Yarra River Dragons qualify for CCWC 2024

The Yarra River Dragons women’s 10s crew battled it out against the best crews in Australia, at AusChamps in Albury in April 2022, to successfully achieve a Gold clean sweep across all distances and gain a qualification to attend the Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna next year.

Club Crew World Championships is often considered the “Olympics of Dragon boat racing” attracting the world’s best paddling talent competing for glory. We are excited to get this opportunity to test our metal and train towards this goal.

What’s next?


Yarra River Dragons recognise that with such a lofty goal we need to adjust our approach to tap into world-class knowledge and support to build a competitive crew. The coaches are working to select and onboard a strength and nutrition team and research various biomechanical and paddle techniques across all paddle sports. We will also explore any support functions such as psychology, mindfulness, and physiotherapy to ensure the crew continues to train and compete injury-free.

Launch night

As part of the Yarra River Dragons ongoing recruitment strategy we are looking to grow the women’s crew to drive 20s boat competing, whilst also bolstering the CCWC crew. We will therefore be working with Platform 28, Docklands to host a Women’s Crew launch night on Thursday 23rd November. The night will be an excuse to shed the lycra, learn more about CCWC, meet like-minded women, and hear how this sport has changed their lives. RSVP if you would like to attend or find out more here.

Fundraising and Sponsorship

Another first for the club, we are looking to fully fund or majority fund the crew’s attendance to Ravenna including flights and accommodation. We anticipate the need to raise around $100k which will require a mixture of fundraising events and sponsorship support.

If you would like to hear more about how you can support YRDs #roadtoravenna and the benefits we can offer to your organisation, please reach out to admin@yarrariverdragons.com.au for our sponsorship packages.