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.
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 regularly 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 has also enjoyed 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; Hong Kong and Long Beach California, USA.
Our Red Dragon Art is by Peter Lewis – www.livecaricatures.com.au