The Navy Dragons paddled their way to back-to-back championships at this year’s Dragons Abreast Dragon Boat Festival held on Sydney Harbour.
The team competed in the corporate division, vying against 10 other teams from industry such as Commonwealth Bank and IBM.
First-time competitor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Penelope Culpan said the Royal Australian Navy Dragon Boat Association had been developing a grassroots team for the past year.
“It was an opportunity to represent Navy in the community for a wonderful cause,” she said.
“There was great competition and as always a wonderful, friendly atmosphere.”
Team Coach Able Seaman Musician Ellen Zyla said she was proud of the team’s performance which mainly consisted of first-timers.
“They all trained so hard and put in the effort on the day,” she said.
Dragons Abreast Australia is a national not-for-profit registered charity that raises breast cancer awareness through the sport of dragon boating and gives hope to those with a diagnosis of breast cancer, regardless of age, gender, or sporting ability.
The program featured more than 30 novice or intermediate community or corporate teams, as well as competitive teams of breast cancer survivors and their supporters.
Navy has dragon boating teams at HMAS Cerberus, in Melbourne, HMAS Kuttabul, in Sydney, and in Canberra.