Cheers to the AFC!

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Written by Chris Mills : 21 Jan 2020

Komodo Paddle Club would like to thank the Ainslie Group for their continued support and sponsorship of the coolest Dragonboat club in the world.

The ongoing relationship between Komodo Paddle Club and the Ainslie Group is based on the shared values of building community through sport. Komodo are a competitive sports crew who know that sharing good times is key to creating a strong team and building community spirit.

Komodo are proud of our sportsmanship, team bonds and strong sense of identity. We train 5 times a week on Lake Burley Griffin and have regular Komodo “family dinners” at Ainslie Football Club. Our primary goal is to exceed our own expectations; we train hard and race hard. We strive to better ourselves as individuals so that we can contribute our ‘best’ selves for our teammates – nothing rocks a Komodo more than racing Komodo v Komodo in a highly competitive, safe and friendly environment. 

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In October, with the help of the Ainslie Group sponsorship, Komodo were able to achieve a key milestone in furthering women in leadership roles in sport. Komodo did this by enabling the participation of three female team members in accreditation courses whereby they obtained formal Dragonboat coaching qualifications.

Last weekend Komodo were honoured to compete in Dragon Boat ACT’s annual Dragons Abreast Canberra Social and Corporate Regatta, an event that raises awareness and remembers those who we have lost through Breast Cancer. More than 120 Dragons Abreast paddlers travelled into our Nation’s Capital to attend this wonderful event. Many Canberran’s also lent their support with a fantastic number of corporate crews entering races to experience this amazing sport. The day was abuzz with fun, laughter and shared enjoyment in the day

2018-19 was a very successful season for Komodo. The club achieved great success in the local Canberra competition and, with the help of sponsorship from the Ainslie Group, our most competitive and successful crews to date competed at the 2019 Australian Dragonboat Championships. Next year, Komodo will compete internationally in the World Club Crews Dragonboat competition in France.

As we gear up for the new season, Komodo will continue to hit the water with fitness strength, smiles and laughter. We aim to finish every season fitter and stronger than before and we work hard to give back to this amazing club and to our awesome sponsor!

You will find friendly Komodo’s at any Canberra Dragonboat regatta – just look for the blue and white Komodo tent with the Ainslie Group banners! Or, next time you see us enjoying a tasty meal and the friendly atmosphere at Ainslie Football Club, come and say hello! After all, we are the coolest Dragonboat club in the world. Just ask Ainslie Group!