Fremantle and Broome compete in the Dragon Boat races

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 4-9-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus rowed to victory during the Shinju Matsuri Dragon Boat Races in Broome. The medical students visited the Kimberley as part of their practical placement and stayed overnight on the Broome Campus before joining the Broome Campus' Hunchback team in the community event.

Shinju Matsuri, meaning Festival of the Pearl, is the town's annual festival that traditionally marked the end of the pearling season. The dragon boat race held on picturesque Roebuck Bay is the most popular event on the festival calendar.

The Fremantle Campus team named Lay Down Sal, revelled in the perfect conditions winning heats to progress to the final where they held off the team from the Broome Lifesaving Club to clinch the trophy.

A victory in the second heat was not enough for the Hunchbacks who missed out on a berth in the semi finals by one place. The win for the Fremantle Campus follows on from the Broome Campus victory in the tug of war the previous year and with the added spice of inter-campus rivalry, the Shinju Matsuri Dragon Boat races looks set to have a Notre Dame presence for future festivals.