Mississippi Power’s 23-person team of dedicated rowers surged its way past the competition to a top-five finish at the second Fire on the Lake Dragon Boat Festival held on Gulfport Lake hosted by the United Way of South Mississippi.
The Power Dragons, led by team captain Amanda Melville, co-captain Anthony Magnusen and team drummer Nicole Faulk, won the Surge Protectors Division, which was made up of teams from Mississippi Power, Coast Electric Power Association and Chevron.
It’s the second straight top-five finish for the Power Dragons, which was one of 22 teams of employees from several coast businesses.
“It was a fun day for a great cause and an exciting way to build team spirit around community service,” said Faulk, Customer Services Organization vice president. “Our team was competitive, but we also enjoyed the experience and helping raise money for United Way.”
Each team took part in two qualifying rounds. The 12 teams with the best times made it to the final round, where they competed in three more races of three boats each. Those with the best times took home top honors.
Before each race, Melville, who works as a Customer Service representative and used her physical education background to aid in her role as team captain, got the group ready with pre-race exercises and timely pep talks.
“We set up our squad to have speed in the front of the boat, power in the middle and speed in the back,” Melville said. “We had one official practice two days before the races and we also played sand volleyball several times this year to build team unity.
The company also served as a showcase sponsor of the event.
“Mississippi Power is one of our biggest supporters, not only for this event but for many others in the community, said Sam Hunt, United Way of South Mississippi marketing and communications director. “The company not only served as the showcase sponsor of Fire on the Lake, but the team showed up with a lot of energy and was dedicated to compete.”
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