Masters teams take to water for Australian national titles

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The Albany Cruisers Dragon Boat Club will compete against some of the country’s top athletes when their Australian Masters Games campaign kicks off today in Tasmania.

The event is a two-yearly sporting tournament with more than 6000 competitors from across Australia competing in more than 40 sports.

Albany will field teams in three divisions with a 10s team in the 40-plus and 60-plus categories, while the two sides will combine to form a 20s team in the open division.

Club coach Trish Williams said the teams had been working hard during the training phase.

“We should do quite well because it’s a very strong group that’s going across and they’ve been training really well,” she said

“We’ve been training three days a week in the mornings — some mornings have been very cold.

“They’re all doing extra gym work to improve their strength.

“Their enthusiasm has been amazing so it will be a successful trip no matter what the result.”

Albany is up against 13 other dragon boating clubs, with average times from a series of heats used to determine the winners.

Williams highlighted the benefits associated with dragon boating and encouraged more men to sign up in Albany.

“It’s great for people who can’t play other sports — it’s also a very inclusive sport,” she said

“It’s just the ultimate team sport too — everyone has to work in time and no one is more important than anyone else.”

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