Parkes Endeavour Dragons took part in the second Forbes Dragon Boat Club Invitational Regatta on Sunday.
They joined paddlers from nine other Western region teams from Forbes, Lithgow, Dubbo, Orange Colour City, Orange Pinnacles, Bathurst, Wagga, Mudgee and Blue Mountains.
The Parkes team included seven paddlers brand new to racing, and combined with four paddlers from Lithgow. “The delight on the faces of all crew, especially the first-timers Angela Wang, Shaodong Wen, Anita Beddowes, Karolina Kosmicki, Jay Smith, Christine Fyfe and Rachel Samuels, was a testament to the joy of the day for Parkes,” said coach Beth Thomas. Two of the new paddlers, Jay and Anita, took on stroke positions to lead the timing of the boat.
Apart from bringing home a bronze in the women’s race, Parkes sweep Dave Potts completed the requirements necessary to attain his Level 3 Sweep accreditation.
“We thank the Forbes Dragon Boat Club for organising the day which allowed such great opportunities to our crew,” said president Bill Thomas.
Parkes is looking forward to its Fourth Anniversary 6km challenge on Sunday, 15th May.