interest we would consider establishing a dragon boats chapter here in Deni,’’ he said.

‘‘Given that we have a great asset in the river, I believe it is a tremendous idea.

‘‘Jane has suggested a minimum of 10 people would be sufficient as a start, however 20 would be even better.

‘‘It is an expensive but extremely worthwhile project with far reaching benefits for cancer survivors.

‘‘Initially the idea would be to attend training sessions in Albury-Wodonga then set up a major fundraising campaign in Deniliquin.

‘‘There would be a need to obtain a 10 or 20 seater boat and paddles so training can be held in Deni.

‘‘If we get the support then we would also consider holding a regatta with other dragon boat groups coming to Deniliquin.

‘‘There has already been interest expressed by various groups within Deniliquin so hopefully we can expand on that.’’

Monday’s meeting starts at 6pm with a cost of $20, with a barbecue dinner included.

All members of the community are welcome to attend, with no rowing experience needed to get involved.

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