Murrumbidgee Dragon Boat Challenge graces Lake Albert

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Dozens of teams took to Apex Park at Lake Albert on Sunday to participate in the annual races. Picture: Bidgee Dragons

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Dozens of teams took to Apex Park at Lake Albert on Sunday to participate in the annual races. Picture: Bidgee Dragons

LAKE Albert was brought to life on Sunday as hundreds converged to the sound of beating drums, splashing paddles and excitement during the Murrumbidgee Dragon Boat Challenge.

A host of Wagga schools, workplaces, clubs, community groups and organisations fielded teams to participate in the traditional regatta.

Dragon Boat racing is a long standing Chinese activity that has developed into a fast and furious water sport around the world.

Open to all ages, It fosters team spirit and co-operation as well as being an attraction to watch. 

Organiser Ann Buik declared the day a huge success for both competitors and on-lookers. 

“It was amazing, really awesome,” the Bidgee Dragons president said. 

“It is the ultimate team sport with everyone having to work together.”

Dragon boat racing spread across the world after a Canadian physician challenged the belief that women should not do any upper body exercises after breast cancer because it would adversely affect lymphoma.

“His dragon boat paddling trials demonstrated that post-surgery dragon boating did not affect lymphoma, and actually increased the health and well-being of the women in the trials,” said the Bidgee Dragons webpage.

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