This past weekend, Skaha Lake was filled with athletes competing in the first Interior dragon boat race of the season: the 12th annual Okanagan Super Sprints, and 4th annual 55+ Senior Sprints Challenge.

All teams raced three times along the 250-metre course with teams advancing to the finals based on their cumulative time. Friday’s racing included nine seniors’ teams from all over the Okanagan, Kamloops and the Lower Mainland. On Saturday, 18 crews (nearly 500 athletes) took to the waters to compete.!

It was a great showing by the local Penticton Golden Dragons women’s team, who took bronze in the combined ‘A’ event finals. Their mixed team also managed to scoop up silver in the Mixed ‘A’ finals.

Our local breast cancer Survivor team – Survivorship - competed against two tough crews from outside of Penticton on Friday, and won silver in the ‘A’ finals.

On Saturday, 22 In Sync - a local woman’s team - was excited to take second place in the Women’s ‘B’ finals, beating out Survivorship by a thin half-second margin.

As for mixed teams, Penticton’s very own Peach City Dragons scored bronze in the Mixed ‘A’ finals, with an overall race time of 1:03.45 minutes.

This year marked the first ever men’s only race division. Men from Penticton, Kelowna and Fort Langley duked it out in an aggressive battle to the finish. Congratulations to the Penticton men for taking second place.

The event continues to be a fundraiser for the local Penticton Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. This year the event was able to raise approximately $4,500, bringing the total funds raised to approximately $38,500.

We look forward to seeing some of these teams compete again at our grand September Festival.

For more information, or to learn more about how to get involved, contact: admin@pentictondragonboat.com.

For a detailed list of last weekend’s results visit www.PentictonDragonboat.com