Edmonton lights up Vancouver
One of our favourites, the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival held in Vancouver, BC, took place over the weekend of June 25-26.
Our paddlers packed their things and headed West, to experience the scenic mountains and ocean of British Columbia — but mostly to race in one of, if not the biggest dragon boat festivals in North America.
The EDBRC crews had a great weekend at the Festival — we were able to showcase just how competitive our Club’s teams are, among over 80 other teams from across Canada and the world.
Racing began on Saturday morning, and the Edmonton dragon boat community was represented by EDBRC Premier, EDBRC Tsunami (seniors), and Breast Friends Edmonton.
Joining us also were paddlers from Calgary’s dragon boat community, in a display of Albertan solidarity.
Edmonton has always had strong showings in Vancouver, but this year was a whole other story. In an unprecedented turnout, both our Premier and Tsunami crews raced in the top division, finishing 6th and 8th overall in a pool of incredibly strong teams.
Our open boat teamed up with Dragon Zone Firetruck for the Open Division. The collaboration was short but sweet, placing 2nd in the Open Division.
Our Tsunami women’s boat had a strong showing in the Women’s Division final, placing 4th overall.
Our Breast Friends team placed 5th in the inaugural Paddlers Abreast Canada Breast Cancer Survivor division, and participated in the flower ceremony honouring those with diagnoses who we’ve lost before.
All in all, the weekend solidified just how competitive Edmonton’s paddling community can be, and we’re excited for the next one, where we’ll come back even stronger and better than before.
6th in the Concord Pacific Premier Mixed Competitive Grand Final
8th in the Concord Pacific Premier Mixed Competitive Grand Final
Open Boat (Premier, Tsunami, Firetruck):
🥈 2nd in the Global BC Premier Open Grand Final
EDBRC Tsunami Women’s Boat:
4th in the Peak Technologies Premier Women Grand Final
Breast Friends Edmonton:
5th in the Paddlers Abreast Canada Breast Cancer Survivor A Final
Guts and Glory 2K Crew: 9th overall