Give dragon boating a try for mental health

Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club
The Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club will hold a Come and Try session as part of Mental Health Week.

As part of Mental Health Week, the Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club is hosting a Come and Try session on Saturday for those wishing to take time out to learn a new sport.

According to secretary Lesley Grimminck, dragon boating is the perfect activity for getting fit, having fun and enjoying the outdoors in a friendly atmosphere.

“This is truly a sport that anyone can do,” she said.

“You don't have to have a special skill set or be of a certain level of physical fitness.

“Our youngest paddler is eight and our oldest is 80- you paddle to what you can achieve!”

Formed in 2008, the Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club train every week on the Burnett River.

The club hosts a regatta each year in The Greater Wide Bay Regional Regatta Series, competing with Seventeen Seventy, Cooloola, Hervey Bay and Burnett River Dragons.

Lesley said the Come and Try day was a perfect opportunity to be surrounded by a positive community during Mental Health Week.

The Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club

“You definitely become part of a big, happy team with us,” she said.

“We are all very friendly and really like to help each other out, whether it is on or off the water.

“There are many benefits to this sport, and they are not all physical benefits.

“To be out on the water, soaking in all of the beauty- it really makes you forget all your troubles, it is great for the mind as well.”

The Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club Come and Try Paddling Day will be held on Saturday, 12 October at 2.30pm at Lions Park, North Bundaberg.

For more information, phone 0490 242 305.