Dragon boat club receive grant

Forbes Dragon Boat Club secretary Wendy Muffet and president Wendy Green accept a cheque for over $5000 from Member for Dubbo Troy Grant.Members of the Forbes Dragon Boat Club are fired up – but in a good way thanks to the announcement of over $5000 worth of funding for the newly established sports group.

The announcement of the $5770 grant was made earlier this month as part of the State Government’s 2011-12 Sport and Recreation Participation Program.

State member for Dubbo Troy Grant visited members of the dragon boat club late last week to officially recognise the club’s achievement in securing the grant.

During a special meeting with President Wendy Green and Secretary Wendy Muffet, Mr Grant congratulated the club on securing the funding which is set to help the club and its members develop.

President of the Forbes Dragon Boat Club Wendy Green and secretary Wendy Muffet said the funding was good news.

The women said the bulk of the grant will be used for skills development.

“They are not the kind of skills that you grow up with.

“It is a completely new sport that has a new skill set and the grant will let us develop these through courses run by Dragon Boats NSW,” Mrs Muffet said.

The rest of the funds will be used to pay for coaching clinics and life jackets, purchase a first aid kit and team uniforms.

Wooden paddles currently used by members will also be paid for by the grant.

It is hoped developing the skills of current club members will help establish the club within the community and encourage others to join.

“[We want] to grow the sport and grow the size of the club in town and eventually have a regatta here, even if it was just Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo that come,” president Wendy Green said.

The Forbes Dragon Boat Club became the state’s 52nd club when it was established in October last year.

Although the club only took to Lake Forbes for the first time during the Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival in September, members have already competed in four regattas.

The club also recently received a grant from Westpac Bank for $500.

These funds will be used in conjunction with the Sport and Recreation Participation Program.

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