Established in 2010, Komodo Paddle Club is the youngest dragon boat club in Dragon Boat ACT. We are a competitive yet social paddling club that train and compete throughout the year.
We place a strong emphasis on our paddling being fun while building fitness, competing at the most competitive levels we can and providing a supporting and fun family environment for our members.
Our competition goals are pursued each year with annual campaigns at the State and National levels which have seen enormous improvements in a short period of time for such a new club.
We head to Nationals each year with the same competitive goal – one podium finish, over any distance, in any category. It is a competitive goal we gave achieved each year since 2012.
Komodo is supported by the largest club group in Canberra, the Ainslie Football Club and this support has enabled us to further develop our club infrastructure and support our competitive goals.
We fields teams in men, women and mixed categories. The club also races in both the traditional 20’s format, as well as fielding 10’s crews whenever the opportunity arises. Bottom line – if there’s a race on, Komodo are up for it.
The end of each local season culminates in the ACT Titles where the ACT’s best crews and clubs are decided. At this stage crews are selected to represent the ACT at the National Titles which are held annually in a different State around Australia. Club crews are also entitled to compete at the National Titles over a number of different distances. (200m, 500m, 2,000m).
Komodo actively supports our paddler goals for State and National representative honours and is represented at both levels by members in both Premier and Masters’ categories. The club had travelled to every Nationals since its inception and plan to do so every year. We also have regular interstate road trips to exotic locations such as Nowra and Jindabyne.
At the highest level there is the chance to compete internationally. A number of regattas are held around the world including the World Titles and the World Club Crew Championships. Komodo also sends a team each year at the request of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association to compete in the 5 Cities Invitational Regatta series in mainland China.
Komodo also actively support our members aspirations to compete at the highest levels, with the club’s members paddling for the Australian Auroras at the World Championships, Asian Games and World Cup events.
First World Club Crew Championships
Komodo fielded it’s first crew at the World Clubs during July 2012 in Hong Kong. Our women’s 10’s crew held their head high on the world stage and won a bronze in the 200m and a silver in the 500m Premier Women’s category.
Guinness 24hr World Record
As a club who loves a challenge, Komodo made an attempt at the Guinness World Record for “The Longest Distance by a Dragon Boat in 24hours.”
Not a challenge for the feint of heart, the existing record of 175km held by the British Masters Team had stood for two years. When the dust settled on the afternoon of November 12, 2012, Komodo had set a new world record of 186.5km and raised over $2000 to support Cerebral Palsy ACT.
Strength to Strength
Komodo has grown over the years and we have had many great crews, but we don’t dwell on history. We view every season as a new chapter and embrace our new members as we farewell some old (but they never actually leave the family).
We attack every season with the exact same goal at Nationals (and always will):
- One podium finish, over any distance, in any category.