State Championships cap off a great season

By Tim Byrne, Coach

Cockburn Blade’s successful season was capped off with two days of great results at the State Dragonboating Championships held at Champion Lakes on Sunday 12 and Sunday 19 March.

The photo finishes we were involved in highlighted the fierce competition over the two days of racing. We missed out on 1st in two of the Mixed 10s races by a ‘dragon’s nose hair’!

Being second in the medal tally on both days of the State Championships is a small measure of the club’s growth and success.

However, greater measures of the year’s achievements are the feeling around the club and the willingness to play our individual role in every aspect of training and racing. We are, without doubt, the happiest and most unified club in WA. That is the real measure of success!



1st (tied) Women’s 10s

2nd Mixed 10s

2nd Women’s 20s

3rd Mixed 20s


2nd Women’s 10s

2nd Mixed 10s

2nd Women’s 20s

1st Mixed 20s

State medal haul


Long-serving members honoured at first regatta

The day started bright and early for the Cockburn Blades as the first regatta of the season also celebrated the clubs 30th Anniversary. The members proceeded to set up the tents and the BBQ. The substantial raffle prizes were well displayed and caught the eye of many a paddler willing to try their luck. Club members also contributed to setting for DBWA and helping other clubs unload their boats.