19 Jun Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
On June 18 and 19, 2016, daWave, our resident beginner team headed to the Toronto Islands for the annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (TIDBRF). Despite early wake up times, the daWavers maintained smiling faces and enthusiastic spirits over the course of the two-day event. Friends and family, as well as paddlers from the other PA teams came out to support. All paddlers put forth their best effort which resulted in a very tight competition, finishing within milliseconds of qualifying for medals (4th in Premier Mixed Final N).
Although they weren’t able to bring home any hardware, they managed to keep the PA spirit alive via belting out the daWave cheer loud and proud (“daWave’s got back!”), engaging in traditional pyramid building, and enjoying delicious food. Particularly for the first-time paddlers, this was an opportunity to experience a multi-day regatta with friends and family members being able to support and learn more about the sport of dragon boat. Great job, daWave! Alas, the season is not over yet, of which TIDBRF has set a high bar for our next multi-day regatta in Montreal in July. Can’t wait!
daCatch & daWave @ International Dragon Boat Montreal Challenge & Cultural Festival on July 9-10
daBoat @ Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival on Jun 25-26