As the largest Dragon Boat club in the Wellington region, we have more than one team so you can find a place to fit no matter your fitness level or age.
Our club is made up of people from all over and from all age groups, in 2016 we had 3 teams paddling Green Machine in the Open (mixed) division, Hutt Valley Heat in the Women’s division and the Silver Dragons in the Masters (40+) divisions.
VDC members also act as coaches, sweeps, or provide general support and advise for teams that are not in the club.
Silver Dragons (mixed, masters)
This team consists of paddlers of 50 years and over (half are 60+) The Silver Dragons team is the first Grand Dragons team in Wellington and New Zealand and competed internationally In Australia in 2013.
Training: Thursday 5.30-7pm
Manager: Trevor Vickers
Hutt Valley Heat (womens)
This team is open to women of any age and paddling experience. Hutt Valley Heat won the Gold Medal at the 2016 Wellington International Dragonboat Festival and the Silver in 2017. They also competed for internationally in Bali in 2017 and came home with a Bronze.
Training: Tuesdays 5.30-7pm
Coach: David Lundon
Manager: Rachel Calvert
Green Machine (mixed)
This VDC Mixed Team is for all paddlers male or female. It’s a strong team that has been going for a few years now. One of the hardest divisions is the mixed open division and Green Machine rise to the challenge.
Training: Wednesday 5.30-7pm
Coach: Trent McKenzie
Manager: Roy Hoogmoed
Sweep, Coach and Club President
Dave started paddling as a stroke in the mid 90’s then took up sweeping when he realised it is easier to yell at paddlers instead of paddling yourself. Dave has swept at the 2007 World Championships. He has also steered UHC and several corporate teams safely across the finish line in Wellington and at National championships.
Jacob de Feijter
Sweep, Coach and Club Secretary
Jacob’s first dragonboating race was in 1989 in Singapore. Over the last 16 years, he coached a variety of School and Corporate teams. Except for 2004, the teams he coached (many together with Sue Jamieson of Upper Hutt College) have always won medals and Jacob expects to continue this trend with the VDC teams. Jacob also paddles for the Silver Dragons team but finds it hard to keep his mouth shut and not give instructions to the sweep! And in the past has coached Taylor Preston and Upper Hutt College.
Sweep and super awesome
Calum has many years experience, sweeping for a variety of teams. Easily spotted on the water, you can hear him barking his commands from miles away!