Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Eurostars paddle in Dragons Abreast regatta in Canberra

17/10/2017 - 05:25
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European Union and Member State representatives have joined hundreds of Canberrans in the annual Dragons Abreast Regatta on Lake Burley Griffin.

Eurostars celebrate winning the Division B final at the Dragons Abreast Regatta in 2018.

European Union officials and representatives from 14 Member States delegations have teamed up to form the Eurostars crew to compete at the Dragons Abreast Regatta held on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra on Saturday, 14 October.

The community event raises awareness about breast cancer and featured 18 crews and hundreds of competitors.

For the second year in a row, the Eurostars dominated the Division B final to cross the line first (just!).

The Eurostars crew was beefed up this year by the inclusion of six heads of European missions, the highest number of ambassadors and high commissioners to ever paddle for the EU crew in the regatta that raises awareness of breast cancer.

The Eurostars crew included the new EU Ambassador to Australia, Michael Pulch.

"The Eurostars victory was an example of the European Union operating at its best," Ambassador Pulch said.

"This win came after EU officials teamed up with Member State representatives – including Heads of Missions from Greece, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Austria and Hungary - to face up to a challenge, overcome adversity and enjoy success!".  

The Eurostars also won the Division B final last year while in 2015 the crew finished second in Division B after an on-water collision with another crew.

There were murmurings among the Eurostars crew to begin training in January to make a tilt at the Division A final in 2018!

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