Abreast With FORT-itude at Nanaimo, July 5-7th

Well girls, it must be what we are eating for breakfast, because we pulled off our third Gold medal this season at the Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival!! And, we also got Bronze in the Diamond “A” Division, a real step up for us.

It was a fabulous weekend, I am still on a high. Nanaimo knows how to put on a party. The theme this year was “So You Think You Can Dance”. At the evening party each team got up to “perform” ….. most were hilarious and a few downright awesome. Our gangnam style dance with tuxedo t-shirts and bowler hats with hot pink trim made us look pretty smart. I don’ t know who their dj is over there but every year the music has everyone dancing ALL weekend long. What good medicine. No wonder Nanaimo folks are so happy!

Two of our teammates got their heads shaved for charity at the medal ceremony yesterday. They raised $3,400 for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation towards a breast cancer imaging machine (recipient of the weekend’s funds) and half for the ALS Society (Sheila, our Richmond crew manager, has ALS)….. awesome, emotional.

On Friday night after our dinner/party onsite, we all went down to the water with floating candles to the strains of a lone bagpiper. After some words and a beautiful song, we set the candles afloat to remember those who are no longer with us. Then on Sunday,after the breast cancer challenge race, the breast cancer teams and probably 2,000 spectators gathered around the lagoon for a beautiful pink flower ceremony. Attached is a short video of part of the candelight ceremony.

So now we continue working out all summer heading for Nationals in Victoria in late August.

Carol Short

 

Watch the video of the Friday night candlelight ceremony

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