Festival right as rain

THE annual Shellharbour Festival of Sport was a roaring success on the weekend, if a little damp .

Saturday's Dragon Boat Challenge attracted 25 teams, including 11 new ones, with Holy Spirit College taking two of the three titles.

Teams included dragon boat sport teams, corporate and community teams, and schools teams.

The results in the Schools Final were: first place, Holy Spirit College - Holy Roar; second place, Holy Spirit College - Holy Paddle; third place, St Mary's & Edmund Rice College.

Dragon Boat Teams: first place, Blue Inlet River Dragons; second place, Illawarra Dragon Boat Club; third place, Port Hacking Dragon Boat Club.

Community/Corporate major final: first place, Holy Spirit - Dragon Spirit (staff team); second place, Just Move Gym; third place, Shellharbour City Council.

"This was a fantastic result from all teams that participated and especially the students and staff at Holy Spirit for taking the title for both the School Final and Community Major Final at their inaugural attendance at the Dragon Boat Challenge," festival secretary Diane Johnston said.

"A big thanks to both the Illawarra Dragon Boat Club for their assistance, especially with training of the teams prior to the day, and Dragon Boats NSW for their management of the event on the day."

More than 420 eager walkers and runners turned out for the festival's Shell Cove Walk or Run for Fun on Sunday.

"The five-kilometre walk and run or nine-kilometre run was a little more challenging due to the wet course," Ms Johnston said.

"Before it all began Savvy Fitness provided a warm-up and the entertainment by Woody kept the crowd, including the kids, entertained.

"With the clock set and the starter gun at hand, everybody was keen to get going, with many of the serious runners taking their place up front, while the walkers and those with prams were happy to go at their own pace.

"After the event, when everyone had time to catch their breath, then the prize draw began, which saw everyone have a chance to win some fantastic prizes that were kindly donated by local businesses."

No-one went home empty handed, whether they finished first or at the rear of the field.

All entrants received a certificate, drink bottle and a piece of fruit.

"After a successful event and much-needed funds raised for the Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary, along with the NSW Cancer Council, you will see us all back to do it all again next year."

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