Pennie Rees, left, and Cathie Harrison won two medals at the Dragon Boat World Championships last month. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Pennie Rees, left, and Cathie Harrison won two medals at the Dragon Boat World Championships last month. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Coupeville paddlers help Washington win 2 medals at worlds / Dragon boats

Coupeville’s Cathie Harrison and Pennie Rees helped the Seattle SAKE Paddling Club win two medals at the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, July 17-22.

SAKE’s world team included an all-star crew of paddlers from clubs in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Kent, Lake Washington, Lake Union and Oak Harbor.

The World Championships included 6,200 paddlers from 140 clubs from 28 different countries.

Harrison, 73, and Rees, 75, competed on the Washington Masters Team in the “C” (60-and-older) division.

Washington collected a silver medal by finishing second in the 500-meters in the small-boat (10 paddlers) classification.

The winner of the event was based upon combined times in three races.

Florida’s Southern Heat captured the gold medal, and Washington nipped Canada’s Great Lake Paddlers by .206 seconds for the silver.

During the three rounds, Washington placed second once and third twice.

Washington earned a silver medal in the 200 meters finals after winning its qualifying heat.

Southern Heat also won the 200, followed by Australia’s Burleigh Fire Dragons and Washington.

Harrison and Rees, along with Coupeville’s Roberta Piercy, competed in the last world championships in Australia in 2016 but did not medal.

Here are the silver and bronze medals the Washington Masters Team won at the world championships. (Submitted photo)

Here are the silver and bronze medals the Washington Masters Team won at the world championships. (Submitted photo)

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