This Dragon Boat Race is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar in support of the Halton Children’s Aid Society and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton, just like the previous ones. Dragon Boat Races originated from Asian roots within China and Hong Kong. Since then the world has taken a liking for this sport on an international level and more than 62 countries actively take part in these races annually within their countries. It might surprise you that with so much participation, the Olympic Games have not yet accepted this as an Olympic sport because there needs to be 75 different countries actively participating in that specific sport in order for it to be a part of the Olympic Games.
However, last year’s Dragon Boat Racing event was a total success with many participants who had a blast racing in a dragon boat which was dressed in traditional dragon materials. I personally had so much fun participating and volunteering all day at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton, Ontario. We tried our best to be the winners but sometimes you just can’t get everything you want. But, we did get wet from the water and had a happy time trying not to hurt ourselves with the paddles. All in all it was a great event with some festive activities to take part in as well as a great place to be in such as our local conservation area.
This year is going to be so much fun because I am going to participate in the races again and I can’t wait till we start because I am so pumped for them. This will be my second time I am going and that means I am more experienced from last time and will be able to perform better than last time. This fun event is scheduled for Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Kelso Conservation Area, Milton. Halton will be entering teams representing their youth in care, volunteers, camp staff and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton. The Dragon Boat Festival is a fundraiser organized by the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar. It’s a fabulous event that generates lots of awareness in the local media about the Halton Children’s Aid Society and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton, as well as much needed funds for their programs. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for youth to participate in a community event and learn a great sport. To find out more about the Dragon Boat Festival, visit http://www.oakvilledragon.com/
Excited? Let’s Paddles Up, Dragons Away for a good cause!! Support the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton and the Halton Children’s Aid Society!!
Let’s get our lifejackets on, steady our boats and aim to go to the finish line because it’s going to take everything you’ve got to get there!! Happy Dragon Boat Racing!!