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Hope Afloat paddlers off to world championships

Barnes, Petersen and Reid will be in Italy from Sept. 2-7 for club crew event

Three Hope Afloat Dragon Boat team members are travelling to Ravenna, Italy to compete in the Club Crew World Championships from Sept. 2-7.

Sheila Barnes, Marcy Petersen and Leanne Reid have been selected to paddle with the Vancouver Island Paddling Club’s Gorging Dragons Senior Women’s Teams.  Two of the ladies are on the Senior Women’s ages 49-59 B Team and one lady is paddling on the over 60 C Team.  The youngest paddler on the Gorging Dragons Senior Women’s Teams is 52 and the oldest is 75.

For the past two years, Sheila, Marcy and Leanne have travelled weekly and sometimes twice weekly to Victoria to practise with the Gorging Dragons Senior Women’s Teams.  They also maintained a prescribed training and fitness program.  The ladies practised twice a week and attended competitions with Hope Afloat teammates who have benefited from Marcy’s coaching skills and knowledge.  Hence, a very successful racing season in 2014.

Leanne commented, “Not only are we representing Hope Afloat, the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, but Canada!  And, the most important part, representing all seniors out there!”

“Hope Afloat is very proud of their teammates’ achievements and looks forward to following their success in Italy.  Good luck and paddles up!” a spokesperson said.

– Hope Afloat Dragon Boat Team

 

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