Podmore Scholarship Recipient Competes for Australia in 2015 Dragon Boat World Championships 

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. 

Larissa, following her selection to compete with the Auroras at the Dragon Boat World Championships in 2015 (Photo taken by Australian Dragon Boat Federation)

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.

Larissa, our proud Aurora Indigenous Flag bearer, receiving her plaque at the official team dinner in Welland, Canada (Photo by Australian Dragon Boat Federation)

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.

Canberra Girls Grammar School members of the U24 Auroras team (L-toR: Larissa, Isabella, Michelle and Lauren) at the IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Canada (Photo by Canberra Girls Grammar School)