State Trials

It’s always interesting participating in dragonboat trials around Australia. I’ve definitely noticed the difference between ACT and VIC states with their testing, and I think right from the word go, how you trial sets the bar for what kind of standard you’ll have for your team.

And for the VIC team? Only the highest standard.

I’ve never done benchmarking in an offsite facility before, so the trials were a real eye opener for me. We had them at AAMI park and the equipment was all state of the art. Perfect for beep test, chin ups, sit ups, kettle bell, bench press, and weigh ins.

As a drummer, I don’t have to do too much for bench marking as all my trials are on water. But I turned up to AAMI park, and watched in awe as these paddlers showed off their amazing strength with their individual tests. I think about how many sit ups these guys and girls did, and I don’t think I could compare – I struggle with crunches alone right now! And the chin ups …. The upper body strength these folks have is so amazing. I’m still working on my upper body strength but I can tell you right now I am in AWE of what these guys can achieve. Some of the paddlers could bust out some chin ups like they were sitting around having a cup of tea on a lazy Sunday morning, whereas I know if it were me I’d be flailing on that bar so badly. They make it all look so EASY, and I know for a fact it isn’t! I remember sitting on the front of the boat a couple of years ago watching our strokes paddle during training, and they both had such a beautiful stroke that I remember sitting there thinking that I could sit there and watch them paddle for days because they made it look so effortless. That’s the sign of a great paddler!

I’m going to say that the calibre of the people who trialed were out of this world. Every time I attend bench marking as a drummer, I am SO impressed by our paddlers. They’re fit, they’re strong, they’re dedicated and they’re excited to be part of the team. As a drummer, that’s what I love to see. I love to see the enthusiasm of each of the paddlers at bench marking, and it actually gives me something to aspire to.

Right now, I’m not much of a paddler, because I haven’t done much paddling in the past. But I’d love to get to a level of fitness where I could pick up a kettle bell and swing it around for 2 minutes continuously like it weighed nothing more than a feather.

I’m pleased to say that I’ve made the Victorian state team this year, and I am STOKED to represent my second state within Australia. When I represented the ACT, I was always in awe of what the Victorian team achieved, and now I get to be a part of that, so to say I’m thrilled to be a part of the team is a bit of an understatement.

And do you want to know what makes victory a little bit sweeter? Our uniforms have sea horses on them. SEA HORSES. I fricken LOVE SEA HORSES.

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SEA HORSES FTW!!!!!!

So we have a State training camp next weekend which will be our first one together which I’m super excited about. I’m looking forward to meeting the team and seeing what we can do together at Nationals this year. Like …. SUPER excited. I’m expecting great things from this team this year -we have a stellar coach, we have amazing paddlers and we definitely have the enthusiasm and dedication behind us that’s going to help us be successful.

Did I mention that nationals are only 2 months away. TWO MONTHS, PEOPLE.

Get excited, because in no time at all we’re going to be crashing Albury/Wodonga and bringing the competition! *excited happy dance*

More after State Camp, guys!

Until then, paddles up!

Rach xx

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