The Pasadena native was one of the happy campers who participated in the 2017 Humber Valley Regatta on Saturday at Brake’s Cove and she had a blast.
“It was an excellent opportunity to get people out, get them active, maybe get into the sport and get involved in your community,” Dillman said following the races.
Dillman embraces seeing different events organized for people on the west coast. She likes seeing different festivals organized or special events like the Tall Ships visit which opened to her eyes to how the community can rally around anything that is offered to them.
“It shows that the community can support it,” she said.
Meaghan Brown of the Barry Group was also encouraged by the way the organizers have focused on making it a family atmosphere with something for everybody.
She believes it does a community good to keep people active and engaged in what is going on around them and she would love to see more of it on the west coast.
“Bringing something here, establishing it and involving the community by getting people out to watch is great,” Brown said.
Keisha Brown put together a rowing crew this summer and made her regatta debut on Saturday. It proved to be a great day for her and the girls and she already has plans to be next year with a desire to be more competitive in her second time around.
“I thought it was going to be much smaller than it actually was so this was a great setup,” she said,” Brown said. “It was wonderful. The crowd was great and the food was great.”
Jeannie Snow of Nexxbar, a crew out of St. John’s that captured silver, was impressed that there was great food and music, but more importantly she liked how the organizers always kept the focus on the rowers and the competition at all times.
She thought it was refreshing, when she compared it to the atmosphere on race day at the Royal St. John’s Regatta.
“A lot of the regatta participation is for the concession stands and booze so it’s a different perspective. It’s nice to see it’s about the rowing,” she said.