Northern Spirit dragon boaters were on fire

Thousands of paddlers from as far away as Shanghai, Macau and the Czech Republic competed

Kitimat dragon boat team Northern Spirit recently participated in the Concorde Pacific 2017 Dragon Boat Festival, the largest festival outside of Hong Kong.

Thousands of paddlers from as far away as Shanghai, Macau and the Czech Republic competed in Vancouver.

The Northern Sprit team competed in the women’s division, with 40 boats entered, including paddlers from B.C., Alberta and Australia.

Saturday saw the team perform well in the qualifying round with a great race on the Sunday which saw the team place in the B Division final. The team ended up sixth, improving their semi final race time by nine seconds.

This year Northern Spirit was hosted by a team from the Abreast in a Boat Society, a group of dragon boats teams whose mission it is to provide hope to people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and for all those who support them. Great hospitality and friendship was enjoyed by all and much appreciated.

Northern Spirit is busy practicing for the next regatta in Kelowna from August 26 to 27.

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