Denmark dragons to roar in Canberra

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Denmark Dragon Boat Club members
Camera IconDenmark Dragon Boat Club members Credit: Denmark Dragon Boat Club

Denmark’s dragon boat club members will join the dragon boat national team, Auroras, in Canberra this year.

Club coach and accredited sweep Maureen Cowdell has been selected as a senior competitor.

Meanwhile, younger members Elsie Edmonds and Jake Harris have both been selected to paddle with WA elite athletes in the Premier team.

Elsie Edmondsm, Maureen Cowdell and Jake Harris.
Camera IconElsie Edmondsm, Maureen Cowdell and Jake Harris. Credit: Denmark Dragon Boat Club

Ms Cowdell said she wouldn’t have put her hand up to compete nationally if it was not for the help of her junior team members.

“At the time of initial expressions of interest, I was asked to put my name down but I really didn't think I was athletic enough or had what it takes,” she said.

“But I recalled learning at a coaching course that we shouldn't expect others to do what we aren't prepared to try ourselves, so here I am, selected to represent my country with two of my junior members.”

Denmark Dragon Boat Club secretary Libby Foster said it had been an honour to train with brilliant young players over the years.

“Both Jake and Elsie travel from Bow Bridge and Walpole by bus daily and for dragon boat training they stay after school once or twice a week even if that means they will miss the bus,” she said.

“Their parents are amazing, they collect them after training and on Sundays they provide transport for them.”

The dragon boat national competition will be held over Easter in Canberra.

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