Extraordinary Local Story: The Titivators

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Titivators Urunga Dragon Boat Club is a sporting club with a reputation for fun and friendliness. The club only came about due to the hard work and energy of our local breast cancer survivors. Research had shown that dragon boat paddling was extremely helpful in preventing lymphedema after mastectomy. So in 2005 this group of survivors staged a major fundraiser ‘The Pink Experience’ at the Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour to raise the funds necessary to purchase a dragon boat. All club members wore pink tutus for the event!! Enough funds were raised for the new club to buy two boats, a 20 seater and a 10 seater. The fundraiser was not only hugely successful in raising funds but also in raising the club’s profile in the community.

 

In 2006 the club opened its membership ranks to include supporters as well as survivors.  This enabled family and friends to join in this wonderful sport.  From this point the club began to participate in occasional regattas. The successful club continued to grow and as more supporters joined the ranks, the club become a sporting club but continued to hold cancer survivors as its main focus.

 

The popularity of the sport was growing, as dragon boat clubs were forming up and down the north coast. In 2008 the Titivators decided to host its very own regatta, thus being the first club to do so on the north coast. The Titivators were also the first to introduce a novelty race “Around the Island” on the Saturday of their home regatta, a practice that has now been adopted by most of the north coast clubs hosting regattas.

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Over recent years members have competed in special events such as – The Pan Pacific Games, national championships, long distance paddles including Port Macquarie 3 rivers marathon, 12km Brisbane River Challenge, Head of the Tweed River Marathon, and the mighty Ord River Marathon paddling 55km down the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra in WA.

 

These days the Titivators train three days a week, 51 weeks a year and adhere to a training schedule that accommodates the variety of skills needed. There is no strict requirement for members to attend all training sessions but it is encouraged that those wanting to compete at regattas should attend training. The club now welcomes males, females, and children from 12 years with any fitness level, ability, shape or size. Throughout the north coast f NSW the club is renowned for being the ‘friendly’ club, welcoming all and strongly supporting all its members. This year the Titivators are planning a new program ‘paddling for the disabled’, with members volunteering their time to offer this activity to a local school group.

 

If this sounds like the club for you:

“Newbies” or those who would like to have a try are encouraged to come along to Urunga River Park Saturday mornings at 7.30 for “on the water” by 8am, with breakfast afterwards. Members contribute a nominal sum of $6 every Saturday to cover the cost of breakfast ingredients. Usual training days are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. However, training times can do differ throughout the year and is kept up to date on the Titivators Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TitivatorsUrungaDBC/

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