Dragon Boat Team Competes Overseas

Courtesy photo - Alameda’s Dragon Flyers (large boat in the foreground) compete on a lake near Venice, Italy.

Dragon Boat Team Competes Overseas

Dragon Flyers travel to Venice for international regatta

The Alameda Dragon Flyers, an Alameda dragon boat racing team, traveled all the way to Venice, Italy last weekend to take part in the International Flatwater Sprint canoe kayak regatta. The races took place on the Lake of Santa Caterina in Auronzo di Cadore in Belluno, about 135 kilometers from Venice, on July 4-6. 

Races included competitions for men, women, under 16 and paracanoe races. There were also several different races for kayacks and canoes. Another category of races included a certain number of participants in each vessel. 

There were junior and senior competitions for K1 (one person in each kayak), K2 and K4 and C1 (one person in a canoe), C2 and C4. Overall, there were a total of 277 races (heats, semifinals and finals) in distances of 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 meters.

There were 600 athletes involved, representing 11 countries (Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Holland, Czech Republic and Slovenia) and 49 clubs from 12 Italian regions. The main stars of the event were Australia’s four London 2012 Olympians Steve Bird and Jesse Phillips (two gold medals in K2) and Jo Brigden-Jones and Naomi Flood (two gold medals in K2 plus medals in their respective K1 distances), who together with their teammates took home a total of 18 gold medals at the event. 

Over the two-day competition the gold medal classifications were:  Australia 18, Germany 15, Canottieri Padova 10, Canoa San Giorgio Udine 7, Circolo Canottieri Aniene Rome 5 and Italy 4. There were no medals given out to U.S. clubs.

The Mayor of Auronzo Daniela Larese Filon, the Deputy Mayor Anna Vecellio, Councilor for Sport Lorenzo De Martin and several other Italian officials presented the medals. More than 20 members of the Alameda Dragon Flyer teams traveled to Venice for the race.

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