Canberra’s Ice Dragons dragon boat club joined the lofty heights of the Raiders, Brumbies and Capitals on last Friday night when they their capped off a remarkable 12 months by being named the Team of the Year at the 28th annual ClubsACT Sportstar of the Year Awards.
In April the Ice Dragons were crowned Australian Champions when Canberra hosted the national titles on Lake Burley Griffin’s Central Basin – the same location where the club broke the 24 hour World Record in November 2009.
In 2011 they also were crowned Pan Pacific Champions, secured their record sixth consecutive ACT Championship and had 17 club members selected for the Australian Squad that contested the World Championships in Florida in August. It’s the second year in a row the club has had the single largest contingent in the Australian team, and will help the local Canberra crew prepare to take on the World’s best in July next year when the top clubs from around the globe meet at the World Championships in Hong Kong.
The Ice Dragons are known for opening their arms to athletes of all ages and sporting ambitions, but the Ice Dragons coaching team has a habit of getting the best out of paddlers and help lift them to state and national representative honours.
This season the Premiers and Masters crews are looking for willing new recruits to help defend titles, and the Ice Dragons social crew and rookie development program will continue to offer something for those wanting to take a more laid back approach on the water while the rep paddlers churn through a more demanding workload.
Canberrans who want to take on their next sporting challenge are can attend the Open Day and new season registration this Saturday 29 October at 10.30am, and are also welcome at any training session at 5.40pm Monday or Wednesday afternoon or 8am Saturday morning at the Yacht Club. Full details on the ACT’s newly crowned team of the year are at www.IceDragons.com.au