August 25th - A hot, beautiful day in Mooney’s Bay, Ottawa. Our premier mixed team, Verdun Force arrived en masse in the early morning to take part in the RCC festival hosted by the Rideau Canoe Club. We were joined by our friendly rivals RBC Comets under the coaching of Ira’s brother, Jode. As this … Continue reading Verdun at the Rideau Canoe Club dragon boat festival
Photo credit: Beatriz Mora Verdun recently competed in the Rawdon Festival, a welcome break from the more intense competitions in the Triple Crown trifecta (H20, Montreal Challenge, Quebec Cup). Set in the Lanaudière region in southwestern Quebec, the competition featured three races (400m, a 200m sprint, and a 400m finale), set against the gorgeous backdrop … Continue reading Ra Ra, Rawdon!
We are proud to announce that Verdun is expanding! With many of last year’s Impact paddlers joining the Force sports team, there has been active recruitment for Impact, the Men’s, and the Women’s teams. Bringing together a crop of new athletes, some with paddling experience, others brand new to water sports, we were curious to … Continue reading Meet our Paddlers! Verdun Vignettes
Photo: Mission Dragon Boat A sunny day greeted paddlers as we headed to the Olympic Basin for the Montreal Dragon Boat Challenge (July 6-7) - a welcome change from the previous year of torrential rains and thunderstorms! Verdun geared up its four competitive teams – V- Force (formerly Verdun Women), Brute Force (the men’s team), … Continue reading Gold, Silver, Bronze! Verdun Cleans Up at the Montreal Challenge
Paddling season has started back in full force (pun intended ;)) with the Verdun Dragon Boat Club’s four competitive teams gearing up for the first trifecta of the Triple Crown; the H²0 Open! As weather forecasts fluctuated between inclement weather, rain showers and sporadic clear skies, we all crossed our fingers that the dragon boat … Continue reading H²0 Open: Back on the Water!
What do you get if you put together yoga mats, plastic fencing, election posters, old CDs, and, oh, two golf carts? Why, a dragon boat, of course! The Verdun Dragon Boat Club won the hearts, admiration, and quite possibly, People’s Choice Awards (still to be confirmed), at Montreal’s annual St Patrick’s Day Parade, with an elaborate and … Continue reading Verdun goes Blue…and Green! Adventures at Montreal’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day Parade
With spring almost here, it gives us a perfect opportunity to reflect on the winter and how to stay motivated.
Just imagine. It’s -30 degrees Celsius. You’re strapping on your boots, zipping up your parka, grabbing your paddle, and getting ready to face winter head-on… the canal? One of the many misconceptions of dragon boating; especially in Canada is that once the outdoor training facilities closed up for the season we stop paddling. Though that … Continue reading What?! You still paddle in the winter?
Caravela, composed of blind and partially sighted paddlers (BPS), has been training as a team since the beginning of the season, and have officially been integrated into the Verdun Dragon Boat Club.
(Click here for PART 1 of the Recap of the Quebec Cup) But it was the exciting Women’s 2k in the Sports division that really stopped everyone in their tracks at the Quebec Cup! Described by some as “roller derby on water,” “bumper cars,” “a multi boat tangle," and “that Pacman race,” Verdun Women’s newly … Continue reading Quebec Cup Recap PART 2: Grit, Guts, and Glory! : Verdun Women make Dragon Boat History