The dragon boating season officially kicks off on Sunday, but a few eager beavers just couldn’t wait another week. Eleven excited paddlers went out and a few squeals were heard as the sweep teasingly steered a little close to the fountain spray on a cold wintry morning.
To start the new season a change of brigade has transpired to carry on the great work of the previous committee. The position of new president was a difficult choice with two outstanding contenders. Votes were fifty-fifty for Bill Thomas and Chris Sweeney, both dedicated and visionary men. Coming down to the wire, the final decision had to be drawn from a hat, with Bill’s name selected.
Chris Sweeney took on the demanding role of secretary. Michael Green continues on as treasurer, Kristine Dobell as registrar and Ian Prince remains equipment officer. Other new board members, Liz Mitchell and Beth Thomas took on the roles of grants officer and publicity officer respectively.
As Carmen Stephens has carried out the coach’s position with such aplomb, it was unanimously decided by the new
board to continue with Carmen as head coach. Assistant coach is Warren Edwards. New paddlers are always most
welcome. Contact Bill or Beth on 0418 253 045 or Chris Sweeney on 0414 762 775.
By Beth Thomas