PUTRAJAYA Lake Club (KTP) organised its Merdeka Paddle Day 2020 last weekend, held in conjunction with the 63rd National Day.
The second edition of the event saw almost 150 participants testing their endurance and strength as they paddled 14km around Putrajaya Lake in the country’s administrative capital.
It was aimed at inviting Malaysians of all races, particularly KTP members, to appreciate the nation’s sovereignty and to practise a healthy lifestyle.
The event included a patriotic element whereby each participant had to collect the Jalur Gemilang placed at each featured water sports facility.
Present were Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) president and club chairman Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim, PjC senior management and KTP committee members.
The Merdeka Paddle Day 2020 route started at the club’s premises in Precinct 8, then moved on to other attractions around Putrajaya, such as the Seri Bestari, Seri Setia and Seri Gemilang bridges, as well as Putrajaya Marina, Millennium Monument and Putra Mosque, before returning to KTP.
In addition to the three water sport categories last year, namely kayak, longboat and stand-up paddle board, this year’s event included a rowing category.
The 149 participants this year was a marked increase compared to last year’s 65 participants.
They included associations and corporations such as Putrajaya Rowing Association, PPj Dragonboat Team, Pink Challenger Team, MRT Sports Club, Malaysia Airports Berhad Team and Black Dragon Team from the Putrajaya community.