Dragon boating opened a whole new world for me when I began in 2013. It has included the joy of seeing baby loons, the rising mist, camaraderie, endorphins, laughter and physical exercise. Who knew it could get even better for me when Donna Enright began paddling in 2015.
I had no idea then that the paddling together, and getting to know each other at festivals would lead to a deep friendship and eventually a romantic relationship.
When we decided to get married, a couple of paddlers suggested that we consider arriving at the ceremony by dragon boat. The Club agreed and my friend since high school, Lois Deacon, agreed to coach and steer the crew. We are so very grateful to the Club, crew, fellow paddlers and the community for their support and sharing in our special wedding day.
We were feted with a champagne toast before our send-off on Susana Foo, who has never looked better with her refinishing, lots of fresh layers of varnish and sporting a beautiful dragon head and tail for the boat! What an honour! We were given a tremendous gift from the crew – a signed dragon boat paddle and a beautiful beginning to what we hope will be a long and happy married life together.
We appreciated the sunshine, the excitement, the enthusiasm of our paddling team as they ably paddled us to the town docks, after taking several passes past the band shell in Head Lake Park.
After the ceremony, we were delighted to make our transition into married life with a walk through a paddle arch formed by the crew.
The day was perfect for us with the foundation of a magical dragon boat limo ride, surrounded by friends and cheered on by those on shore.
Donna and I give our heart-felt thanks to the Club, crew, fellow paddlers, coaches, club organizers and leaders and to Lois for helping make this a fantastic launch to our married life together!