With our 2014 World Championship win in Ravenna, Italy under our belt we are off to Adelaide, Australia where the Club Crew World Championships (CCWC) will be held April 1 to 7, 2016.
If you followed our blog posts through our Italy adventures you will know that it was the Australian BCS team that was right on our tails in every race. This CCWC competition in Australia comes at the end of their paddling season but ours here in Canada will not have even started yet. This has posed some challenges for Canadian teams. However, Rowbust is nothing if not determined. We have adjusted our on-land training through the winter months and with the unusually mild fall we experienced we were fortunate to be able to keep a boat on the water at Fanshawe Lake well in to December for a few on-water practices each week until the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority asked us to pull our boat out for safety reasons. With the Welland International Flatwater Center just a couple hours drive down the highway we have also been able to make use of the paddling tanks in their world class facility on several occasions.
We’ve been in contact with our Aussie friends who took three silver medals to our three gold medals in Italy and you can be sure that they are coming for us! They are aware of our training challenges…we’re sure they consider it a bonus for them. They will soon find out that we are fueled by challenge!
As you can imagine, transporting 26 paddlers and three Coaches to Australia for a three week stay comes with its own set of financial issues. We are currently still without a major financial sponsor so once again the team pulled together to organize some exciting fundraisers and we have been able to raise approximately $80,000 of our $120,000 goal. That is enough to cover flights and accommodations for all 29 travelers.
For a detailed list of our sponsors and fund raising efforts go to our website at www.rowbustdragonboat.com.
Without the generosity of our sponsors, our families, our friends and even complete strangers we would have been grounded. Thank you for getting us there! We are humbled by your generosity.
Stay tuned...there is so much more to come!