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MEDIA ADVISORY: Paddlers Battle Muscular Dystrophy this weekend at 4th Annual Okanagan Super Sprints & Pledge Drive. Penticton, BC
June 30, 2011
PENTICTON, BC. June 30, 2011... When local steers-person and much loved coach Brad Crittenden stepped down from steering in 2009, it had nothing to do with a schedule packed full of coaching for one team and steering for another. "I made the decision to stop steering because I felt that my disease had progressed to the point where I didn't have the strength to safely steer a dragon boat anymore", said Crittenden.

Brad needed funding to access the drugs he needed that were not covered under BC Medical Services Plan.  A Facebook page was set up, along with a letter-writing campaign to help Brad get the drugs he needed to slow the progress of the disease.  He did finally get the drugs, and happily is seeing significant improvement in his condition – enough that he is back on the water.

The local dragon boating community wanted to do something to help raise awareness, and funds. This year’s Sprints will continue to support Muscular Dystrophy.

The Okanagan Super Sprints & Pledge Drive continue to grow. Eighteen teams have registered to date.  The 250 m races take place on Skaha Lake Saturday, July 2 starting at 8:30 am and running until 2:30 pm. Community members are encouraged to come to the beach and take in some of the racing.  Penticton teams are always looking for new members.

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EVENT QUICK FACTS
  • Event: 3rd Annual Okanagan Super Sprints and Pledge Drive
  • Event Type: Dragon Boat sprint races and pledge drive for Muscular Dystrophy Canada
  • Date: Saturday, July 2, 2011
  • Events Hours: 8:30 to 3pm (end time approx)
  • Location: Skaha Lake Park, Penticton, BC
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    The Okanagan Super Sprints & Pledge Drive is produced by the Go Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada (GO); a non-profit Amateur Athletic Association, and Registered Charity, dedicated to developing rowing and paddling sports in Canada.

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