6:30 a.m., June 29)
Fitness Dragon Boat team raises over $11,000
By Julie Acheson
Special to Orléans Online
year's 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
was a tremendous success thanks to the fundraising efforts
of team's like 180 Fitness which raised over $11,000.
all-female team, save for a husband who was recruited
as the steer person, began their preparations for the
Festival in March and haven't stopped since. This involved
physical training to strengthen their legs, back, core
and arms, as well as ten water practices to learn paddling
technique and practice team synchronisation.
team members were first-time paddlers, but undeniably
fell in love with the sport after the first practice,
when Coach Liz Elton shared her personal belief that "every
time a paddle goes into the water, it sends out positive
energy into the world".
that philosophy certainly resonated with this crew, who
came together and who, thanks to the Orléans community,
succeeded in raising over $11,000 in support of seven
from soliciting their friends and family, the team also
organised a number of community fundraising events, including
a night at Absolute Comedy, a "Glass Turkey"
wine raffle, and a scrapbooking event.
the fifth top fundraising team, the 180 Fitness crew was
asked to race in the Festival's Charity Race on the Friday
night. Although the Charity Race did not count in the
competition, it gave 180 Fitness the extra experience
needed to beat their personal best during Saturday's race,
and qualify for another full day of racing on the Sunday,
which had been an important goal for the team.
by their great weekend, this group of paddling fundraisers
is eager to continue racing, and is looking forward to
breaking both its paddling and fundraising records once
again at next year's Dragon Boat Festival.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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