New Ottawa dragon boat team surprises everyone

New Ottawa dragon boat team surprises everyone with a 4th place finish at the National Championships earning a berth in the World championships in Australia in 2016. The Ottawa Dragon Masters, who train out of the Rideau Canoe Club, sprung onto the national scene for the first time this year. Going into the Nationals as the clear underdog, the team took 4th place in the 200 and 500 meter races, beating rivals Montreal’s 22Dragons and H20.

The crew is comprised equally of men and women aged 50 years and over, with the average age almost 61. The Canadian Dragon Boat National Club Crew Championships were held in Welland, Ontario on June 26-28. Crews in each class represent local clubs who have qualified through regional events and won an entry at the Race Off at the Canadian Championships.

After only a few months of on water practice combined with indoor pool paddling and fitness training, the team believed they had what it takes to qualify for the Worlds. As one rival team captain put it, “you guys are amazing considering all the other crews have been together for 10 years or more.”

“It’s amazing what we have accomplished in one year,” said team captain Steven Hick. “Thanks to the enthusiasm of all our paddlers, who have worked hard to become world-class well-rounded athletes. Our coach, Gary Quartermain brought his years of experience in both paddling and coaching at the international level to our team.”

For more information or an interview contact team captain Steven Hick at steven.hick@carleton.ca

Full results can be found at http://welland2015.22dragons-results.com