Tweed squad to fly Australian flag
By Bob Anthony Jnr.
THERE'S a group of Tweed rowers who are hoping they aren't taking a slow boat to China. They are members of the Tweed River High School dragon boat squad that will represent Australia at the world championships in Shanghai next month. "The team will be competing over 250m, 500m and 1000m and will be up against sides from Italy, Germany and Canada that we know of," squad coordinator Elaine Everingham said. "They are confident of a good showing in their pet event, the 250m sprint but either way, they will be giving it a real go." The Tweed squad, the first Australian junior team to contest the world dragon boat championships, earned the right to represent Australia after winning the Queensland title in Murwillumbah earlier this year. That effort earned them a start at the Australian titles in Perth where they qualified to compete against the world's best. Coached by Russ Wade and Rob Lewis, the majority of the 24-member squad attend Tweed River High School with four other Tweed-based rowers included in the team. The team members, ranging in age from 14 to 17 years, have been busy training and with the school holidays fast approaching their time will be spent either on the Tweed River or fundraising. Everingham said the squad will fly to China on October 17 with the championships to conclude on October 29.