Geelong RiverFest 2014 Give Where You Live

Last Saturday the Barwon Timber dragon boat team entered the 2014 Give Where You Live RiverFest.

RiverFest raises funds for Give Where You Live and these are then allocated by them to very worthy causes in the local community.   A number of staff at Barwon Timber and Bar-Truss make voluntary contributions to Give Where You Live.

Our team was a group of Barwon Timber and Bar-Truss staff, friends, family and builders.  Our first race was at 10:30am – we got off to bad start by missing the start call and then powered home to finish second.  We regrouped after a feed from Bill and agreed to a new start plan.  Our game plan payed off and we finished first in Race 2 qualifying us for the final.

An encouraging speech from Bill telling us all to “get into it and try a bit harder you lot” pepped us up for the final; but it was young Hannah D’Altera’s stirring speech right before we got into the dragon boat that got us into the zone.   Because, in Hannah’s words “nobody likes being a loser”.   The final was between GMHBA, the ATO and Barwon Timber.   It came down to the finish where the Barwon Timber team edged out GMHBA to win by one stroke.  The win came as a surprise to everyone – including us.

The Geelong Water Dragons volunteered a lot of their time to train our team and get us organised on race day.  We very much appreciate the time and enthusiasm they put into our team.  If you would like to try dragon boating, we recommend going down for a paddle with them on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm and/or Saturday mornings 8:15am – it is a lot of fun.  They meet at the Geelong Outriggers and Geelong Water Dragons compound on Marnock Road, Newtown (the first compound on the left past the chimney stack – near Balyang Sanctuary).

A big thankyou to everyone who came down to cheer us on and join in the activities organised by me and my co-captain Helen.  A big thankyou to Bill for keeping the team, our friends and family well fed during the day, Anita for facepainting the team and anyone else who came into our tent and Helen for organising the raffle and race day activities.  Here are a couple of photos from the day – more will be up on our Facebook page.


The dragon boat trophy is doing the rounds at Barwon Timber and is on display for customers to view.  Our team will be back next year for a chance to retain the title and the spectacular perpetual trophy!

Martin Navarro – co-captain

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