Thanks to Swindon’s newest Rotary Club, Swindon Phoenix, and sponsoring partners Feltham Construction, a brand new dragon boat racing event for charities and organisations takes place on Sunday 30 June at Coate Water.
The Swindon branch of Animals Asia will be launching a celebrity boat, which includes Downton Abbey actor and keen animal charity supporter Peter Egan (subject to work commitments).
Also in the crew will be North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and his wife Jo.
Expressing his support for the cause Justin said: “Thanks go to Roger Ogle at Link magazine for introducing us to Sarah and Dave Chilvers of the support group. Jo is a passionate supporter of wildlife causes and in Parliament I have hosted events on ending whaling and promoting the Friends of the Earth bee cause campaign. We’re very excited about taking part in the dragon boat day for Animals Asia and have started training.”
On the day each team of up to 20 will be supplied with a dragon boat and a drummer to beat the paddle rate. Each crew will take part in several heats over the 250 metre course ending in a final trophy race.
Enter a team via www.dragonboatswindon.org.uk
• Swindon Guide Dogs are also looking for paddlers. Contact chair Alan Fletcher on 01793 827589 to join their crew.