Our Paddlers at IDBFWC “Worlds” Thailand

From August 20 - 25, 2019, four of our paddlers competed at the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. Only about 25 men and 25 women are chosen to form one USA Team in each age category every two years. Men and women compete in the Open, Women’s, and a Mixed team divisions. Each division provides courses of 2,000 meters, 1,000 meters, 500 meters and 200 meters . All but the 2K has multiple heats, and in the Senior categories of Senior A (40 yrs +), Senior B (50 yrs+) Senior C (60 yrs+), heat times are combined to arrive at First, Second and Third.

We have some very special SurviveOars who not only made the national team, but excelled beyond expectation!

Nettie Aussesserus and Belin Tanner both were rostered on the Senior A Women’s Team. Nettie was also chosen for the Mixed Sr A Team! The women’s team won Silver medals in the 2K, 1K, 500m and 200m! The Mixed team won Silver in the 2K, 1K, Bronze in the 200!

Dave DeGroot was chosen for both the Open and the Mixed Sr C Teams. With an unprecedented, historic showing, the Open and Mixed teams swept all the categories with Gold medals: 2K, 1K, 500m, 200m, setting World Records in times for some of them (ask Dave I expect he has them memorized!).

Becky Adams was chosen for the Sr. C’s women’s team and had a personal dream come true, sitting Seat One right as “stroke” or pacer for the 500 m races. It was an incredible experience winning Gold in the 500’s, the 2K and 1K, Bronze in the 200m. World records were set in the women’s 2K and 1K!

No Senior USA team had EVER gotten a Gold medal before this cycle. Senior C ended up with Eleven out of Twelve possible Gold medals!! We crushed Canada, who has been winning all the Golds for years!

Congratulations to our inspiring athletes! It was a long, hard journey to Thailand requiring much personal, physical and financial sacrifice. We could not have done it well without the programs of CCDBA, and the moral support of paddlers, affiliates and our huge family of supporters.

The fact that five of us tried out for the national team is a testament to the grit and courage of our little, but mighty, club. CCDBA hosted the first Senior C try-out camp ever held on the west Coast back in October and none of the athletes can stop talking about the magic of the Central Coast and the hospitality they found with us.

So let’s keep on keeping on! I’ve been informed we have a berth for Club Crew in France in 2020, thank you very much, Rose Marie Battaglia and team!

Paddles Up,

Becky Adams
World Champion