Yea, they sure are an extra talented family
DRAGON BOATS: It will be a hectic few months for Leah, Shane and their daughter Regan Yea.
On the back of a successful Dragon Boat National Championships campaign at Lake Kawana, the family will split for different events later in the year and in 2019.
"Shane and I are planning to join up with a Brisbane team to compete in Pan Pacs, to be held at Varsity Lakes in November," Leah said.
"The Brisbane regatta season is over, but the Wide Bay season of five regattas kicks off at Bundaberg in May."
Both Shane and Regan will also do try-outs for the Australian Auroras team which starts in September.
This will be followed by training camps with the goal to get selected in the Auroras' respective Senior A and under-24 teams that will compete in the World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand in 2019.
Their confidence should be sky high because the Yea family succeeded well beyond their expectations at Lake Kawana over the last weeks, bringing home three gold medals each and an additional five silvers for Regan.
With Shane and Leah also selected for the Queensland Senior A squad, and Regan selected in the state junior U18 squad, they have spent the past five months commuting to and from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast for training sessions with their respective teams and the combined Queensland team.
Day one of the five-day Dragon Boat National Championships was State versus State day, where all 500-metre racing consisted of a first race for lane positioning followed by a final.
Regan continued to race with the Queensland Sonics and the Australian Joeys for days two and three.
"These kids don't get to train together so it is awesome to see them doing so well against school teams from Sydney and Canberra and club teams from other regions," Leah said.
"The dedication and commitment showed by paddlers and their coaches was incredible."
It was during these days when Regan picked up her seven medals in the open, mixed and female crews over distances of 200-metre, 500-metre and 2km.
Queensland won gold in the mixed 20s, open 10s, female 10s and the 100-metre relay.