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Welcome to the Great Lakes Pearl Dragons - Dragon Boat Club


Why Dragon Boating?

The Great Lakes Pearl Dragons, winners of women's 10s inaugural event for Northern region 2021! "Pearlers" have been paddling on the beautiful Wallis Lake since 2009.

We are regularly within a boats length of playful dolphins, we view the most breath taking sunrises, feel the warmth of the sun, the touch of the breeze and are occasionally refreshed by an odd drop of rain. Experiencing all this while enjoying our healthy, social, sport - Dragon Boating.
Some of us like the competitive nature of the racing, others like the exercise & being part of a team - there's something for everyone at the Great Lakes Pearl Dragons. We welcome both male & female members over the age of 12 years.

"I really felt welcomed and everyone has been very supportive since joining the club. I am enjoying the workouts of the training sessions, the social get togethers after paddling.."

"I have had no previous experience and the support, encouragement and coaching provided is phenomenal, and always accepted with joviality."

....from new members' comments, August 2021, 'Pearls of Wisdom' newsletter.

About The Pearl Dragons

What We Offer

  • Training as part of a team

  • Qualified and experienced coaches who structure paddling sessions to build up your fitness and endurance

  • Opportunity to compete at regional and metro regattas

  • Training sessions at varied times 

  • Opportunity for all year round training

  • Competition at regional and metro regattas

  • Pathway to State, National and International competition

  • Social interaction & friendships

  • Chance to train as sweep or coach

Join Us

"Come and have a go''

Saturdays 7.00am

Paddle, enjoy and get committed!

For more information contact our Club Captain

Kim Haydon: 0419 231 230

email :

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Welcome to the Great Lakes Pearl Dragons

 Dragon Boat Club

" Bringing The Thrill Of Dragon Boating To The Forster, Tuncurry & surrounding Great Lakes Areas "

Frequently Asked Questions...

Do I need previous experience? No. Most of our paddlers are completely new to the sport when they join us.
Do I have to be fit? Regular paddling will build your fitness, improve your health and is great for mental wellbeing.
What if I like the competitive side? We have members who enjoy the social aspect of dragon boating & others who are mad keen on competition.
Do I need to wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device)? Yes - We provide life jackets for paddlers - and they need to be worn unless you take our optional 50 metre safety swim test.

Is there a caution? Yes, beware of "The Dragon Boating Bug". This bug will see you paddling hard on our beautiful Wallis Lake. For some with this bug, it means 'Have Paddle - Will Travel' far & away. Don't worry - you will make friends with others afflicted with this bug.

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GLPD Annual Regatta 2021/2022

Saturday 26 March 2022-  2kms turns races

Sunday 27 March 2022 - 200m sprints - Mixed, Women's 10s & 20s, Men's 10's


Held at Elizabeth Reserve, Forster Keys




You can be officially recognised as a Pearl Dragon supporter.

If you have been a member of the club, or are a partner or friend of a member and would like to be included in 'on land' activities then think about signing on. It is free. 

You will then receive information about our social activities and can volunteer to help at regattas.

Click on the heading to contact the club.

Refer to DBNSW website for further details. 


Our Sponsors

Many Thanks to our fantastic Sponsors and Supporters

Forster Tuncurry Golf Club
Forster Tuncurry Golf Club

2021 Regatta Sponsor

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Bukos Bistro
Bukos Bistro

2021 Regatta Sponsor

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Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club
Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club

Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club - Our Major Sponsor

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Beach Bums Cafe
Beach Bums Cafe

Beach Bums Cafe - 2021 Regatta Sponsor

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Paradise Marina
Paradise Marina

Paradise Marina - 2021 Regatta Sponsor

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Lakeside Tavern
Lakeside Tavern

2021 Regatta Sponsor

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Lakes & Ocean Hotel
Lakes & Ocean Hotel

2021 Regatta Sponsor

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Taree Subaru
Taree Subaru

2021 Regatta Sponsor

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New Members are Always Welcome

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Great Lakes Pearl Dragon Regatta
planned annually.

Change of date from November 2021, to March 2022, this year only.


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General Enquiries

Great Lakes Pearl Dragons
PO Box 381, Forster NSW 2428

President: Wendy Burdekin 0428561890

Vice President: Kerrie Gammage 0423490633

Secretary : Sue Welch 0417200895

" I would rather be on the lake paddling - try dragon boating today

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The Paddlers' Oath

"On behalf of all paddlers, I promise to take part in this regatta showing mutual respect and abiding by the rules that govern, with the Dragon Spirit in heart and mind, for the glory of dragon boat and the honour of all teams."

Pearl Dragons Members

Dragon Boats NSW (DBNSW) is the governing body for dragon boating in New South Wales and a member of the Australian Dragon Boat Federation (AusDBF)

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The Dragon Spirit

"Play the game for the game's sake - be modest in victory and generous in defeat.
The most important thing in dragon boating is not to win, but to take part. Just as in life - it is not the triumph, but the struggle.
Be true to your fellow paddler.
Paddle not for yourself, but for your team.
Work hard. Be strong. Expect no reward and reward will come"