Crushing it at regionals! with a gremlin related twist...

As we gathered on the shore for the opening address of the 2019  Regional’s, Lake Pupuke reflected the early morning sunlight, the weather perfect for good times on the water.

What was the day to bring? Would our hard work and rigorous training see us achieve our goals? There’s a ‘yes’ in that answer, an ‘almost’ and an unexpected twist.

After a first 500m heat which left room for improvement we got our groove on and were happy with the second. In the final we fought hard and took gold. It’s been a few years since Busting has held the 500m trophy and a great prize to celebrate.

After returning good times in the heats, less than half a second separated us and our sisters in the 200m final giving us the silver in an exciting and very close race.

The last race of the day is the 2000m and fatigued as we may be we know we have to channel that  interval training, call on that final reserve of energy and give it our all. We put in a well paced race but was it good enough? For a short time it appeared that it was, but gremlins in the timing system were sorted out and ultimately we got second.

A memorable Regionals for us and cause to reflect on a fantastic day of racing with our BC sisters and across the whole dragonboat community. 

- Jo Hooper reporting for the team

Endless high fives and three bronze medals - Auckland Regionals March 17th 2018

What will I remember about my first Regionals? When I think back to St Patricks Day 2018 instead of shamrocks and Guinesss,  I immediately see endless high fives, medals(!) and the 2000m race.

I knew as a team that Busting were into our high fives which I love. Race after race (seven of them for us!) other teams lined up to high five us and we them - breast cancer survivor, engineering firms, everyone! The comradery shown in dragon boating has made a real impression on me and it was evident at this competition. I was really pleased my children were there to see that the teams were incredibly competitive but also supportive.

Three bronze medals were a fantastic reward for the hard work Busting has done in the last few months. The bronzes in all three races were great but the 200m race stands out as it was so incredibly close, a good reflection of the work Busting has done. One second between 1st and 3rd! Incredibly frustrating and satisfying all at the same time!

The last impression I will keep of Regionals is the 2000m race, my first one. Wow. This race is definitely a challenge for me, both physically and mentally.  I survived it and was pretty impressed with myself I have to say. Many conversations were going on in my head, interrupted by telling myself to breathe!. There was definitely a real sense of accomplishment in knowing I did not give up.  What a day!

- Libby

Regional Championships, Lake Pupuke, Takapuna, Saturday 18 March 2017

Season newbie Darien Pearce experiences her first Regionals held on Busting's training turf ....

I arrived at Lake Pupuke for Regionals and it was a beautiful crisp morning with a sea of tents, excited people, and the boats looking lovely on the water with their dragon heads and tails attached.  After dropping my things at the tent, the first stop was to join everyone else queuing for a hot drink to start the day!  This was my first Regionals and I was nervous.  Could I do this, would I survive the 2km race?  Yes, I could!  The flower ceremony for the BC teams was very moving.  All in all it was an amazing day with amazing people.  Everyone dug deep and found the energy needed, even for that 2km race!  It was also exceptionally nice to have some “bling” at the end... Go Busting!!!   The next day was spent lying on the couch!