A vibrant crew from the Manning River Dragon Boat team joined me on the Manning this morning as they demonstrated what it is like to experience Dragon boating.
JUPITERS PAN PACIFIC MASTERS 2014
Manning River Dragons headed to the Gold Coast to compete in the Jupiters Pan Pacific Master
Games to compete on the weekend of 8th and 9th November. These games are held every 2
years at The Gold Coast and attract more than 14500 competitors, supporters and non playing
officials from Australia and the world. There were more than 1,000 teams entered from 42
This year 22 very keen Manning River Dragons and 2 Masters from Dubbo competed amongst
800 competitors representing Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, ACT,
Western Australia and New Zealand.
The paddling consisted of 200 metre sprints on 1st day and most paddlers paddled between 8
and 12 times with a lot of races being back to back. Our Great Grand Masters Mixed 10’s
paddled in the minor finals.
2nd day were 500 metre sprints and again a lot like 1st day plenty of paddles and lots of fun
with Great Grand Masters reaching minor finals.
There was a Cancer Survivors Division and 3 from Manning and 1 from Dubbo completed with a
team and they came home with Gold.
Overall it was a terrific experience with a great bunch of paddlers, we celebrated 2 birthdays
and PADDLED HARD and PLAYED HARD!
Manning River Dragons host their Regatta on the 24th and 25th January long weekend. There
will be other festivities in and around Taree during January so a great time to come along and
support our Club.
Manning River Dragons
DRUMBEATER OCTOBER 2014
Manning River Dragon Boat Club Newsletter
At the recent AGM the following members were elected to the committee for the next 12 months :-
PRESIDENT: Trish Paff
VICE PRESIDENT: Mary Chapman
SECRETARY: Anne Williams
TREASURER: Rhonda Blanch
MEMBER REPS: Ruth Coleman, Alex Glencross and Sheryl Humphries.
Non Committee Roles :- MPI Officers - Trish Paff, Sue Hunter
Equipment Officers – Ted Towers, Warren Blanch, John Roetmen
Captain – Jennifer Schubert- Vice Captain - Deb Ashwell- Head Coach – Warren Blanch
Publicity Officer – Maureen Pratten- Web Master – Maureen Pratten-
Archives – Alex Glencross- Fundraising – every one
Regatta Committee- Jennifer Schubert, Gaye McDonald, Cathy Stenchion, Deb Ashwell, Sue Calvin, Sean Calvin, Margaret Kurtz, Narelle Minnett
Uniforms – Maureen Pratten, Sandi Galloway, Gaye McDonald
Registrar – Cathy Stenchion.
President’s Report – Trish Paff
My first year as President has been a huge learning curve for me. The support I have received from all of you has been great. To my fellow committee members thank-you for making my transition into the President’s role relatively painless.
Reflecting on this year it has felt as if we have lost a bit of our momentum with a fall in numbers attending paddling regularly and an apparent lack of interest in attending regattas. After talking to other clubs at the Dragon boats AGM this year this is not unusual for a club of our age.
However, after a successful display at Joey’s Spring Fair and a hugely successful Come and Try Day the following weekend we seem to have been revitalised. With an influx of new members young and old and their obvious enthusiasm for our sport, I am hoping that this will allow us to continue to grow and improve. It has been amazing to be able to have both boats on the water at most sessions in the last few weeks.
Another wonderful positive this year has been the performance of our Junior members. We now have Juniors who are State, National and International representatives, with 3 members being selected to compete in Canada next year. I am immensely proud of all our Junior members and the manner in which they conduct themselves at all times. They are a wonderful asset to our club.
This year we have been fortunate to receive financial support from HCCU to purchase our Cox Box and Mid Coast Water to help with costs on our Come and Try day. Well done Cath for helping us secure these grants.
By the beginning of November we should have our updated race shirts, reflecting I hope a new found energy and level of participation at regattas.
Our club is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who are instrumental in the smooth running of the club. Many thanks go to our sweeps, coaches, committee members, maintenance officers, archivist and general volunteers for their tireless support. Our 2 retiring committee members are wonderful examples of how dedicated these volunteers are. Both have worked tirelessly not only on the committee but as volunteers and very keen paddlers since the inception of the club. If ever you needed a description of what constitutes a successful committee member, you only need to look at what Cath and Gaye have contributed to our club and no doubt will continue to do in the future. Remember I do have you on speed dial. Thanks also to those members who have stepped up and accepted nominations for positions on the committee.
I look forward to working with the new committee and maintaining our new found enthusiasm in the coming year. To start this paddling year I would like to challenge each and every one of you to commit to ensuring that we continue to grow and once again become a competitive club in the region, as well as providing an environment in which a real spirit of fun and competitiveness is valued.
Dragon Boat competition 8 & 9 November 2014
The Pan Pacific team has been training hard under the guidance of our dedicated coaches. Competition for Dragon Boats is on Saturday and Sunday on the Gold Coast with both 500M and 200M races. We wish them well and hope they will be rewarded for all their hard work.
Reminders – Change to bank account for electronic payments into the Manning River Dragons account.Please alter your details for the account as follows: BSB details to 721-000 (no longer 802-214) no other changes to the account number.
The Regatta committee is collection donations for a the raffle to be held at our regatta in January eg wine, cordial, serviettes, glasses, hand cream, soap etc Deb will put a plastic box in the cage where you can put any donations.
This year we thought we would do something a little different for our Christmas Party.
We are planning a fun Family afternoon of bare foot bowling followed by a dinner. All our members and their families are invited. Do hope you can make it.
Please let Trish or Anne know by 23 November.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
Sat & Sun 8 & 9 November
Pan Pacific Games
Thursday 13 November
Next Discussion meeting
MacDonald’s meeting room all welcome 7pm
Tuesday 18 November
Sat. & Sun. 22 & 23 November
Forster –Have you put your name down
Sunday 30 November
Taree West Bowling Club 4pm
Happy Birthday –
Judy Poole 28/10, Rona Baillie 30/10, Ruth Coleman 11/11, Sean Page 13/11, Tara Yea 15/11, Cathy Stenchion 18/11
Junior Member Paddler Profile
Name: Tara Manahan
Club: Manning River Dragon Boat Club
How long have you been dragon boating?
Almost 3 years
How did you find out about it?
My mum started dragon boating a couple of years after we moved to Taree.
What’s your favourite treat after a long hard training session?
My favourite treat after a long training session is some form of sugar... its mainly just food of some sort containing sugar.
If you could race dragon boats anywhere in the world, where would you race? And why?
I’m a little unsure about that because I was thinking of racing somewhere where dragon boating is not known but then I realised that most countries around the world have a large number of dragon boat teams that I had no idea about. That is excellent and hopefully will make dragon boating become more nationally and internationally known.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
Watch movies, relax and clear out the fridge... No, sometimes I go to dragon boating on the weekends for training sessions, but it is always really early in the morning and I’m not really a morning person. I find it hard to get out of bed on weekends.
What Zodiac Sign are you?Sagittarius
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
I really want to have lunch with Orlando Bloom because ever since I can remember I have wanted to meet him and I am a massive fan of his... and he is totally adorable!!!!
What’s your most memorable dragon boating experience?
My most memorable experience of dragon boating is actually the year when I first joined the team that used to be called the Torpedos. That year we travelled together to state and national championships and even made it to the world championships over in Hong Kong. I made some great friendswho I am close toreferred to the Torpedos as my second family and I will never forget that year
.What song do you listen to when you need to get pumped for racing?
Anything that has a really good beat that I can sort of dance around to and get warmed up before a race.
What do like most about Dragon Boating?
The thing I like most about dragon boating is that while the level of competition is high, every team and every club always play by the rules and are fair to one another. The social aspect of dragon boating is also another thing that I like. Everyone knows everyone in the various teams and there is always a happy and familiar atmosphere to the sport with people laughing and having a good time while still maintaining the high level of competition.
What was the last movie you saw? What would you give it out of 10?
If this means at the cinemas then I don’t remember but the last movie that I saw on TV was Juno and I give it a 9/10
DRUMBEATER AUGUST 2014
We have nearly all returned from our overseas adventures except for 2 paddlers (and friends) still enjoying the sights of Canada and the good ole USA.
We had a great time in Hawaii and did really well making it to the Semi finals. We managed to get 5 races in.Pearl Dragons only got 2 races. It was do or die each race to proceed. Melanie would have had a fit. No water closures, just keep paddling with paddle boards, boats, canoes and even swimmers!! I think we paddled 500metres in one race instead of 200 by trying to avoid a swimmer!!Our international paddlers did us proud too. Where to next.???We have been invited to Vancouver in 2 years time. Hopefully Jennifer will remember it next time and even manage to sweep. We did all enjoy Honolulu. Anyone for Mai Tais????
For those who don’t know both Shaun and Sam have made it into the Australian Auroras.And onto Canada next year, all things going well. So they have to paddle hard, lots of training and no injuries!!!
We will be fundraising for them. Tara is trying out as well in the Youth team. Good luck gorgeous girl.
WIRED FOR SOUND
Thanks to the proceeds of a Holiday Coast Credit Union community grant the
Manning River Dragons are now wired for sound.
Our club is lucky enough to have been approved for a $1,071.00 community
grant to purchase a Cox Vox for our boat. Sweeps and coaches will no longer
have to scream calls of safety, encouragement and instruction to our members
to be heard. The cox box is a sound system worn by the coach or sweep to
communicate to crew with sound coming from speakers covering length of boat.
Manning river is very fortunate to be supported by our Community Credit
Union with whom we have banked with over the last 6 years. Holiday Coast
Credit Union has funded our gazebos, 22 life jackets and our new cox box. We
gratefully acknowledge their support of our club.
This Sat 30th August after paddling. Please stay and help out.
Sept 6th. No paddling. We need members to be at the cage at 8.15am to put the boat on the trailer. Then to St Josephs School unload the boat, set up the stall and put the boat back on the trailer at 2pm and go back to unload at the cage.The fair is 10am=2pm. Please wear club, pan pacs, Hong Kong, Hawaii shirts, and medals. Juniors your Zodiac,NSW shirts, medals trophies.
COME AND TRY DAY
Sat 13th Sept from 9.30and -12.30.
All members to help out . We will have a sausage sizzle as well.
Please bring a friend. Please print out one copy of the flyer and put it somewhere around town.
11th October. We have been asked to exhibit our boat at the Taree show in Oct. We will need helpers on this day. More later.
We have been asked by the Council if we wished to share this facility with the Wood Turners. We have had several members go down and have a look but it is deemed unsuitable by all members.(difficult access to get into boats, out of boats, getting boat onto trailer.
It is extremely sad that we have not been able to get a team together for Port Macquarie, Mylstrom regattas.
Both Cathy Stenchion and Gaye McDonald volunteered at Port and Jennifer Schubert is volunteering at Ballina this weekend. Just remember there is always a team that is looking for paddlers to join them. Volunteering is fun as well.
Our next Regatta is Newcastle. This is a Non sanctioned regatta so you will have the opportunity to paddle in many events. Put your name down for the Sunday(the Sat turn race was not that good).
MANNING IN MOTION.
A meeting was held in Taree to join all the sporting events together in the last 2 weeks of Jan 2015. Our regatta falls into this. We will get great publicity. We will be having a Come and Try day on the Sat arvo after our turn race and our sporting regatta on the Sunday.
Jennifer Schubert will be our contact.
It is with a saddened voice that I let you all know that Natalie Raab(ex club member) was suddenly killed in a motor bike accident.
Shane and Tara Manahan-Dad and Grandfather passed away.
Cards have been sent and we did a Paddle Tapp for them both. Our thoughts are with you and your families.
ANNUAL AGM DBNSW.
Both Jennifer and Trish went and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Lots of networking was done and they have come back full of ideas and enthusiasm. Beware!!!!
Date Thursday 16th October 6pm at the Waterfront room. Followed By dinner at Plates restaurant.
Please let Gaye know if you are coming to dinner. More later.
Also a reminder both the Secretary and Treasurer Position will need to be filled.(Secretary is really, really, fun, fun, fun).
Just a reminder that Maureen and her helpers are organising new shirts for us. Please look at her email and vote on the type of shirt you wish for. Majority rules. They are similar to our Hawaii shirts and they are Fabulous. Everyone loved them. Great to wear and they stand out in a crowd. Don’t the hat as well.
Shane Manahan .
RECEIPE OF THE MONTH.
If dining at the Blanches House on a Saturday night(Chef Waz).
1. Walk into Pantry
2. Grab one can of Baked Beans
3. Open can.
4. Empty into bowl.
5. Microwave for 2-3 mins
6. Place bread in toaster
7. When baked beans are hot and the toast is ready, spoon the Beans onto the toast.
8. Served with love.
Time to just off your winter woollies, put your woollen beanie on, don your headlight,get the long sleeve skins and come along and enjoy winter paddling along the Manning. No wind, gorgeous moon shining on the water, the pretty light along the riverbank reflecting on the water. AHHHHHH,OOOOHHHHHH.
Most of this news is not new to you.
1. FEES FOR MANNING RIVER DRAGONS FOR SEASON 2014/2015
Adults $30.00, Juniors $15.00. Paddle fees remain at $2.00 a session. Cheap as chips.
DBNSW has remained the same at $100.00. Please pay your Manning fees now.Either bank transfer or pay Cath Stenchion. Do not forget to fill out and sign the form.
Our charity we will be supporting will be the ACMF(Aus Children Music Foundation).They are holding a concert here in Taree on 27th august 2014. Matinee and Evening sessions. All proceeds going to the ACMF Manning Valley indigenous and Disadvantaged Students Music Program. Rotary are running it. Special guest don Spencer, John Waters, Rachael Beck and George Houvardas, with local schools. Anyone that went last year said it was fantastic.
It is up to individual members to book their tickets to support this event.
3. St Joseph School Spring Fair
6th September. St Joseph School is having a spring Fair on Sat 6th Sept. From 10am-2pm. We will be having a site there to promote our sport. We will be taking the Dragonfly. We will need some volunteers to help on the day. Names to Trish please.
4. Come and Try Day.
Saturday 13th Sept. We are having it the Sat after the St Joesy spring Fair so we can capture more paddlers(and hopefully more men). We will be having a sausage sizzle again. We will ask the Croquet club as well. We will need members to help out.
5. Junior News
As we all know they performed so well at the National titles bringing home lots of bling. We now have 3 Juniors trying out for the Australian teams-The Auroras. They are training hard and getting very fit with lots of travelling by parents going to Sydney frequently. Good luck Sean, Sam and Tara. We wish them all the best and support them.
6. Regatta News.
It was very disappointing not having a team to go to the local regatta at Port Macquarie in June. It was the long weekend which meant we had some paddlers away or had family visit. Well done Maureen Pratten who joined with Newcastle/Foster in doing the 20km Marathon and they came 4th against stiff opposition, with several Sydney teams competing. A youth team of 20 year olds won the event. How can a bunch of “oldies” compete against them???
DISCUSSION FORUM 7TH MAY 2014-06-16
1. Maintanence on the Dragon fly has been done. Ted will use the varnish that we received will be used.
2. Website. Maureen Pratten is now the photo queen. Maureen has learnt how to put photos on website. If you have any up to date photos please email them to Maureen. Any issues with the website, forward to Maureen. I would like to thank Shane Manahan for all her hard work over the past few years who has passed her crown to Maureen.
3. Regatta. Our Regatta will be on the last weekend in January.(Long weekend before school goes back). We will trial it.
4. Grant for Vox Box. We have applied for a grant with the HCCU for a Vox Box. Our Juniors will particularly benefit from this. Crocker Oars from Croki have bought the only Company in Australia. Jennifer has been out to have a look.
5. Regatta suggestions. There were some general discussions about participating in regattas, seating, training, how to get more people to regattas, lifting of the boat at training.
. These have all been forwarded to the coaches/sweeps meeting for discussion.
6. Paddling Sundays. We will commence a paddle on the last Sunday of the month. For 1 and ½ hours.1 hour training, then ½ hour relax paddling. Deb is happy to run this session. Be at the cage at 2.45pm. It will go on the website.
7. Pan Pacs. Jennifer has entered us as Manning River Dragon Boat Club. Please register. It will cost $140.00
8. Juniors at Nationals. Our Juniors came home from the National Championships in Qld with a bag full of medals.Congrat to all our juniors.
We are extremely proud of every one of you. 3 Juniors are trying out for the Auroras. Good luck Sean, Sam and Tara.
9. Shirts were discussed. Trish sent out an email. Will depend on members votes.
10. Next meeting 14th august.2014
11. At Mcdonalds Meeting room, Taree.
THE DRUMBEATER APRIL 2014.
Greetings fellow paddlers.
Welcome to winter paddling. Nothing better than donning the winter skins, beanie, torch and paddling in the dark along the Manning River with the moon beaming on the Wat we along the pretty lights of the shore. And as a bonus no wind. It is just beautiful. Hope to see more winter paddlers in the year 2014,
What has been happening??
All sweeps to wear high VISABLE vests each time they are on the boat sweeping. Anyone sitting on the front of the boat coaching needs to wear one as well.
Easter has been and gone, hope the bunny found you all.
Unfortunately we had to cancel the paddling day with the Taree Croquet club due to lack of numbers. We will try again in Spring.
MAINTANENCE ON BABY BOAT.
Maintanence on the baby boat happened last weekend. Next one in 6 months time.
JUNIOR PADDLING , BLING! BLING! BLING!
Our amazing Juniors have been up and down the north coast of Australia paddling their hearts out in the State and Australian championships and have made our club, parents, and friends extremely proud. They all came back with a lot of medals. Bronze, Silver and Gold. Well done.
Here is a report from Sue Calvin,
REGATTA NEWS. Junior dragon boating success at Australian Championships
Over Easter our junior and youth members of the Manning River Dragon Boat Club travelled to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to compete at the Australian Championships. Six competitors paddled hard over three days, many of them having up to nine races each day – it was exhausting!
Our young paddlers proved they are getting better every year. For some of our junior paddlers this was their third Australian Championships, but the first time they have come home with a medal; and they really made up for it this year with some winning nine medals!
It is obvious that I need to be replaced as Secretary of the Club as i have forgotten a few things from the August Drumbeater.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS. APOLOGIES FOR NEW MEMBERS IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE LIST. IT WILL BE UPDATED ONCE I GET ALL THE PAPERWORK.
MEMBER PROFILE IS RECENT RETIREE JOHN ROETMAN
FAMILY: ...Lovely Wife Jacquie, Daughters Mercedes & Meisha with Granddaughter Natalie & Grandson Chris
OCCUPATION: .Retired Slave to the Backyard
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: .....Raw sugar OF Coarse
FAVOURITE MOVIE: .....Les Miserables
WHAT ARE YOU READING AT THE MOMENT: ..Caravan & Camping Mags
SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU: ........Now that would be Telling wouldn’t it.
WHY DID YOU BECOME A DRAGON BOATER? ..Great Non -Impact sport. With a great social group...
BEST TRAVEL MOMENT:. Many, Most of all meeting up with my Grandmother & Dutch Family in 1976 after 28 yrs. also traveling Europe ,over 50thousand klms in a Kombi to Norway at mid-summer down to Morocco., Also Turkey to Katmando
WORST TRAVEL MOMENT: In the Italian Alps December, camping in our Kombi with Ice forming
On the ceiling as stalactites. Never have been so cold.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ABOUT YOUR TIME AS A DRAGON BOATER
Most regattas Especially the Chinese New Year
COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE:
I WISH. - All my friends are living a Happy & Healthy Life. And maybe a Win First Place at the next Chinese New Year Regatta.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
It is with great excitement that i announce we made a profit on our Regatta.
The Grand Total of $4,197.90
YAHOO0O. IT WAS WORTH IT.
Please read the latest Drum newsletter. We are stars in it. There is a great photo of our club at the AGM in Sydney being very social(with vino in hand),
And a photo and item about our new sister club.
DO IT IN A DRESS
In the latest Drum there is an item about a fundraiser about paddling in a dress on Oct 5/6. Please read the article. It will be discussed at our Committee meeting in Sept but I think it is a great idea.
More to follow.
AGM ON THURSDAY 19TH SEPT AT MCDONALDS MEETING ROOM, CHATHAM 6PM-6.30PM
FOLLOWED BY GENERAL MEETING 6.30-700PM
FOLLOWEDE BY DINNER AT PLATES, EXCHANGE HOTEL.
PLEASE RSVP TO ME FOR DINNER.