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Paddler’s in the Community

Paddler’s Volunteering at Operation Trackshoes

What do Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Paddler’s do when they’re not practicing or racing?

This weekend we spotted two of our local teams, the Gorge US Gals and the Snogard Dragons volunteering their time at Operation Trackshoes.  Since it’s inception in 1971, Operation Trackshoes has focused on providing a track, field, and swim meet for British Columbians who have a developmental disability, tailoring events and activities for people of all ages and levels of ability to create a safe, integrated sports festival for all 600+ competitors and 600+ volunteers.

As one member of the Gorge US Gals team was involved in the early stages of Operation Track Shoes, many members of the team featured above have been volunteering for numerous years running the Soccer Kick event throughout the weekend

Following suit, a few years ago the Snogard Dragons became involved in Operation Track Shoes, taking over the Horseshoes event.

The family dynamic of dragon boat teams extends beyond practices and races for many of our local teams and fuels their involvement in community events such as Operation Trackshoes. This truly exemplifies our Festival’s vision of “Bringing Communities Together Through Dragon Boating”.