Tonight we attended the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 CCWC competition aptly named "Dragon's Down Under!"
Dragon Boat crews from around the world gathered together in Elder Park, just across the river from the iconic Adelaide Oval. ( http://www.adelaideoval.com.au/ ) As we were waiting patiently for the event to start we got to meet and chat with many paddlers who traveled from near and far. It was very nice to see some familiar faces. Faces that we only get to see at National and International competition, including our Australian friends that we raced against at the 2014 CCWC in Ravenna, Italy. We look forward to meeting them at the start line again.
Finally we were called to assemble in alphabetical order by Country. All of the Canadian athletes filed across the foot bridge that links the park to the oval first, followed by every other country with Australia bringing up the end of the parade of athletes as the host country.
The ceremony took place on the front steps of the oval. 2500 athletes were welcomed to the CCWC by the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) and the Australian Dragon Boat Federation officials. We were treated to an Aboriginal welcome dance demonstration passed down from their ancestors. This was followed by the traditional Chinese Dotting of the Eye ceremony. With the ceremony complete the event was officially declared as open!
Rowbust Race Schedule
Friday, April 1 - 2 k race
Race 7 at 3 pm
Saturday, April 2 - 500 m races
Round 1 - Race 36 at 12:25 pm
Round 2 - Race 52 at 1:50 pm
Round 3 - Race 65 at 2:55 pm
Sum of all 3 races is the winner
Sunday, April 3 - 200 m races
Round 1 - Race 106 at 12:20 pm
Round 2 - Race 122 at 1:40 pm
Round 3 - Race 135 at 2:45 pm
Sum of all 3 rounds is the winner