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Release Date: 
Wednesday, 27 March 2024

The City of Armadale is excited to announce the return of the Dragon Boat AusChamps, to the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre. The event will take place from 17 April 2024 - 21 April 2024. This marks the return of the AusChamps to Champion Lakes after it hosted the 2015 event.

Sponsored by the City of Armadale, the AusChamps will see hundreds of elite dragon boat athletes from all over Australia descend onto the waters at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, to compete in fast and furious dragon boat racing.

The event will see five days of racing beginning on Wednesday April 17 2024, and culminating on Sunday 21 April 2024. Tuesday 16 April 2024 will be a training day at the venue.

This event will showcase the best teams from across the country and form the selection for those athletes vying for a spot to represent Australia internationally. The AusChamps are Australia’s pinnacle national competition for dragon boat racing.

Dragon boat racing promises exciting racing and competition, and there is no better venue to host than Champion Lakes Regatta Centre. Spectators are encouraged to come and experience the best teams in the country racing head to head, and get a taste of this traditional Chinese water sport.

Racing includes events for several age categories, including Junior/Youth categories, a Premier (open age) category, and three Senior (over age 40) categories. Crews are Women, Mixed, and Open composition, and race distances are 200m, 500m, and 2,000m. The boats are either 'standard' sized, which hold a crew of 22, or 'small', which hold a crew of one.

Mayor Ruth Butterfield said: “The City of Armadale is proud to sponsor the AusChamps, as the best dragon boat racers in Australia come to compete at the world class Champion Lakes Regatta Centre.

“It’s great to see the AusChamps return to Champion Lakes and we are excited to host and cheer on competitors from around Australia in April.”

Barbara Clarkson, Chairperson of AusChamps 2024 said: “AusChamps will see elite dragon boat athletes gather from around Australia for adrenaline- pumping dragon boat racing. 

“Experience an exhilarating five days of world-class racing at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, a world class venue in the City of Armadale. Witness the teamwork as clubs from all over Australia compete in this thrilling water sport that is gaining popularity worldwide. Whether you're a participant or a spectator, this event promises excitement for everyone.

“Thank you to the Australian Dragon Boat Federation and our event partners, the City of Armadale, Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, VenuesWest and the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office for their valued support.”

You can find out more information at the Perth Hills Armadale Visitors Centre website or on the Dragon Boat WA website.

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Phone: (08) 9394 5000
Email: info@armadale.wa.gov.au

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