What is Gold Coast Dragons?
Gold Coast Dragons is a sporting club that prides itself on having a good time but also working hard to achieve results. As we say, “Paddle Hard. Play Harder”
What is a Dragon Boat?
A dragon boat is a boat that looks like a giant canoe (but is not a canoe). It has 10 seats and in each seat, 2 paddlers sit side by side. There is also a drummer at the front and a sweep (person steering) at the back. Race distances are usually 200m, 500m, 1000m and 2000m.
How did it start?
In ancient China the Dragon Boat was used for religious purposes as a way of appeasing the rain gods. Later Qu Yuan, a great warrior poet, committed suicide in the river Mi Lo, as a protest against the political corruption of the day. To commemorate this sacrifice the people began to organize Dragon Boat Races in his memory. Since that time over 2000 years ago, Dragon Boat Racing has become a major part of Chinese culture, representing patriotism and group integrity.