Wollongong Legacy Club provides a dragon boat experience to young legatees

Fun day on the lake: Drew Tasker, 14, of Albury, with Illawarra Dragon Boat Club coach Catherine Holland during Wollongong Legacy Club's annual recreational camp for legatees at Lake Illawarra. Picture: Robert Peet.

Fun day on the lake: Drew Tasker, 14, of Albury, with Illawarra Dragon Boat Club coach Catherine Holland during Wollongong Legacy Club's annual recreational camp for legatees at Lake Illawarra. Picture: Robert Peet.

Legatees from as far away as Cairns enjoyed dragon boat action on Lake Illawarra on the weekend. The activity near the Illawarra Rowing Centre is part of an annual recreational camp organised by Wollongong Legacy Club. This year it involves 25 junior dependents who for the first time got to experience dragon boats.

Illawarra Dragon Boat Club coach Catherine Holland said they enjoyed a race on Sunday before heading to the beach for those who had never done that before. She said it was the first year a dragon boat encounter had been part of the camp and the response was so good she hoped it would not be the last. “There was one boy who had been in a dragon boat before but no one else had. I think they really enjoyed it. They were all really well behaved and I think everyone had a great time”.

Wollongong Legacy Club helps widows and dependents of military personal who have died or been injured in the course of their defence activities. Illawarra Dragon Boat Club has 60 members who paddle three times a week and travel to regattas.

The club will soon stage the annual Dragon Boat Race as part of the Shellharbour Festival of Sport on March 4.