Seventeen teams took to Victoria Park Lake for the Shepparton Dragon Boat Regatta.ESTELLE GRIEPINK March 31, 2014 4:08am
A smattering of early morning rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who took part in the Shepparton Dragon Boat Regatta at Victoria Park Lake yesterday.
About 500 people from 17 local teams and seven visiting teams participated in the regatta.
The day-long event paid homage to dragon boating’s ancient Chinese heritage, with Chinese lion dancing entertaining spectators and race-goers at lunchtime.
Shepparton Canoe Club and Echuca Inland Outrigger’s team The Dark Side took out first place with Goulburn Valley Water’s Water Dragons coming second.
Shepparton Sailability and Graham Hill Eyecare’s Spinnakers finished third and Notre Dame College’s The Dames rounded out the top four.
Community Fund chief executive Lisa McKenzie said the day was a fabulous social event.
The Community Fund Goulburn Valley joined with Dragon Boats Victoria to hold the regatta.
‘‘It’s a great use of the lake and people of all abilities, shapes and sizes can participate,’’ Ms McKenzie said.
‘‘There are lots of reasons why it’s good for the community.’’
Ms McKenzie said she was pleased the event raised $13
‘‘All of that money stays local and goes to local charities,’’ she said.
‘‘They’re often little charities that haven’t got other obvious sources of funding, so it really sustains the community.’’
The fire in the Creightons Creek region, south of Euroa, is continuing to burn today and the CFA is warning residents to be cautious of falling trees.
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Multiple fires on the Northern Hwy, Echuca are now being listed as under control by CFA. However, traffic diversions remain between Echuca and Rochester.
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