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    Every year our club competes at the Australian Championships as well as many local regattas.

  • Training on Lake Burley Griffin

    It's wonderful paddling around the lake and seeing the Canberra sites from a new perspective.
    (photo taken by Paul Jurak, Kayakcameraman)

  • dragon boat race at Lake Jindabyne

    Racing at Lake Jindabyne

  • dragon boat team at Docklands

    Ready to race at Docklands Melbourne

About Diamond Phoenix

The Diamond Phoenix dragon boat club (ABN 94293484340) is a Canberra squad consisting of women of all ages and fitness levels. The focus of the team is empowerment and friendship, while continually striving for improvement. Our club caters for social and competitive paddlers.

We compete at local Canberra dragon boat regattas, as well as interstate and overseas. Members also enjoy social events and other fitness activities together. Our philosophy is: Encouraging women in sport: happier, healthier, fitter!

  • To give women the opportunity to experience dragon boating.
  • To enable members to develop their best paddling technique.
  • To assist members to increase their fitness and endurance.
  • To improve individually and as a team, and celebrate our achievements.
  • To create a culture where women feel comfortable to achieve their best.
  • To encourage and promote women in sport.


About Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing originated in China over 2500 years ago. While competition has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of folk ritual, it emerged in modern times as an international sport in Hong Kong in 1976.

Dragon boats are 12m long canoe-like boats with twenty people two abreast, along with a sweep to steer the boat and a drummer. For competition events, dragon boats are generally rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. Competitions are divided into separate categories depending on the mix of gender and age of the paddlers over a course of 200m, 500m, 1000m or 2000m. Some competitions also have categories for 10 paddlers.

dragon boat flags

Dragon boat racing is among the fastest growing of team water sports, with thousands of participants in over 60 countries. The sport is recognised for the camaraderie, strength and endurance of participants. It's a great way to build up fitness and make new friends, even if you've never done a team sport or water sport before.

Further information about dragon boating can be found at:

Dragon Boat Racing in Canberra

Dragon boating was introduced to Canberra in 1990 and the governing body Canberra Dragon Boats Association Inc. (now known as Dragon Boat ACT) was established in 1995.  Diamond Phoenix was founded in 2006 as Canberra's only general all-women's club. Canberra is home to over ten teams and approximately 900 paddlers.

Dragon Boat ACT is a member of the Australian Dragon Boat Federation (AusDBF), which in turn is a member of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).

Photo Gallery

The most recent photos can be found on our Facebook page (available to everyone): www.facebook.com/dragonboatclub

2020-2021 season

2019-2020 season

2018-2019 season

2017-2018 season

2016-2017 season

2015-2016 season

2014-2015 season

2013-2014 season

2012-2013 season and 2013 Australian Championships

2011-2012 season

2010-2011 season

2009-2010 season

2008-2009 season

Useful Links

Australian Dragon Boat Federation

Dragon Boat ACT

Chief Minister's Media Release about Diamond Phoenix

Dragon Boat NSW Racing Calendar

International Dragon Boat Federation