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Club Profile - Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club

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Club Profile

Club photo at the State Titles in March 2012

Different Strokes is a Sydney-based dragon boat club that predominantly caters for the gay and lesbian community. Our members consist of individuals who identify themselves as gay or lesbian, as well as their friends, family and supporters. We range in age from 14 to 60 and are almost equally split between genders.

Established in 2008, we have grown from a modest 10 members at the start of the 2009/2010 season, to over 80 members today. This growth has seen us become one of the largest clubs in NSW, with representatives in the NSW and Australian teams.

Our love of the sport has seen us develop our competitive edge, as well as our social spirit. Our performance has improved and we have started achieving final positions in regattas. Our float entry in the Mardi Gras Parade for 2010 saw us march and dance united, to promote equality, break stereotypes and encourage positive change.

This enthusiasm has seen us become the enormously proud recipient of the 2010 ‘Club of the Year’ award from Dragon Boats NSW.