GALLERY: Supermarket’s oar-inspiring dragon boat effort a crowd pleaser

A HOTLY-CONTESTED final that had colleagues rowing against each other proved a crowd pleaser at Sunday’s Banjo Paterson Dragon Boat Competition at Lake Canobolas.

IGA supermarket staff from the Peisley Street store beat, by one second, the IGA team from the Summer Street store, just a head of the GWS Personnel team.

Taste Orange executive officer Rhonda Sear said the dragon boat teams weren’t the only winners on the day, with $6500 donated to three charities nominated by the winning teams, Riding for the Disabled, the St Vincent de Paul’s Vinnies van and cafe and NSW Drought Assistance.

Ms Sear said around 1000 competitors, including nine dragon boat teams, volunteers and spectators enjoyed the day’s competition.

As part of the registration agreement, teams were required to put in some training sessions in the lead-up to the race day, ensuring a high standard of competition.

“The atmosphere was fabulous, and the weather was absolutely perfect,” she said,

“It was so much fun and the final really was hotly contested but the winners were well deserved.”

Ms Sear said Taste Orange plans to stage the event again next year.

“I hope we get a lot more people out to the lake to watch next time,” she said.

Sunday’s event was to have been held on February 15, however it had to be postponed when water levels were deemed to be too low.

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