REDLANDS dragon boat racers have won a 10 kilometre event on the Thomson River at Longreach in western Queensland sheep and cattle country.
Redlands Sea Dragons spokesperson Susan Hanrahan said members took part in the Outback Paddle Regatta held at Longreach.
"Set on the mighty Thomson River, five kilometres north of Longreach, the Outback Paddle Regatta drew paddle sports enthusiasts, local families and visitors from Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mount Isa, Sydney, Brisbane, Tweed, Mackay and the Redlands to compete in the inaugural Outback Paddle Regatta," Ms Hanrahan said.
"Whether it be on stand-up paddle board, kayak, canoe, outriggers or dragon boat, everyone came to have fun and support the local communities struggling with drought conditions."
Ms Hanrahan said a team of 21 paddlers from the Redlands Sea Dragons Club and family members and friends travelled the 1203 kilometres Longreach to compete in the five and 10 kilometres sprint "paddle regatta" races.
"Redlands Sea Dragons crew showed their strength and resilience by being the first dragon boat over the line in the 10 kilometres race," she said.
"The Redlands Dragon Boat club donated their winnings of $800 to Outback Mind Warriors, a local charity that cares for families affected by suicide and mental health issues in Longreach and district communities."
Ms Hanrahan said club members also won the sprint races and combined with other members from different clubs to win the five kilometre paddle.
"In the Year of Outback Tourism, the Longreach community showed everyone they know how to have a good time and that it is a great place to visit," Ms Hanrahan said.
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