Community Corner

Community Corner

CALLING ALL CLUBS! We want you to share your stories, photos, videos, anything from clubland with us.

If your club has something to submit for Community Corner, please send it to

Peisheng Boat for sale

Lake Jindabyne Snow Dragon is selling Peisheng IDBF-912 10 Seater Dragon Boat

Total Length - 11.6 metres Hull Length - 9.6 metres Width - 1.14 metres Depth - 0.49 metres Weight - 180 kilograms Made in China to IDBF specifications White with Sky Blue scales. Complete with head, tail, drum seat, drum and steering oar. Marine cover and two stands

More info please reach out to Jacqui Neijens at

DSA is selling 2 used Champion 20s Dragon Boats (purchased in 2010/2011 season)

Clubs can reach out directly to Sabrina at for more information + organise inspection/photos.

Bei Loon's 20th Anniversary

Dragon Boats NSW celebrates Bei Loon's outstanding two decades of paddling history! Hats off to their commitment to fitness, community building, and triumphant competition achievements. Join us in giving a cheer for Bei Loon's impressive 20-year journey, and here's to countless more years of paddling triumphs.


Wanted: Second Hand Champion 20's Boat

Jindabyne Snow Dragons are looking to purchase a second hand Champion 20's boat.

We also have 2x 1987 Geelong Hull dragon Boats free to good home. 

if your club is looking to sell Champion or Swift 20's boat, please contact Jo Davis on 0407926347 or email


DSA at Rhodes Dragon Boat Festival

08 - 09 July 2023

DSA took part in the two-day Dragon Boat Festival in Rhodes, and what an amazing weekend it turned out to be.

It was a fantastic event with something for everyone including live music, food, dance performances, kid's workshops and demonstration dragon boat races in the bay. Much to the delight for the kids (and us big kids), there were also land racess using inflatable dragons. Though we had a string start, and aced those turns. DSA sadly got pipped in the final for the gold metal, but we'll come back stronger next year.

Intrigued by the strange looking "rowing machine" and the beat of the drum, people from all walks of life - from curious kids and daring grandparents, to runners, gym-goers and seasoned canoeists - dropped by our stall to learn about the sport and give paddle erg a go. Locals who had never paddled before relished the chance to jump on and get a feel for it, wiith many surprised at just how difficult it was.

We had a blast getting out into the community to promote the club to local residents and introduce them to the amazing sport of dragon boat racing.

A big thank you to all who were invloved in organising the event, including Rhodes Multicultural Community Association and TM Media, and the City of Canada Bay who supported the event.



Wanted: Second Hand 10's Boat

07 July 2023

Namoi Dragons located in Narrabri are looking to purchase a second hand 10’s boat.

Also wanting information on a dolly for their 20’s training boat to help manoeuvre the boat in and out of the lake.

If your club has a dolly for sale or if you have made one and can offer advice, please contact Karen Kirkby on 0428944500 or email


Kalang River Classic

26 March 2023

The Kalang River Dragon Boat Club hosted the 2023 Kalang River Classic on Sunday March 12. The event is a race for all types of paddling craft and is held bi-annually on the beautiful Kalang River at Urunga. The race covers a challenging and picturesque 14.5km. circuit around Newry Island for dragon boats, outriggers, kayaks and surf skis with a shorter 1 km. course for stand-up paddle boards and canoes.

This year the race event attracted over 140 paddling participants who travelled from as far south as Maitland and from Currumbin in the north as well as Tamworth, Taree, Port Macquarie, Camden Haven, South West Rocks and Coffs Harbour and included sporting teams, hobby enthusiasts and family members together to share the fun time on the water.

Amongst the mix of competitors were two combined dragon boat teams. First place went to the Bumblebees - members from the Manning and Camden Haven clubs resplendent in bright yellow and black and 2nd place to Kalang Rocks the South West Rocks/Kalang combined team. The 1st and 2nd place in the outrigger class was taken out by the Coffs Harbour Outriggers followed by the Maroro team from Port Macquarie in 3rd place.

The organisers were proud to be able to hand over a generous donation of $2,000 to the Nambucca Marine Rescue group that looks after the Urunga waters. The funds will be used to purchase a public network safety radio. Donations were also made to the Urunga and Bellingen SES as a thank you for their services on the day.

The Kalang River Dragon Boat Club encourages other dragon boat club to plan to be part of the fun and action when the event takes place again in 2025.  


DSA Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Gala Dinner

17 March 2023

Dragon Sports Association (DSA), one of the oldest dragon boating clubs in Australia, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a grand gala dinner on 25 February 2023, at the Doltone House Darling Island Wharf.

The evening was a momentous occasion for the club, with members, supporters, and distinguished guests from the community and sport.

Ms. Felix Hamilton, President of the Dragon Sports Association, expressed her gratitude to the members and supporters who have contributed to the success of the club over the years. She said, "DSA’s 40-year history is not a story of one entity, but rather a living canvas upon which every individual has left their own unique mark, contributing to the ongoing narrative of DSA that will be passed on to generations to come. This celebration is a testament to everyone who was, has been, is and will be part of this amazing club, and the current Board of Directors. We also thank Dragon Boats NSW (DBNSW), Australian Dragon Boat Federation (AUSDBF) and the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) for their continued support and all the great work that they do to shape the future of dragon-boating and provide clubs and individuals with hope and optimism to continue striving towards high performance and excellence.”

The evening featured a sumptuous banquet, live entertainment, and speeches by distinguished guests. Among them was Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, City of Canada Bay, who praised the club's commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle through dragon boating.

The 40th anniversary dinner was a testament to the club's enduring legacy and the dedication of its members. The club's commitment to promoting the sport of dragon boating and fostering a strong sense of community among its members is a shining example of what can be achieved through sport.

On the night, DSA recognised the commitment, dedication, and loyalty of three individuals who have been instrumental to DSA's success. We thank them for their service.

George Louie - Long-Service Award

Ashur Barutha - Special Recognition Award

Jerry Krejcik - Legend Award and DSA Life Membership Recipient


About Dragon Sports Association

DSA was one of the first Dragon Boat Clubs formed in Sydney, Australia in 1983. DSA are based in Rhodes and have a proud history of competing at the highest levels of the sport. As current Australian champions in the Senior B (over 50yrs) division, they strive to replicate this achievement in the Premier (under 40rs) and Senior A (40-50yrs) divisions.


Contact Information

Dragon Sports Association (DSA) Dragon Boat Club

Address: Uhrs Point Reserve, Concord Road, Rhodes, NSW, Australia, New South Wales

Phone: +61 490 162 058




Kalang Paddlers Clean Up The River

4 March 2023

The Kalang River Dragon Boat Club members sacrificed their usual training exercises to participate in the Clean-Up Australia campaign on Saturday March 4 by collecting rubbish along the river where they paddle each week. 

Despite picture perfect conditions on the day with the river aquamarine in colour and looking crystal clear, there was still plenty of rubbish to be found along the river banks.  The team collected three large bags of rubbish much of which was plastic waste.

The club had two boats on the water including some new paddlers and were escorted by a playful group of dolphins diving around the boat as they paddled looking out for rubbish. 

‘The stop/start paddling was a good exercise for the new paddlers and also our sweeps who did a sterling job of manoeuvring in and out of the inlets, under trees and other tricky spots,’ said club member, Beth Spriggs.

‘Our members were keen to be part of the clean up as the river is our playground and we want to keep it pollution free. It’s our way of giving back to nature and the Urunga community.’


Sussex Inlet Members Keeping Their Skills Sharp

28 February 2023

January and February were very busy for our Club with:

  • 11 paddlers attending a First Aid Course
  • Paddlers completed their annual swim test
  • 2 paddlers attended the Coach Course in Sydney
  • Come and Try Day that attracted 12 newbies
  • 5 have signed up with DBNSW and our Club to date with more to be added.


Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds for our little Club on the South Coast.


Floating boardwalk and 20-metre fountain to make Lake Canobolas 'much more enjoyable'

14 February 2023

Lake Canobolas in Orange will soon see a number of improvements to the waterway including a new ramp which will help the two local dragon boat clubs significantly.

Full article can be read here (note behind paywall)


Central Coast looking to sell trailer

The Central Coast Sea Dragons has a double trailer currently available for purchase. If you would like to know more please contact Sue at


Hunter River Dragons looking for Second Hand Boat

Hunter River Dragons are looking for a second hand to purchase. If you have one available please contact Sharyn at


Pendragons Boat for Sale

23 Jan 2023


Peisheng IDBF-912 10 Seater Dragon Boat.
Total Length - 11.6 metres
Hull Length - 9.6 metres
Width - 1.14 metres
Depth - 0.49 metres
Weight - 180 kilograms
Made in China to IDBF specifications
White with Sky Blue scales.
Complete with head, tail, drum seat, drum and steering oar.
Purchased new for 2017 Nationals in Wodonga .
Hardly used since.

Contact PENDRAGONS Dragon Boat Club

Jane Howard - 0419987196


Lucy Richardson - 0401851028


Hawkesbury Dragon Boat Club Learn to Paddle Success

28 Nov 2022

Hawkesbury River Dragons have recently completed an extremely succesfully 4 week Learn to Paddle Program in November. Around 25 people completed the program with help from Deepwater Coach and DBNSW Director Kathy Cummings.


Manning River Dragon Boat Club bring home the bling!

14 Nov 2022

The Manning River Dragon Boat Club joined with the combined team NSW Motley Crew to compete at the recent 2022 Pan Pacific Masters Games at Lake Orr.

Seventeen Manning River Dragon Boat Club team members joined NSW Motley Crew making up the 65-member team that travelled from NSW to the Queensland venue.

The team competed in 200m, 500m and Around the Island (approx 4.8 kms) races over the three days from Wednesday 9th November.

Under the guidance of NSW Motley Crew organiser and coach, Flamin’ Dragon’s coach, Jenny Higgins the crew added two extra sessions to their four club sessions a week to prepare for their challenge at the Pan Pacs games.

All Manning team members paddled hard and gained some well-earned bling from the games.




Dragon Boaters attend the Sport NSW Female Leaders Get on Board Program

21 Sept 2022

Fiona Wells of Ryde DBC and Chen Li of The Sloths DBC received a scholarship to undertake the Sport NSW Female Leaders Get on Board Program.

They completed the Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Board Readiness workshop with The Thinking Woman & Co.

It was a great opportunity for them to develop their leadership skills, enhance governance and finance knowledge. They were also taken on a tour of the new Cricket NSW home facilities.


Nambucca River Dragons looking for training boat

7 Sept 2022

Training in Macksville and Nambucca can only go ahead in a 10s boat at the moment, and that makes it hard when there are more that 10 paddlers keen to get on the water! Nambucca River Dragons 20s boat gave up after the last bout of flooding and is fully snapped in half! Paddlers are wondering if there's a club out there with an excess of boats who would like to donate one, or if they have a boat at very low cost to sell. They would be forever grateful!

Please if you have any ideas or are able to help. Email Tom McKenna on


Port Hacking and Sudu looking for extra paddlers for Pan Pacs

25 July 2022

Port Hacking Dragon Boat Club is entering a team into Pan Pacs 9-13 November on the Gold Coast, and would be delighted if members would like to join us to put up a good size team for this event. An opportunity to participate in a special event that is a great deal of fun, both on and off the water. Events include 200m, 500m and 8km Round the Island race. We have some accommodation booked at Broadbeach, 20 minutes from the race venue.
Please do contact me, Gail Howard, either via email ( or on 0432 942 231 for further information. We look forward to hearing from you.


Additionally, Norman Heine from Sudu is looking for two male paddlers and one (if not two) female sweeps to join their team at the Pan Pacs Masters. If anyone is interested please contact Norman on 0421 827 006.


Dragon Boating featured in new book thanks to Central Coast Sea Dragons

18 July 2022

A local author on the Central Coast, Dr Gordon Spence, will soon be releasing a book on the A-Z of various sports and thanks to some great input from the Central Coast Dragon Boat Club Dragon Boating will be featured!

Dr Spence was recently interviewed on Studio 10 to talk about this new book. Watch the full interview here.

The draft chapter on Dragon Boating can also be read here. Well done Central Coast!


Happy Purple Family

7 July 2022

A recent story featured on Sports Community on the experience of a Sloths member and how the club and sport has benefited their personal life. Full article here.


Pinnacle Dragons keeping fit at the local pool through winter

7 July 2022

Pinnacle Dragons paddlers have been keeping fit through winter by swimming and paddling at the local Aquatic Centre in Orange. The regular outing even received some local TV news coverage which can be watched here (timestamp 15:47).



Junior Ryders - Learn to Paddle, Fit to Paddle

7 July 2022

Ryde DBC was recently successful in securing a grant to run a "Junior Ryders - Learn to Paddle, Fit to Paddle" program.

This July as part of the City of Ryde school holiday program, Ryde DBC will teach new paddlers about the history of the sport and how to paddle and race in a dragon boat.

To find out more and to register click here

Pinnacle Dragons Attend Mental Health Training

27 June 2022

Having recently received a grant for volunteer training, four members of Pinnacle Dragons attended a Mental Health First Aid Training Weekend. Read more here.


  Grant Success for Deepwater

11 June 2022

Deepwater celebrated 10 years with a grant of $10,000. Thank you Adam Crouch MP for your generous support and help with the Community Grant and confirmation letter from Deputy Premier Paul Toole MP.

The grant will go towards the purchase of a much needed need boat and trailer, perfect timing for the new season and a growing community club.



Dragons Abreast Coffs Coast - Biggest Morning Tea

4 June 2022

It’s our mission to raise breast cancer awareness in our community. Our small but active and caring team got behind our Biggest Morning Tea raising $2,592 for the Cancer Council.

We had a morning tea table absolutely groaning with yummy food, tables of produce, books, jigsaws and plants for sale. Vintage & veteran cars surrounding the local Mylestom hall & dancing girls to entertain the 100 + guests.

It was a great morning for a good cause.



Because Paddling is Cheaper than Therapy


24 May 2022

Mako Paddle Club are back from their inaugural Mako Marathon. Read the full story here


Women Leaders in Sport

24 May 2022

Sloths president Chen li and U24 NSW Team Manager Maisie Young recently took part in a leadership course as part of the Women Leaders in Sport Grant. Check it out here


 DSA Dragon Boat Club gets stuck in with a working bee day

15 May 2022

While some of us were enjoying a restful Sunday without training, DSA got stuck in with a working bee day. Check it out here


Auroras Announce Premier Division Coach

10 May 2022

AusDBF had announce DBNSW & Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club Member Cat Anderson has been appointed as the Auroras Premier Division Coach effective immediately - Congratulations Cat! Read the full story here.



 Manning River Dragon Boat Club Come and Try Day

7 May 2022

Manning River Dragon Boat Club is holding a Come and Try Day - Saturday 7 May. The day will be followed by a 4 week learn to paddle program. Check out the details and Register here



10 April 2022

Deepwater Dragon Boat Club didn't quite see a fit for the Learn to Paddle program for them as they already had a social/beginner session every Sunday separate to their standard training, however they thought now at end of season they would give it a go purely from a marketing concept.

They had 30 paddlers show for their first session (they had to cap it) and have averaged around 20-22 returns for each session since.

It certainly provided a very positive interest and they intend to hold another early in the new season.



10 April 2022

The Sign is up! It’s official the Dragon Boaters are here to stay. SUDU Dragon Boat Club are full of excitment as they move in to their new club house.



15 March

Bei Loon has a set of paddles and dragon boat accessories avaiable for any club or group keen on taking them. This includes 5 drums, 5 drum seats, 5 dragon heads and tails anf 50 wooden paddles.

If interested please contact Bei Loon via Gayle



25 March 2022

Late last year a group of Bank St paddlers helped out Sydney Weekender with some Dragon Boating for their TV segment on the Hong Kong Experience. This episode aired recently and now the full video can be watched on youtube. Awesome work paddlers!




5 March 2022

Oh what a night!

Different Strokes took part in the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with, finally, a dragon boat on the parade!

Check out the amazing footage here 

We are proud to work closely with all Dragon Boats NSW members in promoting pride and diversity in our sport



3 March 2022

CENTRAL COAST DRAGON BOAT CLUB has just held our first Swim Test for the year.  Whilst this is an important part of the safety of our members we do like to make it a social occasion with a breakfast afterwards at The Entrance Lakehouse our sponsor.  P.S, we loved your cap Annie :)



26 Feb 2022

The Greater Port Stephens Dragon Boat Club officially launched its first new boat on Saturday 26th February. The launch ceremony was attended by Kate Washington MP, Meryl Swanson Federal MP, Port Stephens Deputy Mayor, Steve Tucker, representatives from organisations that assisted with fundraising for the purchase of the boat and members of the Hunter River and Newcastle Dragon Boat Clubs.

The launch successfully combined the traditional Chinese ‘dotting of the eyes’ ceremony performed by Kate Washington MP and an Indigenous Smoking ceremony to bless the boat performed by Jamie Tarrant of the Worimi Nation.
Following the official ceremony, many of our invited guests joined club members in a celebratory paddle.



26 February 2022 


Sloths very own Shona Stewart and Will Fitzgerald mix it with the best in some thrilling races at the World Indoor Rowing Championships. This was an awesome effort from both of them. Shona came 11th in the 50+ Womens division and Fitzy came 9th in the 40+ Men's division.

Check Out Shona race here and Fitzy's race here




Deepwater Dragons are in need of a reasonable 2nd Hand Champion Boat with all the trimmings

They would require it to be delivered to Saratoga, Central Coast as have no trailer.

If you have a boat that you feel may suit can you please contact us
0414 974 743



20 February 2022

The Blue Mountains Dragon Boat Club was officially launched at the beautiful Wentworth Falls lake with thanks to special guests Susan Templeman Federal Member, Trish Doyle State Member, Romola Hollywood Deputy Mayor, Suzie van Opdorp Councillor, Claire West Councillor, Peter Carroll Bendigo Bank and John Meng Chinese Teachers Association. Learn about the club here 



12 February 2022

Coffs Coast hold eye dotting ceremony for newest boat.

Full article here



17 January 2022

Forbes' Lachlan Dragons have made a cracking start to 2022 with success racing in Canberra.

Full article here



9 January 2022

Central Coast Dragon Boat Club has had a busy start to 2022. We have made it onto our local News station NBN and we have also had a visit from our Local MP Emma McBride. We had the NBN News reporter Will hop into the boat with us and our local MP came out for a training session. We love to share our passion of Dragon Boating around 😊

Full article here



12 December 2021

Lake Jindabyne Snow Dragons are looking for any NSW, ACT or VIC club that currently has a geelong style standard dragon boat available to hire for their upcoming Flowing Festival Regatta (Feb 2022). If your club has this specific style of boat available please contact Jo at asap




4 January 2022

The Deepwater Dragons had a great morning on the water with The Glen Centre. What an amazing group of men who developed their paddling skills in no time to finish off with a friendly race at the end of the morning.  So great to be able to show our Sport and Club to the group and be a positive event to support a fantastic community program. We look forward to next visit.



22 December 2021

Great Lakes Pearl Dragons were in the news celebrating the end of 2021 and the big year ahead for them in 2022. From an Open day to their rescheduled annual regatta, expect to see a lot of action coming out of the club.

Read More



14 December 2022

The Blue Mountains Dragon Boat Club is looking for help sweeping boats for training on occasionally Sundays. The club is currently in the process of training up sweeps but any additionally help while this is taking place would be greatly appreciated. If interested please contact Juan on





9 December 2021

Central Coast Dragon Boat Club has recently ran its 1st Learn To Paddle Program of the season and sought some local media to get this up and running.  We had two articles published in a local Newspaper along with a Radio interview. We are looking forward to our next Learn To Paddle in January.



 Simply Irresistible - Different Strokes Style

19 December 2021

Different Strokes have released their take on the Robert Palmer classic Simply Irresistible

Check it Out




15 December 2021

Our newest club Ryde DBC is excited to have partnered with Prospect Wines for their first fundraiser! Just in time for Christmas!

Find out more here





18 November 2021

Leaps & Bounds Ahead will be running a school holiday program in January early next year.

12-13 January 2021, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm.

Find out more here.





4 November 2021

Our very own Manning River Dragon Boat Club recently appeared on NBN News in their hunt for new members. Great to see our regional clubs working with local media to build awareness for the sport. Check it out!




11 November 2021

Congratulations to Easts Dragon Boat for driving a safety first culture within the club. Recently the club embarked on a club first aid training course day. Check it out!




22 November 2021

The Forbes Dragon Boat Club have named their new boat in honour of the club's first life member at a ceremony on Sunday, November 14. Congratulations to the club for such a fitting tribute. Read the story here Forbes Dragon Boat Club names new boat after life member | Forbes Advocate | Forbes, NSW




22 November 2021


Pacific Dragons kicked-off their season with a special guest appearance from four time Olympian and gold medallist, Drew Ginn who spoke about a range of topics, including his:

  • Athletic career
  • Mindset and the critical importance of athletes being 'present'
  • Sense of belonging and community sport

Read the story here 





26 November 2021        

Catch Andrew Wong from the Sloths Dragon Boat Club and the best of Aussie sporting culture for an original take on Sydney’s diverse, empowering and inspirational world of sport and entertainment.