Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Added On April 19, 2019

As Australia's premier dragon boating event, Australian Dragon Boat Championships, or AusChamps, hosts clubs from all states and territories in competing for the title of national champion.
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The 22nd annual Australian Dragon Boat Championships raised the curtain on Canberra's Burley Griffin Lake on Wednesday.
Nearly 3,000 competitors from clubs throughout the country participate in club vs club and State vs State races.
Canberra, home to the first AusChamps in 1998, is hosting the event for the third time.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH)2: YVETTE BERRY, Deputy Chief Minister of Australian Capital Territory
"Dragon boat racing is always growing into new activity. Do you know that Canberra has the highest sports participation rate in the country. So all of our sports are growing and dragon boat racing is one of them."
According to event organizers, dragon boat racing, which was first introduced to Australia in 1980, is now one of the fastest growing recreational and competitive water sports in the country.
There are currently close to 200 clubs consisting of nearly 7,500 members nationally throughout Australia.