THE Lake Jindabyne Snow Dragons are the Dragon Boat state champions after winning gold in a photo finish recently.
Teams from across the state travelled to Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith Lakes to compete at the NSW Dragon Boat State Championships on a wet and windy day, with teams paddling at times in torrential rain.
A dragon boat team consists of 20 paddlers, one sweep and a drummer, to keep the paddlers in time. Paddling technique, timing and strength are the keys for success in the sport.
The Snow Dragons are dedicated to their paddling, training three days a week in all kinds of weather.
At the Championships the Snow Dragons competed in two events - the Premier mixed division and the Country Cup.
In the Premier mixed division they placed third and fourth in the heats, narrowly missing out on a place in the final.
The remaining event was the Country Cup, which was regained by the Snow Dragons in a close, well contested finish, coming from behind to win by three 100ths of a second.
It was an exciting end to the season and the Snow Dragons would like to thank their captain/coach Alan Davis, sweep Madi Davis, and major sponsor Serge's Cafe.