Saturday, September 29, 2007

Festival Day Arrives!!!

After 2 days of practice the festival day that we've been planning for so long had arrived!!! With only 18 paddlers in our boat sitting pretty (and pretty nervous), we paddled on our way to the team starting line with 10 supporters cheering and chasing after us along the shore. 500 meters looked so far away!! Hearing the blast of the horn the Dragonheart paddlers took off and never looked back, getting 1st place on their first race internationally!! Everyone was so excited and proud of each other especially being at their first International Festival.

Shortly afterwards they had another race and came in 2nd in their heat. Now they could take a break and get some lunch quickly returning to support their colleagues in a supporter race. Everyone was pumped and the adrenaline was running. Our supporter team came in 2nd also and everyone was excited about that.

After a few hours of walking around, trading buttons and whatever else we could find, shopping, having lunch, and catching some intense Australian rays, we raced in our final and 3rd race of the day. The winds had picked up, the water a bit choppy, and everyone a bit tired, we still managed to come in 3rd place. Everyone felt fulfilled and called it a day to go home and cool off in the pool, then have a homemade meal or go out for dinner. An amusement park evening was just not in the cards for the crew. It was a wonderful day and a great experience for all.



Anonymous said...


You guys ROCK! 1st Place, 1st Race - that must be why I woke up at about 2am last night?

Congrats to ALL. I feel so proud!


September 29, 2007 8:31 AM  
Linda said...

Woooooooo Hoooooooo! Can you hear us shouting all the way from East Montpelier!?

Sitting proud of our DH Heroes!

Team McSweeney

September 29, 2007 10:49 AM  
Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for keeping up this fantastic blog - I am SO proud of all of you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts. Livona, I was so touched by what you wrote.

Love to you all,


September 29, 2007 1:28 PM  
lynne balman said...


I SEE YOU FLYING HIGH ALL THE WAY FROM MIDDLEBURY... see the joy on your faces and feel the beating of your hearts! lynne balman

September 29, 2007 1:52 PM  
Karen F said...

Way to go DRAGONHEART VERMONT!! Awesome paddling and spirit. What an amazing experience you are sharing there together. Wonderful to see your pictures and follow along with your blog postings. Congrats on your big festival day!
Take care,

September 29, 2007 2:04 PM  
Anonymous said...

GO DRAGONHEART!!! Just wanted to let you ladies know that you are ALL in my thoughts. I hope you know that I am there in spirit, cheering you on!! You make us all so proud with your strength and beauty. Miss you all!!

September 29, 2007 5:08 PM  
Anonymous said...

I want you all to know that I shared a seat with one of you girls on the flight from Phila to LA and so enjoyed talking with her. I didn't get a name but I see her in the pics and I have been visiting your blog and watching your fun and your progress..........I have shared the breast CA fight with two dear friends and admire so all of your wishes for a safe trip home.........enjoy Fiji!!! ps My seat mate had two boys at home one of who plays football and I'm hoping he won both games for her while she was away!..I know she was sad to miss his games.........she's under the road sign pic in the middle.......pleasae give her my best..Janelle Swanson , Corning NY...........

September 29, 2007 8:42 PM  
Anonymous said...

"Vona bought WHAT?" hee hee hee hee.
GREAT blog you amazing women!! Livona we are cheering with you, sending strength and good vibes, and are SOOO glad you're there with such an awesome bunch of people... getting FIRST place!
I will have Broad Squad Racing race in sister solidarity for Dragonheartvermont in our upcoming final event of the year. GO YOUS!
With love, hugs and spirit,
Ann, Rob, James and Oliver xoxo

September 29, 2007 10:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

You Folks make me proud to Be a Vermonter.
First, Last and Always
Michael M

September 30, 2007 4:41 PM  

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