Forza

“Forza” is an Italian word meaning “force, strength & power”

Forza offers a range of paddling opportunities –
* Social and recreational dragon boat paddling;
* Racing and competition dragon boat paddling; and
* Social and recreational single craft (kayak, ski, board) paddling.
Forza also promote and enjoy the fun, social aspects of the sport as well by arranging events other than paddling for members.

Forza Dragon Boat Club Inc. (originally Forza Italia Dragon Boat Club) has been an important part of the Bunbury dragon boat scene since the club was formed in 1991.
Forza was originally, primarily comprised of family and friends of the Italian community in Bunbury, Forza is now a diversely multicultural team with paddlers from 15 years to 70 years. We have members from a diverse range of employment and educational backgrounds who make a substantial contribution to the Club.

The Club has performed with distinction at local, national and international levels, taking out the coveted Western Australian Grand Prix Trophy in both the 1996/97 and the 1998/99 seasons. Forza has also secured six wins the Forza 1000 Metre Challenge Trophy Race (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2008), and the Augusta Marathon (8.5km) in 1993. Our women’s crew were WA State Champions in 1994, and our men’s crew were winners at the International Dragon Boat Festival of Bunbury in 1995 and 1996.

Forza won the Australian Masters (35 and over) Women’s Title in Bunbury in 1993 (combined with the Bunbury Rowing Club), the WA State Masters Mixed Title in 1995, 1996 and 2005, the Australian Masters Mixed Title in Fremantle in 1996, the WA State Junior Title in 1997, and the WA State Mixed Title in 1997, 1999 and 2001.
Forza club members have also competed at National and International events with both Forza, Western Australian (WASPS) and City of Bunbury International Dragon Boat Crews – Penang (1991, 1992, 1995, 2008), Sabah (1992), Hong Kong (1993), Macau (1993), Singapore (1996), Hawaii (2000), Sydney (1992, 1993, 1999), and Canberra (1994) and the Australian National Titles in Perth WA in 1994 (National Mixed Masters Champions), 2004 and 2008. At the National Titles in Perth WA in April 2004, and based upon results in finals, conducted over 250 metres and 500 metres, Forza were the best performed Western Australian Mixed team at the titles.
After winning the men’s division of the International Dragon Boat Festival of Bunbury in 1996, Forza were the only Australian team invited to compete at the Sixth Singapore World Invitational Dragon Boat Regatta in 1996. The Forza men’s club crew paddled with distinction, gaining a sixth place in the Men’s division against National teams from around the world.

In 2002 Forza took up the challenge to run the City of Bunbury Waterfront Spectacular Dragon Boat Regatta (renamed the Three Waters Festival in 2003) in conjunction with the Bunbury Rowing Club, with the desire to encourage more crews to take participate and to showcase dragon boating to the people of Bunbury. This association continues today with the Forza Dragon Boat “Paddling Under the Stars” Festival.

Forza is proud to be associated with Crewsaders Dragons Abreast Bunbury, inaugurated in April 2005, and part of an international and Australia wide organisation for survivors of breast cancer.
More recently Forza has competed at the National Championships in Perth 2004 and 2008, Melbourne in 2012 performing very well in the Mixed Premier division. Forza paddlers have competed at every National Championship since 2007.

In 2013 Forza won two golds, a silver and a bronze medals at the State Championships for:
• 200 metres Mixed 20s – gold
• 500 metres Mixed 20s – gold
• 2000 metres Mixed 20s – silver
• 500 metres Mixed 10s – bronze.

In 2014 Forza won three golds and a silver at the State Championships for:
• 200 metres Mixed 20s – gold
• 500 metres Mixed 20s – gold
• 2000 metres Mixed 20s – silver
• 500 metres Mixed 10s – gold.

In 2015 Forza won one gold, two silver and three bronze at the State Championships for:

  • 200 meters Mixed 20s – gold
  • 500 metres Open 20s – silver
  • 200 metres Mixed 10s – silver
  • 500 metres Mixed 10s – bronze
  • 500 metres Open 10s – bronze
  • 2,000 metre turn race 20s – bronze
  • In 2016 Forza won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the State Championships for:

    • 500 meters Mixed 10s – gold
    • 500 metres Mixed 20s – silver
    • 200 metres Mixed 20s – bronze
    • 500 metres Mixed 10s – bronze
    • 500 metres Open 10s – bronze
    • 2,000 metre turn race 20s – bronze

    Forza invites and welcomes any prospective new paddlers to this exciting sport.

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