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.
"Pearl Dragons paddle for the love of team, friendship, fitness, competition and ….coffee. Paddling is good for the body, mind and soul." - Coach Kim, 2018
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
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.
Will I catch any bugs? Yes - You will catch "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.
GLPD annual regatta 2021
Please check this site again for updates on 2021 regatta.
Sat/Sun 20/21 November
Held at Elizabeth Reserve, Forster Keys
SATURDAY - 2km turn race
SUNDAY - 200m sprints
Many Thanks to our fantastic Sponsors and Supporters
Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club - Our Major Sponsor
Beach Bums Cafe - 2019 Regatta Sponsor
Paradise Marina - 2019 Regatta Sponsor
Lakeside Tavern - 2019 Regatta Sponsor
Lakes and Ocean Hotel - 2019 Regatta Sponsor
Forster Bowling Club - 2019 Regatta Sponsor
Taree Subaru - 2019 Regatta Sponsor
Occasions Jewellers - 2019 Regatta Supporter
New Members are Always Welcome
Contact Us Today
Great Lakes Pearl Dragon Regatta
held annually every November.
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Great Lakes Pearl Dragons
PO Box 381, Forster NSW 2428
President: Laurie Haydon 0425 234 870
Vice President: Wendy Burdekin 0428 561 890
Secretary : Sue Welch 0417 200 895
" I would rather be on the lake paddling - try dragon boating today ”
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)
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"