So often it's the events outside official meetings that are key to cementing relationships. It was certainly the case when a delegation from the City of Fremantle, led by Mayor Brad Pettit visited Fremantle's city-city Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia. The Mayor of Padang challenged his visitors to a 'sampan selaju' (fast canoe) race.
The race was won, perhaps predictably, by the home team, but marked by generous cheering by the crowd and magnanimous applause from the Fremantle team congratulating their hosts, as reported in the local press .
Apart from Mayor Pettit in the red boat you may also recognise Ibu Karen Bailey who joined the delegation representing Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth.