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Boat team breathes fire

THE Currumbin Dragons don't mind finding themselves “up the creek”, especially if it continues to deliver gold medal results for the club.

The Currumbin Dragons Paddling Club have shown their prowess with the paddles in picking up five medals at the 2009 Australian Dragon Boat Championships at Kawana Waters.

And the toast of the club is the Currumbin Divas masters women, who picked up two gold medals in the 500m and 2000m races and were pipped at the post in the 200m sprint.

The Currumbin grand masters women were also prominent in their class, with gold won from a first place in the 2000m and bronze from a third place in the 200m race.

Other Currumbin teams that performed beyond reasonable expectations were the mixed masters crew, which was less than a second off medalling in a closely-contested 200m grand final, and the new premier women's crew who reached both 500 and 200-metre national semi-finals in what was only their second ever race regatta.

Now taking a break from competition but not from training, Currumbin Dragons head coach, Faye Rallings, said the club was now on a recruitment drive for more paddlers, especially men.