Vote now for your favourite Team or Individual

Vote for the team or individual that you think most needs funding, for their chance to receive up to $1,500 from the Thermoskin Community Sports Fund!

You will also be entered in the draw to win a $200 EFTPOS Gift Card!

With a total pool of $10,000 available plus a gift of Thermoskin’s Plantar FXT Calf Socks, 2016 winners will be decided upon by a panel of 4 judges including Melanie Wright (Australian Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in Swimming), Sharelle McMahon (former Australian Netballer), Brett Emerton (ex-Socceroo) and Thermoskin CEO Matthew Symington.

Shortlisted entries will be based on quality of application, why the funds are needed, value to the community/individual, and number of votes received by the public, so start voting now and make your contribution!

To find out more on how your voting contributes, please visit our Terms & Conditions. Thermoskin Community Sports Fund Recipients will be announced on the Thermoskin website and Facebook page.

Voting: 4th – 25th May 2016
Recipients Announced: 6th June 2016

Total Votes:   48

Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club


Dragon Boating

State / Area:

VIC / Metro

Funding Requested


Voting has now finished.

Recipients will be announced on 6th June 2016.

About Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club

Located in the heart of The Docklands, training along the iconic Yarra River, you’ll find one of Melbourne’s longest established Dragon Boat Clubs, Melbourne Flames. In 2016 we celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary and have seen the Clubs membership grow significantly over the past 2 years. With a total membership of 80, 46 females and 32 males, we offer both social and competitive opportunities. Our training schedule runs throughout the year with regular social gatherings, Regional trips across Victoria to attend regattas including the Mile High Regatta held annually at Falls Creek and local Regattas’ on Victoria Harbour and the Yarra. Coached by Serghei Cucsa, current Head Coach of the Auroras (Australian National team), we retain the title of Victorian Club Team Champions and reflected the strength of the women’s premier crew by securing 2 gold and 1 silver at the World Club Crew Championships in Adelaide this year.

Value to the Community

Our main focus as a sporting team is to encourage fitness and wellbeing both physically and mentally. Our members range from teenagers to those above 60 years including breast cancer survivors. During the peak season, training can increase to 6 days a week, which offers greater options for our members to stay fit. One of the greatest value our sport brings is the sense of teamwork. We value working together to achieve a common goal. This is reflected in our success in competitions and in our approach to community events such as the Big Bash, where our paddlers volunteer their time to support the cricketers and their fans in some paddling fun on the Yarra. We support local cafes by partnering with them for our group gatherings such as holding our post training Sunday brunches to encourage new, existing and potential members in enjoying the social atmosphere of the sport.

Why the funds are needed

Over the past year, our membership numbers have increased from just over 50 to 80 members. We have relocated from a large shed to a new yet smaller shared community hub. As we grow, our commitments have too. We are eager to keep the momentum as the leading competitive team in Victoria and one of the top teams in Australia. Whilst there are many areas we can improve on, one of the greatest challenges we face is the ongoing training commitment, especially for our competitive paddlers, during the winter season. This grant would go toward subsiding winter training gear, particularly, supplying appropriate thermal wear for our paddlers. These would be for on water training sessions as well as the off water sessions where needed.


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