The summer season has begun for Sydney’s gay and lesbian dragon boat club Different Strokes.
Formed last year, the club performed well in its first season, with most members never having paddled before.
“What has been really terrific is the welcome we’ve received from all the other clubs. The support they’ve given us has been fantastic,” Different Strokes spokesman Nigel Bedford said.
Although there are over 150 dragon boat clubs in Australia, Different Strokes is the first and only gay and lesbian club. Clubs compete locally and can enter state, national and international competitions.
Originating some 2000 years ago in China, a dragon boat has 20 paddlers, a drummer to beat time, and a steerer.
“We’ve got a real mix of members ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s, all drawn together by the desire to exercise, the excuse to socialise and, for those who want to race, the thrill of competition,” Bedford said.
“This season we’ve secured one of the top coaches in Australia. This is a major coup for the club and means quality training for everyone, regardless of ability.”
Different Strokes is still looking for new members. Members do not need experience, but must be able to work in a team. Training is every Saturday at Blackwattle Bay.
info: To find out more or to join a training session, call Nigel on 0406 750 506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org