The Haliburton Highland Paddlers placed second in the D division at the Port Perry Dragon Boat Festival on June 18 in their first competition of the season.
Coach Scotty Boyd who also paddled for the team in the tournament said Haliburton’s result was “fantastic for a recreational club.”
“They performed brilliantly. They put their heart and soul into it” he said.
The boat of 20 paddlers competed in the 250-metre race finishing with a time of one minute 38 seconds. There was a total of 38 teams in the festival on Sturgeon Lake with four teams competing in the D division final.
Boyd believes the Haliburton paddlers were the oldest boat in the competition with an average age in the mid 60s.
There were four new paddlers on the Haliburton team competing in their first competitive race. “Considering that we did exceptionally well” Boyd added.
This was the first of two festivals that the recreational club will compete in this year with the next coming late August in Barrie.
“I think no matter who you talked to on the team they were quite happy and excited for the next festival” Boyd said.