For the second year in a row, Dragon In The Drink paddled away with the gold medal—or in this case the coveted wooden paddle—as the top women’s team at the Kelowna Dragon Boat Club (KDBC) Festival.
The Kelowna team of 20 paddlers, one drummer and one steerer took top honours after two days of racing against eight other women’s teams on Okanagan Lake.
KDBC’s Dralion took second place in the women’s event, while FLCC-Fort Fury from Langley was third.
According to KDBC president and DITD member Deb Champion, Dragon In The Drink’s repeat performance was a complete team effort.
“The women on our team know how to balance fun and competitiveness,” said Champion. “They stick together as a group, they enjoy being out there, and really always try to perform to the best of their ability.”
DITD came away from Saturday’s competition with first place honours in the two 250-metre heats, and the first 500-metre heat to advance to Sunday’s semi-finals.
Sunday was another productive day for the local team as it took first place in the semis and also came out victorious in the finals.
To add to their award-winning weekend, Dragon In The Drink was also named the fastest women’s team in the 1000 metre challenge, beating a number of mixed teams along the way.
In the mixed event, Tip Em Back of Kelowna was the gold medalist for the second straight year.
Astral High Frequency of Kelowna was second, while the Lethbridge Leftovers were third in mixed.
In all, 18 teams from B.C. and Alberta competed in the sixth annual KDBC Festival.
In Kelowna, the local club continues to expand with 16 teams now part of the KDBC.
Champion expects those numbers to increase in the future.
“More corporations are getting involved, so that’s very positive. Schools are getting more junior programs going, so that helps, too. I’m it will grow more in the years to come.”
For full race results, check out the Kelowna Dragon Boat Club web site at kelownadragonboatclub.com.
The next event for Dragon In The Drink is the Vernon Festival Aug. 13 on Kalamalka Lake.