What?! You still paddle in the winter?

Indoor training at Canal Fitness: Verdun Dragon Boat Club

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?

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Quebec Cup Recap PART 3: Camaraderie, Competition and Community: Caravela at the Quebec Cup!

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.

Quebec Cup Recap PART 2: Grit, Guts, and Glory! : Verdun Women make Dragon Boat History

(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

Quebec Cup Recap, PART 1: Verdun Makes an Impact at the Quebec Cup!

Quebec Cup: Here we Come! Verdun wrapped up an impressive dragon boat season with the Quebec Cup, the final competition in the Triple Crown Circuit at the Olympic Basin, in an intense race weekend! (The other two races are the H²0 Open in May and Montreal Challenge in July). (Photo Credit: Marian Pinsky) Taking place … Continue reading Quebec Cup Recap, PART 1: Verdun Makes an Impact at the Quebec Cup!

Paddling by the Light of the Moon – and Fluorescent Wrist Bands ;)

There is truly nothing quite like paddling at night. When everyone else is (sanely) warm and inside, we valiantly stay on the water and are usually the only brave boats out, paddling by the light of gorgeous sunsets - and then the moon. It is truly a spectacular sight, so serene and still, the water … Continue reading Paddling by the Light of the Moon – and Fluorescent Wrist Bands 😉

Verdun Rocks on at Rawdon!

“Paddles to the Left, Paddles to the Right!” This past weekend, the dragon boat deities smiled down upon Verdun’s Impact, Force, and women’s teams as we competed at the 22D Dragon boat festival in gorgeous wild Rawdon! Legendary for the beach are their unorthodox race lengths, featuring a deceptively difficult small bend at the finish … Continue reading Verdun Rocks on at Rawdon!

Verdun Gives Back: Painting Trinity United Church

Athletes by day, painters… on the weekend? Ever wonder what Verdun Impact and Force dragon boaters do in their spare time? Some provide physio to clients, others show houses (or even coordinate Comicons!), while still others paint century-old churches! Verdun’s fierce dragon boat club is known for three things: Competitiveness, Camaraderie, and Community. The commitment … Continue reading Verdun Gives Back: Painting Trinity United Church