18 year old Larissa, Podmore scholarship recipient and Vice-Captain at Canberra Girls Grammar School, was selected as a member of U24 Australian Dragon Boating squad, the “Auroras,” and competed in the 2015 World Championships in Wellend, Canada from 19 to 23 August 2015. During the championships, the team competed against 2500 paddlers from 18 countries and won three gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Congratulations Larissa and the Auroras!
Larissa is a proud descendant of the Ankamuthi 7 Rivers, Erub (Darnley Island) and Wakamin people, and carried the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islands’ flags at the opening ceremony as the Auroras’ official flag bearer.
This was Larissa’s first time representing Australia in the sport of dragon boating. She has come away from the Championships with one gold, four silver and two bronze medals. She competed with great pride and was an outstanding representative for her country, school and her Indigenous heritage.
Podmore also assisted Medina, Larissa’s Mum to attend the world championships, accompanied by Board member Julie Gilfillan. We would like to thank benefactors, Julie Gilfillan, Bob Breen and Glenn Crosland for supporting Larissa and Medina’s trip to Canada.