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 24th) 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.

First place in finish. Coach Tricia and Steer Mike accept the hardware.
Great practice on the water with Coach Miles.
A successful festival, one of many!
Team Captain Mark takes us through a pre-paddle warm up
Great opportunity at festivals to socialize and build friendships
Trenton Festival winners 2 years running. Coach Tricia collects medals.
We have fun while waiting to race
Perfect day on the water for a practice. Steer Mike guides us around the Bay.
Coach Miles gives one on one instruction to help us improve.
After a stop on shore for a beverage we climb back aboard. This was our final paddle of the season.
2017 Trenton Festival.
2017, practicing in the canal
2018, final paddle of the season
2017, year end celebration
2019, under Mile's leadership we won at the Peterborough Festival.
The early years. Fun at Christie Lake. Notice anything odd about this picture?
Many faces are still members of the club in 2019. Early cold September morning at Christie Lake
The club looks after members. Mary R celebrated a special birthday at Christie Lake. We all enjoyed the cake!
Loaded and ready at Christie Lake. Mike H and Tricia B lead the way.
The original HeatStrokes and shirts. The Christie Lake festival was all about silly races. Backwards padling, figure 8 course and capture the flags were a few we participated in.
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