Wim­mera River to host dragon boat re­gatta

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

More than 50 pad­dlers will take to the Wim­mera River on the first week­end of Novem­ber for the Hor­sham Dragon Boat Re­gatta. A come and try day is sched­uled for the Satur­day af­ter­noon and the rac­ing will start on the Sun­day. The event will fea­ture 10 teams, in­clud­ing in­ter­state en­tries and all the ac­tion will be at Hor­sham Row­ing Club in Barnes Boule­vard. Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil Co or­di­na­tor Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment and Tourism Chris Mc­clure said the Re­gatta would bring sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the re­gion. “With those sort of num­bers plus part­ners and fam­ily that is prob­a­bly 350 peo­ple we would ex­pect to be here,” Mr Mc­clure said. “In terms of an eco­nomic ben­e­fit, hav­ing 350 odd peo­ple stay for two nights in our car­a­van parks and mo­tels and then hav­ing meals and so­cial func­tions in the evening, it will be Tuite sub­stan­tial. “We want Hor­sham to be recog­nised as the event cap­i­tal in West­ern Vic­to­ria.” Dragon Boat Vic­to­ria Gen­eral Man­ager Chris Sch­leusener said it was very ex­cit­ing to re­turn to the Wim­mera. “I think it is very ex­cit­ing for our metro mem­bers to get out and ex­pe­ri­ence pad dling in the re­gions to sup­port our re­gional clubs like the ex­ist­ing Dim­boola club,” he said. Dim­boola War­reguk Dragon Boat Club 3res­i­dent Ann Falk­ing­ham hoped to see more mem­bers join. “Hope­fully they en­joy it and come and watch the com­pet­ing on the Sun­day and then join the Dim­boola War­reguk Dragon Boat club which will now be Hor­sham based,” she said. Dragon boat rac­ing has cul­tural ori­gins in an­cient China and has evolved into a high ly com­pet­i­tive sport right across the globe.

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