Dragonboat Charleston dominated the national competition in Chattanooga, Tenn., this past weekend, bringing home 14 medals.
The group sent five teams to compete in the U.S. National Dragonboat Championships: a Breast Cancer Survivor team, two Grandmasters' teams (ages 50 and over) and two Premier teams (under 50). Dragonboat racing involves up to 20 paddlers in a 48-foot wooden boat with a dragon head on one end and a tail on the other.
The Charleston's Breast Cancer Survivor team won gold medals in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-meter races. One Grandmasters' team won a Gold and the other a Bronze. The Premier Women's team and the Premier Mixed team both won bronze medals. The other medals received were for individuals and team spirit.
The Grandmasters' team that won a gold medal also won a berth at the 2012 World Club Crew Championships to be held in Hong Kong, China.