Albury-Wodonga hosts 2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships

DRESS REHEARSAL: Dragon boat racing on Gateway Lakes in March served as a practice run for this week's 2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships, which kick off with the opening ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.
DRESS REHEARSAL: Dragon boat racing on Gateway Lakes in March served as a practice run for this week's 2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships, which kick off with the opening ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

PREPARATIONS at Gateway Lakes are almost complete as Albury-Wodonga gets ready to host thousands of paddlers over the next six days.

The 2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships will open officially on Wednesday, with veterans, juniors, premier and state competition to follow.

Committee member Sandy Nickels said up to 2500 competitors from all over Australia would participate in the first championships held in a regional centre.

“We’re just making the final touches to the course, making sure of the starting equipment and doing some trials,” she said. “It’s looking great, the site itself looks spectacular. 

“Wodonga Council has laid over 3000 square metres of turf. We’ve never really had a beach before but there’s a lot of sand there now right down to the water’s edge.

“There’s been a lot of hours put in by volunteers from both our local clubs over the last year to get this up to the standard that’s needed for national level.”

Members of the two Border clubs, Warriors and Brave Hearts, have been selected for the regional Victorian team in Saturday’s State vs State racing.