Brighton Dragon Boat Club
What is the difference between the Recreational and Competitive Programs?
The principal difference between the Recreational and Competitive program is that Competitive Program members can attend two additional weekly paddling sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings, coached by a certified coach. They also remain eligible to attend all Recreational Program paddling sessions offered throughout the season.
The Program aims to attract those members looking for a more rigorous workout and who are keen to learn the finer points of competitive racing. Members from our Competitive Program who wish to race against teams from other clubs will form our Heat Strokes team which will be racing in festivals to be held in Peterborough (June 8th), Trenton (July 20th) and Belleville (August 22nd) this year.
Another difference is the team-oriented atmosphere in the Competitive Program. Participants paddle not just for their own personal achievement but to improve the overall performance of the crew. No one, no matter how talented can win a dragon boat race by themselves. To win the performance of every paddler counts. Consequently members should aim to attend all sessions to reinforce the skills learned, enhance your stamina and synchronize your efforts with other paddlers, all of which are crucial for success in races.
Coach, Phil Spencer, with steers Barb Michno and Doug Harrison, will ensure participants learn skills, build stamina, and form strong connections. Their combined experience will help position the Club to be ready in competitive festivals. The season promises improved fitness and enduring connections among Competitive Program members.
What is the focus of the competitive coaching program?The Competitive Program focuses on competitive coaching to improve paddling skills, practice high-intensity sessions, and prepare for races. Those attending festivals represent the Competitive Program race team (the "Heat Strokes"). The goal is for Competitive Program members to gain confidence and actively participate in Club festivals.