The yearly Australian Dragon Boat Championships (AusChamps) will be held in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from 17 to 22 April 2019 at the Rowing Course in Weston Park, Yarralumla (on Lake Burley Griffin). AusChamps is Australia’s premier Dragon Boating event in which clubs from all States compete against one another for the title of National Champion. This event will host around 3,000 competitors from all registered States and Territories of Australia competing across a broad range of categories, with up to 50 clubs racing per day every five minutes during five days.
Coming back to the ACT for the first time since 2011, this edition of the Championships is expected to be bigger and better than previous iterations. “Getting an event of this magnitude properly produced is a big challenge, but bringing AusChamps back to the ACT is a big personal responsibility for all of us in Dragon Boat ACT (DBACT) because we are all Canberrans and we love this fun, rich and culturally diverse international sport” said Kirsty Sheppard, Vice President, DBACT. “We truly want this to be a memorable experience for everyone visiting our beautiful Capital, not only for the thousands of competitors coming, but for all the fans, friends and families from the broader Australian community also attending, everyone is invited, Dragons from all over Australia will be here.”
“We will have fast-paced high-intensity races every five minutes during the span of the five days; so if you are a local Canberran, make a personal commitment to stop by and show your support of our local state team, the ACT Fire, I promise you will have a good time” said Nick Sifniotis, Chair, AusChamps 2019 Committee.
The five-day event kicks-off with an amazing opening ceremony on Wednesday 17th of April, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. A special traditional show and a musical number will take place during this free event, making it an exciting opportunity to meet with family and friends. Members from the government and the local media will be also present. Mark the date, come and experience the power of the Dragons. #DragonsAreComingACT