By Brayden Williams
HOBART’S Derwent Storm dragon boating teams have seen great success at the Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games (JPPMG) in early November, only narrowly missing out on a gold medal win.
Held on the Gold Coast from 5-13 November, the 10th biennial Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games showcased competition in 43 sports, hosting 13,000 participants from Queensland, interstate and overseas.
The Derwent Storm women’s team took out the silver medal in the 200-metre grand final, with the mixed team finishing in fourth place overall.
Derwent Storm captain Alison Mourant said the team had been attending the JPPMG since 2011 and “absolutely loved” travelling to the Gold Coast for the event.
“It is something we always look forward to every two years,” she said.
“We are starved of competition in Tasmania and we just loved the atmosphere of the Pan Pacific games.
“It has been very encouraging to see the results of all of our racing.
“Our improvement over the past few years has been phenomenal and commentators and officials at the event commented on our strong race finishes.”
The Derwent Storm dragon boating team comprises 30 competitors who are all happy to make the five-hour trek to the games, Ms Mourant said.
“Overall, this was an exceptional meet for the Derwent Storms,” she said.
“All crews in all categories proved that we were up there with the mainland competition and although we missed out on medals in other categories, our finishes were extremely close.”
Dragon boating sports convenor Janine Lette said this year’s event had attracted the largest field of competitors since the games began in 1998.
“This year we had the largest number of competitors in Pan Pacific games history – it is even bigger than our national competition,” she said.
For more information about the Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games, visit mastersgames.com.au.
Caption: The Derwent Storms dragon boating women’s team with coach Martin Turner showcasing their silver medals at the Jupiter Pans Pacific Masters Games, held on the Gold Coast in November.