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Dragon Boat World Championship selections underway
September event will be first in Americas
Dragon race
Team USA hopefuls paddle during practice in Gainesville, Saturday, July 21, 2018, on Lake Lanier. Team USA will be selecting athletes to compete in the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships, which will be held at the lake in September.
Over the weekend, 125 paddlers from across the US made a big splash at Lake Lanier Olympic Park with the hopes of landing a spot competing in the International Canoe Federation Dragon Boat World Championships. From Sept 12-16, teams from 16 countries will race for a spot on the podium in junior, senior and master divisions. Boats have either 10 or 20 seats, with paddlers sitting in twos side-by-side and use a single-bladed paddle. Each boat also has a drummer and a steerer, with everybody in the boat paddling to the rhythm of the drum.