Tri-Port dragon boaters Shari Woodside

Next up – the world

A quartet of paddlers from the North Island's Tri-Port Dragon Boat Society will take part in the 2014 world championships in Ravena, Italy.

A quartet of paddlers from the North Island’s Tri-Port Dragon Boat Society will test their skill against the best in the world next summer after placing second in their classification last weekend in the Canadian National Dragon Boating Championships in Victoria.

Adele deWit, Sandra Logan, Irene Paterson and Shari Woodside competed as part of the crew of the Victoria-based Gorging Dragons, in the Senior B division.

The team earned silver medals with a runner-up showing in Saturday’s 500-metre competition, then came back Sunday to place third in the 200-metre championships.

The 2014 world championships will be held in Ravena, Italy.