Alison Mourant to Battle Dragons for Australia in Hungary

During office hours Alison Mourant works in the department's Corporate Services Division.

After hours she joins more than 50 million others globally in Dragon boating.

With its roots in ancient Chinese culture, Dragon boating has developed to the point where over 70 countries participate. Tasmania was introduced to the sport in 2002, and now boasts 5 clubs state-wide, with men and women paddling across most age groups. 

Alison says: "I was introduced to the sport of Dragon Boating in September 2008 – after one session on the water I was hooked."

"I had always been a keen sportsperson and had been actively playing sport and running for a number of years.  Running, Hockey, Netball and Touch football had started to take its toll on my body – (fractured eye socket from hockey) and knee injuries, so this sport seemed to be a good option for me."

For the past three years Alison has been the head coach of the Tasmanian team and will be heading off to the Australian Championships to be held in Penrith (April 16-19). 

She has been selected to be the Tasmanian Flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Australian Championships and will carry the flag.

Alison and two other paddlers from the club have been selected to represent Australia at the World Dragon Boat Championships in Hungary in July.  It is the first time the Australian team, the Auroras, has included representatives from Tasmania.

"We have been training hard ahead of the event, where we will compete in 200m, 500m, 1000m and 2000m races in front of up to 10,000 spectators.  It’s taken an intensive strength and fitness training regime before attending selection camps, where we were tested against the nation's best paddlers."

"We have a lot of hard work ahead of us – the Head Coach has sent us an intense training regime that needs to be followed once we return from the Australian Champs – we will be attending a training camp on the Gold Coast in June prior to heading to Gyor, Hungary on July 16 for our final training camp.  The World Championships will be held in Szeged, Hungary July 24-28." 

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