Dragon Boat Teams

 

Braggin Dragons

Braggin Dragons

David Williams
Team Coach

Kristy Safarik and Kathie Oliver
Team Managers
alwaysbraggin@gmail.com

Team Type: Mixed Recreational
Season Length: Mid-March to mid-July and some summer paddling till late August.

Reason for Being

The Braggin Dragons are a mixed recreational team that came together in 2011. Several of the Braggins have paddled on other teams, and we have many members who are new to paddling. We meet twice a week to improve our fitness levels, develop our paddling skills, meet new people– and to have fun!
In 2011 we paddled in our first race together at the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, and we placed first in our division. We now race in several festivals each year and love being out on the Fraser River!

Team Recruitment

The Braggin Dragons, after determining which team members are returning from the previous year, are always looking to recruit new members. If you are able to regularly commit to paddling with us, we would love to have you join our team! We welcome new team members of all ages and ability levels. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the UBC Boathouse in Richmond.

Fraser Dragons

Fraser Dragons

Dari Fisher
Team Coach

Maggie Keatley
Team Manager
fraser.dragons@gmail.com

Team Type: Mixed Recreational
Season Length: End of March to mid September (some of the team also indulge in winter paddling – October to March)

Reason for Being

The Fraser Dragons dragon boat team was created in 2005 by a group of people who were interested in exercising and having fun with a water sport, choosing dragon boating because of its close ties to breast cancer survivorship. While some of the team knew each other, they were mostly strangers to one another who had been recruited by friends, relatives and work mates. Team members came and went over the next couple of years, and a cohesive close group emerged in 2007 that was committed to both the team and to Dragon Boating in general. That commitment is maintained today.

Team Mandate

We are a rec team.
We commit to paddling for fun, exercise, pride of sportsmanship, and for camaraderie.
We are supportive of one another in developing expertise and experience in the sport of Dragon Boating.
We are competitive, but only to the extent that the competition doesn’t interfere with the fun and the camaraderie.
We work toward improving our capabilities as a team, individually and collectively, to the best of our ability, thereby also improving our health and fitness levels.
We are role models and leaders to new members of the team.
We strive to be ambassadors to the sport of Dragon Boating both within the team as well as within the dragon boating community.

Team Recruitment

The Fraser Dragons, after determining who from the previous year’s team is returning, will recruit new members mainly by word of mouth.

 Richmond Food Bank Dragon Boat Team

Richmond Food Bank Dragon Boat Team

David Williams
Team Coach

Margaret Comyn
Team Manager

info@richmondfoodbank.org

Team Type: Mixed Recreational
Season Length: Mid-April to late August

Reason for Being

2015 Richmond Food Bank Volunteers team

The Richmond Food Bank Dragon Boat team was created in 2010 in response to Dragon Boat BC’s invitation to be its sponsored charity for the first Steveston Dragon Boat Festival.  RFB staff and volunteers were excited by the opportunity to try a new sport and have fun together on the river. All the initial members were associated with the Richmond Food Bank and new to dragon boating; most are seniors. Many of that group continue to paddle with us each year. We are delighted by the community recognition and support that has resulted from our volunteers’ participation in this sport.

We paddle to our best ability in our short season of weekly practices. We paddle for fun and exercise, to build skills and endurance, for camaraderie and team building, and for the pleasure of being on the river on summer evenings.

Practices are at the UBC Boathouse Thursdays from 7:00 till dusk from April till race day at the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival in August.

 

Recruiting

We welcome new team members of all ages and ability levels who will commit to paddling with us at our weekly practices and on race day. Priority will be given to volunteers at the Richmond Food Bank and partner agencies.

Anyone who is interested is invited to contact Alex at the Richmond Food Bank: info@richmondfoodbank.org

 

Twisted Dragons

Twisted Dragons

Fred Kohlberg
Team Manager / Coach
http://twisteddragons55.com
twisted.dragons55@gmail.com

Team Type: Recreational Mixed Seniors (55+)
Regular Season: March to September
Winter Season: October to February

Reason for Being

IMGP1721_2The Twisted Dragons, Richmond’s first and (so far) only senior dragon boat team came together in 2009, when Richmond hosted the BC Senior’s Games, with dragon boating being held at the UBC Boathouse. Since then one of the team’s goals is to compete annually in the 55+ BC Games. To get ready for the Games, we participate in races earlier in the season including some out of town venues. The Okanagan Super Sprints in Penticton is a team favorite, as is the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival which is held locally.

 

Fun / Fitness / Friendly Competition!

We are a recreational (as opposed to competitive) team, and we strive to have fun while we get a workout. Having said that, we, like any other team however, like to win, even if it isn’t our primary goal for dragon boating. We enjoy the camaraderie, the outdoors, and the ever changing river scenes, while working on our paddling technique and fitness levels.

 

Recruitment

While we have had a full team roster for the last few years, we will try to fit in new (55+) paddlers as team members leave the team. Our contact is twisted.dragons55@gmail.com, or check out our website at http://twisteddragons55.com. We welcome any queries from interested people.