Canberra was the second DAA team in Australia, commencing paddling in 1999.Â We celebrated our 18th anniversary in 2017 with a members breakfast. Our original team name was "Tickled Pink" but was changed to "GoAnna" in 2014 in honour of our founder Anna Wellings-Booth . We continue to grow in numbers each year and some of our original paddlers are still active members. Â
We have competed in the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission events for breast cancer survivors in Caloundra, Australia; Peterborough, Canada and Sarasota, Florida.Â Many members are now signed up for the event in Florence, Italy in 2018.
But competition is not our only interest!Â We have a variety of social activities and simply enjoy paddling on our beautiful Lake Burley Griffin.Â Our â€œGoAnnaâ€™s Gatheringâ€ (gathering of members with dinner and short program of fun) is a social highlight each year. The DA Canberra Annual Social and Corporate Regatta continues to be a very successful community event raising awareness of breast cancer in the Canberra region through the sport of dragon boat racing.
We have two boats â€“ a 20 seater named â€œGoAnnaâ€, and a baby 10-seater boat called â€œGeckoâ€. We paddle regularly three times a week throughout the year, despite Canberra's cold winters, and compete regularly in the local ACT and NSW regattas, as well as overseas in Hong Kong. In 2014, we paddled 54 kms of the Ord River in Western Australia!