Brighton Dragon Boat Club

Meet our volunteer coaches and steers.  They are an incredible group of people with diverse skills, award winning accomplishments and international and national experience.  They are very passionate about our sport and are dedicated to make our club the best it can be by providing teamwork, leadership and confidence.

We have compiled collective facts and accomplishments about our Club’s dragon boat coaches and steers.  What a group! 

Together they have:

Paddling/Coaching/Steering Experience:

  •          Over 140 years as members of the Brighton Dragon Boat Club
  •          Over 183 years of dragon boating experience
  •          Over 62 years of coaching experience
  •          Over 51 years of steering experience

Training and Accreditations

Certain of our coaches and steers have taken professional dragon boat training and have the following accreditations.  They include:

    • DBC certified level 1 coach
    • DBC certified level 2 coach
    • 10 years of Provincial Level coaching
    • 3 years of USA Olympic Coaching level for C-1, 1992 Olympic
    • ELCC certification
    • Certified level 2 baseball coach
    • Curling Club Coach level credentials
    • DBC steer certified
    • Safe Sport Training        

      Several of our coaches/steers have participated in external racing training with the Quinte Heat in Belleville, Pickering Dragon Boat Club, Tampa Dragon Boat boot camp in Florida, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and on the water training through Ontario Sea Kayak’s “Women On Water” training camps.

      Competition Experience

      This adventuresome group has competed in International World competitions (National and Club Crew) in  Toronto, Ontario - 2006, Penang, Malaysia - 2008, Macau, China – 2012, Ravenna, Italy – 2014, Kunming,  China2017,  Szeged, Hungary – 2018, Pattaya, Thailand – 2019, Sarasota, Florida, Australia and Berlin. 

      Other significant competitions:

      • Tampa International Dragon Boat Competition
      • Canadian National Championships (2011 to 2019) in Elk Lake, BC, Welland, Ont., Regina, Sask.    
      • Qualifying Provincial Championships in the Olympic Basin in Montreal, PQ and the Welland Canal in  Ontario.
      • Over the years competed and awarded medals in many local dragon boat festivals - Belleville, Cobourg, Peterborough, Christie Lake, Trenton, Brighton, Wellington, Kingston and Woodstock.

      This group has earned plentiful gold, silver and bronze medals… too many to count. 

      Other Sport Participations

      This water sport loving group also participates in other water boating experiences: 

      canoeing, kayaking, rowing, paddling an OC1, OC-2 or OC-6, motor boating, sailing, rowing a skiff  and paddle boarding            

      And they are engaged in other sport activities:

      camping, running Marathons, hiking, working out at the Brighton YMCA, water skiing, golfing, swimming, doing water aerobics, painting, sculpting or working in encaustic

      Volunteer Activities and Other

      Several of our paddlers, coaches and steers have given back to the Club by volunteering for Executive Board positions

      30 years in total.

      Other volunteer and community involvement include BARU, Belleville Relay for Life, Probus Presqu’ile, Brighton Garden Club, CARP, Chambers of Commerce, Census Enumeration, TD Friends of the Environment, Heart and Stroke, Canadian Cancer Society, HUGS etc….

      Aside from training our dragon boat paddlers, our coaches and steers also coach other groups like:

      •      Rep and house league baseball
      •      Outdoor and Environmental Education Opportunities for young people
      •      Cross Country Running, Relay Racing and Volleyball
      •      Teaching swimming and synchronized swimming
      •      Coaching water aerobics
      •       Minor hockey
      •       YMCA fitness
      •       Brighton and District Curling Clubs Learn To Curl Program

      What an impressive group!!!!!!!  We are so proud of our very accomplished Coaches and Steers.


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