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Pōneke Watersports

With five different teams - you're sure to find the right fit

As the largest Dragon Boat club in the Wellington region, we have more than one team so you can find a place to fit no matter your fitness level or age. Our club is made up of people from all over and from all age groups, with teams ranging from the Open (mixed) division, the Women’s division, social division and, Masters (40+) divisions.

Pōneke Watersports members also act as coaches, sweeps, or provide general support and advice for teams that are not in the club.

The Teams

Silver Dragons

Mixed, masters team

This team consists of paddlers of 50 years and over (half are 60+) The Silver Dragons team is the first Grand Dragons team in Wellington and New Zealand and competed internationally In Australia in 2013.

Training: Thursdays
Coach: Ewen
Manager: Trevor Vickers


Women’s team

This team is open to women of any age and paddling experience. Heat won the Gold Medal at the 2016 Wellington International Dragonboat Festival and the Silver in 2017. They also competed for internationally in Bali in 2017 and came home with a Bronze.

Training: Tuesdays
Coach: Baz
Manager: Lia May Crone

Green Machine

Mixed team

This Mixed Team is for all paddlers male or female. It’s a strong team that has been going for a few years now which we have recently moved to the mixed social grade.

Training: Wednesdays
Coach: Eugene Metreveli
Manager: David Price


Women’s team

This is our social women’s crew

Training: Mondays
Coach: Joe Sione
Manager: Ciara Mitchell

Ika Moana

Mixed competitive team

This Mixed Team is for all paddlers male or female. This team is our competitive crew who is attending Nationals in 2024

Training: Thursdays
Coach: Aubrey Nepia
Manager: Kathryn Park

The People

Kathryn Park

Club President, Nationals Manager and paddler
Kathryn Park

Kathryn is our super talented, super organised, hard working Club President. She has been with the club for many years, joining us back in 2018

Rachel Sommerfield

Social Media Manager and paddler
Rachel Sommerfield

Rachel has been dragon boating since 2009 and has been paddling with the club since 2013. Rachel has held many roles on the committee but has now taken on the role of Social Media Queen. She has a huge passion for dragon boating and is very dedicated to the development and growth for the sport in Wellington and New Zealand.

Sam Wilson

Club Treasurer and paddler
Sam Wilson

Sam first got into Dragonboating as he sucked at ball sports and it had a cool name (agree)! He is a quiet soul but has fierce competition on the water. He has been paddling with Pōneke for a few years, starting back in our mixed crew Green Machine in 2019. Prior to this he paddled corporate in the late noughties with a small stint in London before returning to NZ. Now paddling for Ika Moana he has also been selected for our Nationals crew 2024. Bring on Karapiro!

Ewen McDonald

Sweep, coach and paddler
Ewen McDonald

Ewen has been involved in Dragon Boating since 2007. Ewen has competed successfully at multiple World Championships representing Australia in Masters and Grandmasters divisions and multiple Worlds Clubs Crew Championships representing Brisbane River Dragons (BRD) in all divisions. Ewen coached Queensland State masters teams for the Australian National Championships winning across all categories. BRD was for many years the top club in Australia and Ewen continued that success when he was appointed Head Coach where the club won medals in all events at the World Club Crew Championships in Italy and Adelaide, and for two years in a row BRD were the top club Masters club in Australia. Ewen has a real passion for the sport whether as a paddler, sweep, coach or administrator who wants to ensure that every paddler can reach their own goals in the sport and further the growth of the club.

Joe Sione

Sweep, coach and paddler
Joe Sione
I have been paddling for the past 7 years and love every moment on the water! Have been part of the club since 2020 and am looking forward to what the future holds for the club and sport and looking forward to growing the region in the participation and level of this awesome sport.

David Lundon

Sweep, coach and paddler

Dave started paddling as a stroke in the mid 90’s then took up sweeping when he realised it is easier to yell at paddlers instead of paddling yourself. Dave has swept at the 2007 World Championships. He has also steered UHC and several corporate teams safely across the finish line in Wellington and at National championships.

The Place

All training is held in Wellington Harbour or in Whairepo Lagoon on rough days. The boats are launched near the fountain at the Te Papa end of Frank Kitts Park.