A NEW dragon boat club in Wilson is hoping to breathe some fire into the growing sport.
The Fury River Dragons are a new competitive club based on the Canning River and became just the 11th Dragon Boating WA affiliated club when they formed earlier this year.
Fury River Dragons paddler Ellie Davidson said dragon boating was one of the fastest growing water sports in Australia.
“In WA dragon boating is popular, with three teams located around the Fremantle area, two in Maylands, teams in Armadale, Mandurah, Bunbury and Denmark, as well as us in Wilson,” she said.
“Despite being a competitive sport, the dragon boating community is very supportive and competition days are very exciting.
“Combined with it being a high adrenaline sport that is good for your physical health, it has a social engagement aspect that is good for mental health also.”
Davidson said they were looking to grow their membership base so they could get more flexibility in what races they could enter.
“We currently have approximately 15 team members and we’d like to double that number,” she said.
“A full boat is 22 members and we’d like to compete in men’s, women’s and mixed competition.
“We have enough paddlers to crew a mixed 10s boat, but not a women’s boat and we have no juniors so as a result, there is very little flexibility on race day.”
The Fury River Dragons are looking for new team members aged 10 and older to join their club and are inviting locals to take part in three free training sessions to see if the sport is for them.
Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6pm and Sundays at 8.30am.
Visit www.furyriverdragons.com for more information.