The Newcastle Hunter Dragonboat Club (NHDBC) has grown rapidly since its beginnings in 2000. It has evolved from a small number of dedicated people with a commitment and vision to dragon boating at a competitive level with over 100 members. The Club consists of energetic, enthusiastic people who come together from all walks of life and ages to take up the challenge and enjoy the dynamic sport. Whilst our overall aim is to be competitive, we also place a lot of importance on the core value of our Club – to enjoy each other’s company on and off the water. We hold regular social activities and events as a Club, in which members take advantage to learn more about each other and to build friendships.
Whilst our membership is largely of the more mature age, we are keen to recruit younger paddlers to enable us to compete in the Premier Division (under 40s).
We also have a strong Dragons Abreast (DA) contingent. These paddlers have been an active part of the Club from the beginning.
We train on Throsby Creek, an inlet off the mighty Hunter River, and occasionally enjoy a paddle down Newcastle Harbour.
Over the short life of the Club, a number of our Members have qualified as State and Australian representatives competing at the National Titles in QLD, SA, WA, VIC and ACT; the Asian Championships at Macau; and at World Championship events. It is the clubs aim to compete annually as a Club at the Australian Championships.
Our Club also enjoys the thrill of racing overseas against international teams. In 2006, we participated in our first overseas event as a Club in Penang, Malaysia – and more recently at Boracay, Philippines; Putrajaya International Dragon Boat Regatta (near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); Shanghai; and Long Beach California, USA.
Our members have also participated in the longer events such as the 55km Ord River Paddle and the 41km Four Bridges Event in Hobart.
On occasions we hold a Community Regatta for our local corporate and community teams.
Our Red Dragon Art is by Peter Lewis – www.livecaricatures.com.au