Established in 1998 Brisbane River Dragons (BRD) is the oldest dragon boat club in Brisbane. Since its inception BRD has also introduced outrigger canoe as a paddling discipline as another core activity of the club. We are a highly competitive, yet social paddling club, which trains and competes throughout the year.
We provide members with the opportunity to train in a range of water craft types from OC6 and OC2 outrigger canoes, kayaks, and of course, the biggest of them all, dragon boats. Our training sessions are tailored for all level of paddlers, social or highly competitive. Our competition goals are pursued with annual campaigns at the State, National and World Championship levels becoming more successful each year.
BRD has been supported by several government grants which have enabled it to further develop its fleet and implement its business plan, which will guide our future growth and development.
BRD maintains highly qualified coaching teams in both dragon boat and outrigger canoe disciplines to ensure maximum development and performance of its members.
There are five different categories in which BRD competes competitively during the dragon boat season which generally runs from around August to April the following year.
Junior (12-18 yrs)
Premier (any age)
Masters (Senior A - 40 yrs +)
Grand Masters (Senior B - 50 yrs +)
Great Grand Masters (Senior C – 60 yrs +)
Dragons Abreast (any age)
(Each category has men, women and mixed divisions)
The end of each season culminates in the State Titles where Queensland’s best crews and clubs are decided. National Titles are held right across Australia with each State taking turn to host the event on a rotational basis. Club crews are entitled to compete at the National Titles over a number of different distances. (200m, 500m, and 2000m). Standard 20 paddler and 10 paddler categories are offered for competition at these events. At the highest level there is the chance to compete internationally. A number of regattas are held around the world including the World Titles and the Club Crew World Championships.
Many members of BRD have competed and won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for Australia at the IDBF World Championships and BRD as a club has a proud history of competing in several Club Crew World Championships in some amazing venues around the world. BRD was the first Australian club to contest all categories in the 2008 Club Crew World Championships in Malaysia which was an amazing achievement, and the club repeated the feat at the 2010 Club Crew World Championships in Macau, China.
Since that time BRD has competed in Club Crew World Championships in Hong Kong (2012), Ravenna Italy (2014) and Adelaide (2016) winning medals at each of these events. The next assignment will be Szeged, Hungary 2018.
Adelaide was BRD’s most successful Club Crew World Championships winning seven (7) world club titles, 6 second placings and 4 third placings - an outstanding achievement for one club in any standard of competition.
The outrigger canoe group competes in events all over Australia and around the world, including Hawaii, New Zealand, Cook Islands, and Tahiti.
Events include local, State, National and World title events in sprint and marathon racing. BRD crews at all of these events have performed extremely well over the years with a number of placings being achieved on a regular basis.