18 paddlers from lower Eyre Peninsula attended the Australian Masters Games on the 9th and 10th October to compete in the Dragon Boat regatta.
Participants came from Blue Water Raiders members at Tumby bay and Port Lincoln and from Dragons Abreast Port Lincoln.
The competition was held at the picturesque Pinky Flat Reserve on the River Torrens. Pinky Flat became a virtual village for the two days with tents and food vans.
Teams came from all states of Australia including Tasmania, ACT and WA with their team uniforms forming a kaleidoscope of colour. There were about 25 teams entered and in one event there were 22 teams entered.
The grand old trees in the area provided perfect protection from the heat over the competition.
The races started beneath the Morphett Street bridge and raced towards the new footbridge across the Torrens. Race were a noisy and colourful affair with the drummers keeping the stroke rate, the boats dressed in their dragon heads and tails and lots of noise.
Our team entered five events including the over 60 years of age category. While no medals were won, the team enjoyed the camaraderie of the regatta and renewing old friendships.
Blue Water Raiders are back on the water and welcome any new paddlers to come and have a go.