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Dragon Boats NSW appoint a new Chief Executive Officer

Sydney, 7th Sept 2015:
Dragon Boats NSW Inc is nationally; the largest state body for the growing sport of Dragon Boat racing. With over 60 clubs across the state, and being accessible for people of all ages and sporting abilities the sport is generating increasing community and athletic interest.

Over the past 12 months the Board of Dragon Boats NSW has undertaken an extensive review of its governance and organisational structures around the strategy, structure and people for its long term sustainability and success. One of the major strategic decisions by the Board was to appoint a Chief Executive Officer. After an extensive recruitment process Dragon Boats NSW is pleased to announce that Mr Glenn Tasker has accepted the role of CEO of Dragon Boats NSW. He has joins on Monday 7 September.

Glenn Tasker is a well-known and respected figure in Australian and NSW Sport. Currently President of the Australian Paralympic Committee, Glenn has held a number of senior roles notably CEO Tennis NSW, CEO of Swimming Australia and Swimming Competition Manager, Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Dragon Boats NSW President and Chair Trish Nicklin said “Dragon Boats NSW are thrilled about the appointment of Glenn Tasker as our inaugural CEO. Glenn brings to our sport a depth of experience as CEO across governance, participation and high performance culture; together with a wealth of knowledge in running community based sporting organisations. This appointment will enable our sport to build a strong base and endure long term sustainability, whilst providing valuable mentoring to our people’.

Glenn Tasker noted “I welcome the opportunity to step back into the day to day role of a State based community sport. My new role as CEO of Dragon Boats NSW will give me the opportunity to work closely with the Board to nurture the existing members and continue to grow the sport over the next few years. As with any state based community sport Dragon Boats NSW is not without its challenges. The work the Board has undertaken over the past 12 months to introduce significant changes into how the sport is managed, I think has laid positive foundations for the future of the sport.”


For further information, contact:
Trish Nicklin – President Dragon Boats NSW
Glenn Tasker – CEO, Dragon Boats NSW



The DBNSW AGM was held on Saturday Aug 8th and was very
well attended with the majority of clubs coming along to the
NSW Teachers Federation...a great conference venue!
Directors Brian Smith, Martin Hirst and Geoff Roberts were
re-elected for a further 2 year period, and Trish Tinyow
elected from the floor to serve another year as President
of our Association.
There were some interesting, educational and lively afternoon
sessions with a variety of topics expertly presented and debated.
We will be posting more info on those topics in the near future.
The DBNSW Annual Report can be downloaded here

Director Gio Cercone also briefed the meeting on the
current status of our Bank Street base. The PowerPoint
presentation can be downloaded here.

The Board would like to wish all our Aurora paddlers the very
best of luck as they head off to Canada for the World Champs.
Paddle hard, paddle strong and bring home the gold you deserve!!
If you want to keep in touch with the Auroras, you can get all
the info plus live video feeds here.

Here are the medal tables for both boat classes at the conclusion.




2014 - 2015 SEASON 

Individual OF THE YEAR



Andrew Blundell

At the conclusion of the NSW State Championships DBNSW announced their decision to award Andrew Individual of the year was based on his passion and dedication to the sport in the Northern region as Northern region Co-ordinator. Under Andrew's leadership clubs are being consistently updated and inspired through the weekly Northern News Bulletins, Northern facebook page which he initiated. The photo above demonstrates his "lead by example" approach as he proudly shows medals from NSW State Championships.


Spotlight - clubs

The Mavericks were honoured to be awarded the prestigious Dragon Boat NSW - Club of the Year Award this season. The award is handed out to the club who meets a number of tough selection criteria that are set out by DBNSW, and through a lot of hard work and dedication the Mavericks have been able to tick all the boxes!

Report from the President, Steve Chezzi 

The Mavericks have been running for over 20 years and train out of Banks St Pyrmont. We do welcome anyone who wants to “give paddling a go”, and our current members span four categories from the Premiers to the Senior C’s. We try to find the right balance between being competitive, whilst having a great social element. One of the clubs main messages is, “Be warned, social camaraderie and competition are addictive!” It has been a big season for the Mavericks. Our numbers have grown by over 30 members thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication from club members. We have supported the NSW State competition crews - 14 Mavericks were selected for NSW state teams across four categories. We love all aspects of the sport and regularly provided volunteers to support various regattas and DBNSW activities. The Mavericks also trained five corporate crews for the recent Chinese New Year Regatta held at Darling Harbour. All the while being the 'Mavs' the dragon boat community have come to know and love, especially at the Nationals After-Party!



Recent News


Calling all Paddlers, Drummers and Sweeps to apply for the 2016 State Team.

This year brings a new format for selections and team numbers and begins a revitalised and robust selection process. The key points for the 2016 State team;

1. Max of 24 male and 24 female paddlers per division.

2. All paddlers will paddle in their respective age groups.

3. Any current Auroras are not exempt any tests.

4. A $5 admin fee will be charged to conduct the fitness tests.

The commitment required for the State team will be attendance at a minimum of 6 camp days (Approx 4 -5 hours duration) held approx every 2 weeks as it has been previously which was well received by the majority of members. This may change depending on any coaching requests for additional training days.

The format for this year’s races have not yet been confirmed by AusDBF, but NSW will be training for full 20" crews in all divisions.

All selection criteria and fitness benchmarking information has been attached and any questions can be directed to the divisional coach in the first instance or to the DBNSW Director of High Performance (Giovanni Cercone).

The Proposed dates for fitness testing will be:

Sat 24th Oct 15 - 09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Sun 25th Oct 15 - 09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Sat 31st Oct (Spare Day If required).

Any request to conduct testing outside these times will be on a case by case basis.
If any of the testing cannot be done due to medical reasons, a medical certificate will be required and an alternative exercise will be arranged.

Water trials dates are expected to take place mid november with announcement of the team by early December with an initial training session prior to the Christmas period.

To apply for the state team please fill out the form here

When all applications have been collected, you will be informed when your trial date is programmed.

DBNSW encourages all members to apply and look forward to putting the best crew on the water to dominate this year’s competition at the State Level. We will of course be defending our title from last year.

Good luck to all participants.

For any enquiries please call Giovanni Cercone,
DBNSW Director of High Performance

on 0409 580 216 or 0416 657 446.


 NSW State Championships Results


Chinese Youth League (CYL) Premier Open Final Winners

 Congratulations to our Special Award Winners:

 2014/2015 Club of the Year – Mavericks

 2014/2015 Individual of the Year –Andrew Blundell

 2014/2015 President Recognition Award – Roger Seeto

 2014/2015 Margaret Cantwell Memorial Award – Elissa Mackenzie

 2015 – NSW State Team Flag Bearer – Diane Dugar 

 2015 Race 1 to Race 4 Club Category Champions

Junior/U24 Women – Danebank / Sandy Point

Junior/U24 Mixed – Sydney Zodiacs

Grand Masters Mixed – Nowra

Masters Mixed – Pittwater DBRC

Masters Women – Pittwater DBRC

Masters Open – Nowra / Pendragons

Premier Mixed – ACCA

Premier Women – Sydney Tsunami

Premier Open - ACCA






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