It was a case of being thrown in the deep end when the Lakers Devils dragon boat team came together for the 16th Australian Masters Games in Tasmania.
Brought together from all parts of the sunshine state there was little time to fine tune their team work.
Linda Nugent, 60, from Mackay joined the Brisbane-based Lakers with friends Lee-Anne Dunn and Joanne Coates for their their first Games experience.
“It’s been awesome,” Nugent said.
“We’ve come from Queensland so for us it was a bit of a temperature shock, and on the water it has been quite cold at times, but on the whole, it’s been beautiful.
“So well organised and we’ve had a great team with us because we’re a composite team with people from Mackay, Bundaberg, Cairns and the rest from Brisbane.”
“We’d never trained together before until the first race yesterday,” Nugent added.
“It went really well, we probably wouldn’t have done any better if we had of trained together.
“We’re lucky because we’ve all mixed together really well, and that’s what dragon boating is all about, everyone just does their thing.”
Competing against, and spending time out the boat, with so many people of similar age was a highlight for Nugent who pointed out that when it came to getting out on the water, it was a serious thing.
“Really good, it’s so good to not have to compete against someone who is 30-odd or younger,” she laughed.
“Everyone is really friendly, that’s what is nice about it, no one has any tickets on themselves or feels they are more important.
“Once we’re in the boat, then it’s a whole different story.”