Dragon boat: Cockburn quartet eye world championships

Dragon boat racers Carlie Byrne, Kristin Priest, Vivienne Wigg, Sharon Corsbie have their eye on selection to next month's world championships in China.
Dragon boat racers Carlie Byrne, Kristin Priest, Vivienne Wigg, Sharon Corsbie have their eye on selection to next month's world championships in China.

THE world championships beckon for a quartet out of the Cockburn Dragon Boat Club.

Vivienne Wigg, Carlie Byrne, Sharon Corsbie and Kristin Priest blitzed last year’s selection trials in Sydney, where they paddled their way into being Australia’s representatives at next month’s Dragonboat World Nations Championships in China.

Byrne said they had spent all year training hard at their East Fremantle Yacht Club base and were eager to go up against the best dragonboat athletes in the world.

“Training has gradually been ramping up over the year; we are now up to six paddling sessions and three gym sessions per week,” she said.

“Historically, Australia has done well at the World Dragon Boat Championships-In 2015 Australia won 63 medals, consisting of 16 gold, 30 silver and 17 bronze and we hope to remain competitive this year and bring home more medals for our country.

“This experience is invaluable when we come back to our club teams, as we can share our knowledge and encourage others to challenge themselves and become the best they can be at their sport.”

The World Championships are on in China from October 18 to 23.

Cockburn Dragon Boat Club’s season starts this week, visit www.cockburndragonboatclub.org.au for more information.

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