Dragons Abreast Northern Tasmania holds 10 year reunion

PADDLES UP: Dragon Abreast Northern Tasmania’s Beth Sowther, Merran Thurley and Ros Lewis are keenly awaiting Saturday’s event. Picture: Paul Scambler.

It will be a day for laughter, stories and celebrations – and not to mention some paddle boating.

Dragons Abreast Northern Tasmania is holding its 10 year reunion on Saturday, May 20.

Since forming in 2007 the club has welcomed breast cancer survivors as well as supporters to experience the therapeutic benefits of paddle boating, all while making lasting friendships and promoting awareness.

The idea for the reunion was born when the club’s original committee reconnected to sign memorabilia, an event prompted by North Esk Dragon Boat Club president Craig Binns.

Attendees will have the opportunity to partake in a short paddle together in the ‘Tamar Tittilator’ and enjoy a morning tea, where organisers are excited to meet again with those who they have lost touch with throughout the years.

Club president Beth Sowter knows firsthand the positive impact paddle boating can have, particularly as a breast cancer survivor.

“It’s given me purpose, it’s given me empowerment and I am very, very proud to be a pink paddler.”

“I think it’s physically saved my life – and mentally.”

Committee member and club supporter Ros Lewis is urging those who have been involved in the club to get in touch.

“While we’ve heard from a lot of past members, we haven’t heard from everyone,” she said.

If you have been involved with Dragons Abreast Northern Tasmania throughout its history and are interested in attending this event, contact us for further details.

Story: Julia Hoffner

Source: http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4657823/pink-paddlers-set-to-reunite

Ricky’s Biggest Game of Cricket

Ricky’s Biggest Game of Cricket will be one of the BIGGEST events in Tasmania this summer!

Hawthorn FC v North Melbourne FC

Launceston’s favourite son, Ricky Ponting, will return to Tasmania to captain his beloved North Melbourne in a T20 charity cricket match against former Australian teammate and Big Bash co-commentator Damien Fleming who will lead the Hawthorn side.

Thanks to all who attended…our first fund raising event for the year.

First shift: Vicki, Beth, Helen and Lesa.
Second shift: Karyn, Keeva, Trudy, Kelly, Mary-Ann, Kathy, Shelley and Linda.


Charity match is a big hit

2016 Elves and Reindeer Paddle

The Christmas elves and Santa’s flying friends were out on the water early in December, raising money for the Empty Stocking Fund.

Thanks to all who contributed, as it’s nice to do things for the community as well as for ourselves.


We did notice that there was a rebellious elf on board though, who seemed to be giving commands that weren’t from Kelly the elf, sorry, sweep.

Like “let it run” which we all instantly obeyed.

The drumming Santa is certainly getting the hang of the job, well done Santa. Good solid drumming happening.

And thanks to the sweep elf, who hasn’t been feeling on top of the world

Golden Oldies from Rocherlea


Tuesday the 29th of November proved to be a day of unpredictable weather as most of the spring had been. This was the date selected for a Dragon Boating come and try by some enthusiastic Goldies from the Rocherlea Community House.

They had indicated their interest after a talk presented earlier in the month.

Upon arrival at NERC around 4.20 PM the river looked fairly calm, the sun was out with a gentle breeze; so far so good.

oldies2Shortly afterwards our guests started to arrive so the business of organising forms to be filled in, demonstrating paddle technique, donning life jackets, finding a suitable paddle and a buddy in the midst of happy chatter, photos and our cheer squad setting up to watch commenced and, now the serious stuff of lining up on the pontoon, getting in to the boat, numbering off ready to take the first paddle stroke.

It wasn’t long before the wind and the river exhibited some challenging conditions but our new crew members were proving equal to the task, congratulations all round to an effort that contributed so much to the evening.

Thank you so much for coming along; you are very welcome to paddle with us any time. We paddle on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in the summer season and on Saturday mornings in the winter weather permitting.

And many thanks to Stephanie Rigby (BCNA), Ros Lewis and Merran Thurley (DANTI) for doing the hard yards in organizing, and to Kelly for assistance, and Paul for doing the hard sweeping on a windy evening.

Come and Try Paddle

The Come and Try, with Active Launceston was a successful day despite it being cloudy and windy, with 17 paddlers. Paul and crew of four taking on the task of navigating around the many sculls waiting to race so the paddlers could come dragon boating from seaport. Kelly and the rest of our club members provided the basic paddling education; a great introduction to the club, behind the club room.
Having loaded the two Dragon boats with a keen group of paddlers, and manoeuvred our way around the sculls that were hogging the water way, we headed on up the Esk for a trial paddle.

The land training provided must have been good as the new paddlers seemed to be doing well. We then headed up the Gorge, setting sail as we crossed the Tamar. As well as showing off the Gorge from the Dragon Boats, we had a few races, always good fun.

The paddle back due the wind was hard but all the come and try paddlers kept going. There were a few interested in coming back again.

Coffee at Bunnings was held a bit later than usual so our usual tables were occupied but we managed.