Participants came from all over the northern half of France to win their selection for the National Championship.
Nearly 150 competitors from 15 teams took to the Quai de Waremme on Saturday morning for the selective National Dragon Boat, qualifying for the French Championships in Belfort.
For two days, Gerrarmer Lake vibrated with the sound of the drums of these large boats of Asian origin, with 10 or 20 seats, through various races at distances of 200 metres, 500 metres, and 2,000 metres. Thirty competitions in total, saw the best teams in the northern half of France compete fiercely, but always in a pleasant atmosphere, for the top spots, synonymous with the possibility of reaching the Belfortine Final.
On a technical level, the event satisfied the participants as well as the host club president Thierry Husson and reminded the oldest major national and international organizations of discipline in their lake. Perhaps this bodes well for future projects in this direction …
The Finish the picture Many times
From a sporting point of view, the event has given rise to very tight races, particularly in the short 200m, a blasting and synchronization exercise that all teams love. It was not uncommon to use video to choose between boats up to a centimeter! A beautiful sight passed from the outskirts of Union Nautique by a few curious people who had come to see these large floating dragons. If club teams fought bitter battles, they also knew how to combine their talents when necessary in order to perform; At DB20 we were able to find Gérardmer / Besançon, antagonists of Toul / Divonne / Chalons and Reims / Champigny. On Gerrarmer’s part, we didn’t skimp on the means, because, in addition to the regular squad, a very valuable “B” team was formed for the occasion, bringing together young athletes from the club and such former international players as 2019 World Champion Louis Lapointe, and Charlene Le Corvaiser. Vice-Champion of the World in the same year. In other words: cut the crew for the win! At the end of the weekend, Vosgen and Dobbist logically emerged as the main winners of all events.
Full weekend results over here.
The qualifiers have a date in Balfour next October
The second national pick of the year, this competition provided the last chance to qualify for the French Championship to be held in Belfort (90) next October. After great performances over the weekend, a representative of the French Canoe-Kayak Federation (FFCK), Lionel Frissy, announced the lucky list chosen in which we found Jerome’s energy, all accompanied by representatives of the municipality. geromoise. A huge success for the organizing club and its coach Gwendal Duchette, who will still have to reconcile several sporting goals at the start of the 2022 school year.
List of clubs selected at the end of the season over here.