RELATED CONTENT: Therese on track for Auroras
When Therese Holgate first began Dragon Boat paddling four years ago, she had no idea she would one day be picked to represent Australia in the sport.
Such was the case at the end of last year when she was selected for Australian national team, the Auroras.
As reported in Friday’s Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, Therese will travel to China in August with the B Aurora team for the International Dragon Boat Federation World Nation Championships.
The Moruya paddler admitted she had come a long way from relatively humble beginnings in paddling.
“I just saw one of the boats out on the river one day and thought I would have a go,” she said.
“The competitive side of it just came naturally, as I began to do more of it.”
She got to experience how competitive the sport can be in the trials for the Auroras.
After making it through an initial round of fitness benchmarking and water testing, Therese attended a two-day camp in Sydney, where she had to achieve a new land-based benchmark, and also take part in more water trials.
She said the standard of the other paddlers at the camp meant it was impossible to tell whether she had made the cut before getting the phone call.
“I honestly had no idea what was going to happen after the camp,” she said.
“There were a lot of paddlers there who were all doing similar things, so I was very excited when I found out I had made it into the team.
Therese is no stranger to representative dragon boating, having been a member of the Southern Warriors team for the past three years.
Consisting of paddlers from the Illawarra to Merimbula, the team is coming off a strong showing at the ACT Dragon Boat regatta on Saturday, achieving two second places.
There is plenty of paddling coming up for Therese, who will take part in Dragon Boat NSW Championships in Penrith next month.
They will be followed by the National Championships in April, and a four-day camp with her Aurora teammates in June.
Therese said she was looking forward to getting to know her national team mates ahead of their trip to China in August.
“It’s a very special team to be a part of,” she said.
“I spoke to one of the members in Canberra last week and I there are a couple of others from Sydney who I’m sure I’ll see soon enough.”
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