Blue Care’s ‘Blue Blazers’ clinched victory within a matter of seconds at the annual Dragon Boat Regatta at Southbank on Saturday (January 31). To mark the year of the ox, Blue Care joined other organisations throughout Brisbane to compete in the Chinese New Year tradition.
Blue Care Sandgate Community Care Service Manager Lyndell Turton said it was the team’s endurance and determination which sealed the victory. “It all came down to a few seconds and a few strokes of the paddle. It was a very close race and each staff member put in 110 percent,” Ms Turton said.
Ms Turton said 20 staff members from various Blue Care centres took part in the race.
“It was an exciting and competitive team building experience. Competing in the regatta fitted in with our staff wellness program and was a great way for staff to get fit and exercise together,” she said. “The best thing about the event was that it’s all in the name of fun and our staff members got a lot out of the experience.”
Dragon boating originated in China more than 2000 years ago and has become an international modern day sport. Each year Brisbane River Dragons and Southbank Corporation hold the event to help the wider community celebrate the cultural occasion.
As a not-for-profit organisation, Blue Care supports the elderly, people with a disability and others in need in the community to remain independent for as long as possible. Blue Care staff and volunteers provide care for more than 12,500 people every day through nursing, allied health, personal care, domestic assistance, respite, social support, pastoral and volunteer services.
Photo : Blue Care’s ‘Blue Blazers’ after their victory in the 2009 Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Regatta