The final day of the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival ended up overcast and lukewarm until the late afternoon.
But according to the event’s media representative, Anita Webster, many of the rowers didn’t mind that one bit.
“(On Saturday) when it was hot, that was difficult,” said Webster. “These are pretty much perfect conditions today.”
Among the highlights of rowing a dragon boat in the festival? Camaraderie and the excitement of competition.
And it never hurts to walk away with some hardware either.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of this Festival, and with our performance,” said Cheryl Watson of the Abreast in a Boat team, whose members are all breast cancer survivors and took home bronze medals from their race as part of the recreational division.
Watson said her squad has been training once a week since the beginning of March and that teamwork is the key to their success.
“You have to work together and be in synch, or you’ve got no chance,” she said.
The final day also featured live music, dancing, international food items and the final entries in the Aluminum Chef Cooking Competition.
Vancouver Community College chef Sonia Zebadua took home the Aluminum Trophy and $1,000 for her seared game hen breast dish.
Top teams from the Competitive Division will move on to the Canadian National Dragon Boat Championships in Whistler in July.