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Local Dragon boating club gears up for World Championships

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Windy City Dragon Club is gearing up for one of their biggest competitions in the coming weeks.

The team is the only team representing the United States in their category in their year's World Club Championship race, which will take place in Italy.The Windy City Dragon Club formed just a couple of years ago. The team is made up of people who live in the Chicago land area as well as Dubuque. Since the team members are all from different areas, they are not able to meet and practice as a group very often. On Sunday, the group practiced together for the third time this year on the Mississippi river.

"We get one-on-one coaching with some of the best coaches in the United States in our category," said member, John McDermott.

The team will be competing in a club crew type competition in Italy, which means everyone will be paddling with their hometown crew. Members of the Windy City Dragon Club said that gives them an advantage.

"I just truly believe that (other groups) don't have a bond....The family that we have created on our team and I think that gives us a great advantage," said member Suzy Kania.

The Windy City Dragon Club will head to Italy in early September to compete.

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