Who
is ACCA

About
Us

We’ve been called one of Australia’s Top Dragon Boat teams, a bunch of misfits, and a gang of bloody larrikins.

Truth is, we’re a bit of each.

Exploding from the moist and girthy loins of the Australian dragon boating community in 1984, we hail from all different backgrounds, fitness levels and locations. Fortunately for the club, members continued to show up despite being told that they were the victim of an April Fools’ joke. Most were acquired through illegal immigration, traded with Bitcoin, or Canadian paddlers with VISA issues so they could be easily bribed to paddle.

We’re a bunch of competitive dragon boaters who have a whole lot of fun — on and off the water. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we mean business when we compete. Our motto is Fitter. Stronger. Together. And that’s the best part of it – we’re not just a team, we FAM.

And that’s how we show up.

Join us for a paddle, a laugh, and gain 76 Insta friends immediately.

key
achievements

2023-24

Oceania Dragon Boat Championships

Senior A Mixed 10s 500m

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Premier Mixed 10s 200m
Senior A Mixed 10s 500m

Senior A Mixed 10s 200m
Senior A Mixed 10s 2000m

2022-23

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Premier Open 500m

Premier Women 200m
Premier Open 200m
Premier Mixed 500m

NSW State Championships

Premier Mixed 500m

Premier Women 500m

Premier Open 500m

2021-22

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Premier Women 500m
Premier Mixed 500m
Premier Women 200m
Premier Mixed 2000m
Premier Women 2000m

Premier Open 500m
Premier Open 2000m

2020-21

NSW State Championships

Women 20s 500m

Open 20s 500m

2018-19

Brad Hughes

Finalist, Community Coach of the Year – NSW Sport Community Sports Award 2019

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Mixed 20s 500m
Open 20s 500m

Premier Women 500m
Women 20s 200m
Open 20s 200m
Open 20s 2000m

Mixed 20s 200m
Women 20s 2000m

2017-18

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Premier Women 20s 200m
Premier Women 20s 500m
Premier Women 20s 2000m
Premier Opens 20s 2000m
Premier Mixed 10s 200m

Premier Mixed 20s 500m

Premier Mixed 20s 200m
Premier Opens 20s 500m
Premier Mixed 20s 2000m

NSW State Championships

Mixed 500m
Premier Women 500m
Open 500m

2016-17

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Premier Women 20’s 500m

Premier Mixed 20s 500m

Premier Opens 20s 500m
Premier Mixed 20s 2000m

NSW State Championships

Mixed 500m
Premier Women 500m
Opens 500m

2015-16

World Club Crew Championships

Premier Opens 20s 2000m

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

Premier Opens 20s 2000m

Premier Mixed 20s 200m
Premier Open 20s 500m
Premier Mixed 20s 500m

NSW State Championships

Premier Women 20s 500m

Premier Mixed 20s 500m

Premier Opens 20s 500m

our
coaches

Head Coach

Jason
A.K.A Indy

Started Paddling

2011

Dragon Boating Achievements

  • 2015 Australian Team (Auroras) representative World Championships, Canada
  • 2014 Australian Team (Auroras) representative – Asian Championships, Macau
  • 2014 – 2016: Represented NSW Premier State Team
  • 2016 – 2021: ACCA Assistant Coach
  • 2022 – 23: Australian Team (Auroras) – Junior Division Coach

FUN FACTS

  • His love of paddling and coaching is equal to his love of undersized bucket hats
  • Runs his own paddle company, Canoe Connection
  • Coached by a 2012 Olympian

Coach

Britnee
A.K.A Brit

Started Paddling

2007

Dragon Boating Achievements

  • 2019-2022, Level 1 Coach
  • Countless races across club & corporate competitions
  • Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 100km paddle

fun facts

  • Loves all things outdoors
  • Has a thing for 100KM challenges. Has completed; cycling, hiking, & paddling
  • The only Canadian to hate maple syrup 🙃
 

Coach

JORDaN
A.K.A SONNY BILL

Started Paddling

2011

Dragon Boating Achievements

  • 2015 Australian Team (Auroras) representative – World Championships, Canada
  • 2014,15,18, 22 & 2023 NSW State Team representative
  • 2022 ACCA Male Paddler of the Year
  • 2011-22 Best Hair After a Race

fun facts

  • 2011-22 Best Hair After a Race
  • Once scared his mum and she rode her bike off a cliff in New Zealand (not his intention). Thankfully the only thing that was injured was her pride!
  • His car contains more hair and body products than Priceline

our
board & team manager

President

Melinda A.K.A Mel

Started Paddling

2022

FUN FACTS

  • She guerilla gardens her neighbourhood creating food forests
  • She has more than 100 cases of wine in her spare room

Secretary

Jessie
A.K.A Who?

Started Paddling

2020

FUN FACTS

  • With the paddle in hand,  “I SLAY THE DAY”
  • She once did a full marathon in Japan to earn a Tiffany necklace
  • She can still do a split on dance floor

Treasurer

Gerald
A.K.A G Unit

Started Paddling

2020

FUN FACTS

  • Outside of dragon boating, he participates in powerlifting and running
  • Loves drawing live portraits
  • Loves cooking and baking
  • Can drive stick

Director

Sam
A.K.A Falcon/SPAM

Started Paddling

2019

FUN FACTS

  • Paddled in Hong Kong with Buzz Dragonboat Team, going to all the fisherman races!
  • Loves hiking, ocean swims & travelling the world
  • She was once in a Vegemite commercial back in the 90s

Director

Luke
A.K.A Duke

Started Paddling

2012

FUN FACTS

  • Was the first ever foreign athlete at Botswana’s Nkashi Classic
  • Has an international rugby cap
  • Has played the triangle in a brass band

Team Manager

Amy
A.K.A AO

Started Paddling

2021

FUN FACTS

  • Doesn’t drink coffee
  • Once fell out of a bus, please don’t ask about it…
  • (ask her about it)