Race Program-Competitive Program
We have rebranded our Race Program to Competitive Program. The principal difference between the Recreational and Competitive Programs is that members of the Competitive Program will be able to participate in two additional weekly paddling sessions held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings under the coordination of a certified coach. We hope by doing this we expand membership to those seeking to obtain a more rigorous workout than might be experienced in our Recreational Program. By providing more competitive oriented coaching, participants can enhance their paddling skills, practice more up-tempo sessions and get a taste of race preparations. Those members of the Competitive Program who choose to attend festivals will make up the representatives of our race team at such festivals. In other words, the race team will be a subset of the Competitive Program. The hope is that as more and more members of the Competitive Program gain confidence in their abilities they will be more inclined to represent the Club and participate in festivals.
The Competitive Program will be led by myself, Tricia Boehme, and expertly steered by Phil Spencer. We certainly thank Phil for coaching us through our 2021 season and for keeping people interested and engaged during our lengthy period of lock-down.
For those who don’t know me very well, I have been paddling and coaching since our boats first made their splash in 2007. In 2010 I began furthering my paddling experience/career racing at Club Crew World Championships in Macau 2010, Hong Kong 2012, Italy 2014 and Hungary 2018. Racing with the Pickering Dragon Boat Club has helped shape my coaching skills and along with our fabulous past race crews, we had tremendous success and fun. I look forward to being a part of our re-build this season and I hope many returning and new paddlers join in.
If any one has any questions, please reply directly to this email.