The dragons have come home to roast for Port Macquarie with local dragon boat paddlers bringing home a gold medal in state competition.
Flamin' Dragons Port Macquarie received the being crowned the NSW Dragon Boat Club of the Year, the gold medal and a bronze medal in the annual Australian National Championships held in Canberra over the Easter weekend.
The spirited and synchronized local paddlers collecting a gold medal in the men's race and the bronze in the mixed event while the women's team made the final race but did not place.
Spokesman Andrew Blundell said the Mid-North Coast teams had paddlers from Port Macquarie, Taree, Nambucca, Forster and Camden Haven.
"Entering teams across several categories including the coveted State versus State competition, the teams from Port Macquarie made it through to several semi-finals," he said.
"Our women's team competing in the grand final against strong competition from across the country.
"In the State versus State competition members of Flamin' Dragons paddling as NSW Mid-North Coast returned triumphant with a gold medal in the men's race and a bronze in the mixed event."
Mr Blundell said teams were coached by Flamin' Dragons head coach David Pees through six months of training.
"In Canberra we had a lot of new members and the biggest thing was just getting that experience," he said.
"It was a pretty special meeting with Western Australian and Northern Territory paddlers, there was about 3000 in total.
"It was great just seeing how much competition there is out there and being recognised for all the work done fostering the sport across the nation.
"We would like to thank the Port Macquarie community for their support, we're proud of the teams who went and placed, and really really proud of women's team who have qualified for the 2020 Club Crew World Championship."
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