Joy Zwicker of Port McNeill

Dragon boaters take on world

Members of the Tri-Port Dragon Boat Society return from the World Dragon Boating Championships in Ravenna, Italy.

Gazette staff

Members of the Tri-Port Dragon Boat Society will return with lifelong memories — and a bit of hardware — after competing last week in the World Dragon Boating Championships in Ravenna, Italy.

Irene Paterson of Port Hardy and Joy Zwicker of Port McNeill earned silver medals in the 2,000-metre Senior C Women’s race and followed with a bronze-medal showing in the 200-metre sprint.

The pair were competing on one of four crews entered by the Victoria-based Gorging Dragons, competing under the umbrella of Vancouver Island Paddlers.

Three more North Islanders, Sandra Logan of Port McNeill and Adele Schoeman and Sherri Whitehead of Port Hardy, paddled with the Gorging Dragons’ Senior B Women’s crew, and managed a fourth-place showing in the 500-metre Grand Finale in a larger field of 13 competitors.

The event drew approximately 4,500 paddlers in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions, representing an estimated 130 clubs from 30 countries.

The Gorging Dragon crews qualified for the world championship by placing in last year’s Canadian Nationals in Victoria.

 

 

 

Sproat Lake regatta

Closer to home, two teams from the Tri-Port Dragon Boat Society competed last weekend in the annual Sproat Lake Regatta in Port Alberni and came away with hardware.

The Tri-Port Warriors claimed silver in the Ladies’ Gold division, while Namaxsala snared bronze in the Mixed Gold division.

 

Just Posted

Federal election: Meet the North Island candidates

We begin this series on the federal election by asking about their motivation for running.

Port McNeill Lions Club on the verge of shutting down, needs members

Stewart and Hinton hope volunteers will step forward to help them through this difficult time.

Bradshaw’s Photo Highlight: Sunset at Rupert Arm

The photo in this week’s highlight is from an amazing sunset at Rupert Arm.

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

Port McNeill awarded ‘Level Three’ recognition by the Green Communities Committee

The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Nanaimo company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

‘A real shame’: B.C. MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson said the industry is in bad shape across the province

VIDEO: Seniors at B.C. assisted living facility shocked by Oct. 1 eviction notice

Building owners terminate lease for McGuire Lake Congregate Living in Salmon Arm

Most Read