Dragon Boat Festival – EDC/BDC Power Paddlers

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of participating in my very first Dragon Boat festival and be on the EDC/BDC team.

This festival has long been on my bucket list, but without a corporate sponsor, well, it’s quite expensive to get a Team going.

Our races were 500m in length.

In our first race on Saturday we had a time of 2:37.03 –not bad for the first time in the boat together! It got us a 3rd out of 8 boats. (Interesting to note that in that race there was a collision between two other boats)

In our second race of the day (the financial services challenge cup) we had a time of 2:32 – which put us in 3rd place overall. It is important to note our improvement and I would like to mention the other banks that followed in our wake (RBC Warriors, Scotiabank Spitfires, and Desjardins). The only two teams that bested us on the water were MD and RBC Ignition. With a little training I am sure we can take them next year!

Our team raised $437 which will go to 7 charities including: ​ Youth Services, CHEO Foundation, Bruyère Foundation, ArtsSmarts, Ottawa Humane Society, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Debra Dynes Family House.

I had an absolute blast and have been asked to join next year’s team 🙂

I even ran into Kevin who was on the Hummingbird Medi Spa team; small world!

Power Paddlers - 2nd Race

Power Paddlers – 2nd Race

EDC/BDC Power Paddler Team 2013

EDC/BDC Power Paddler Team 2013

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