|Who are we?
The Edmonton Dragon Boat Racing Club is a
newly formed non-profit sports and athletic club. The EDBRC is also the home of the
champion "River Rats" paddling teams. As the sport of dragon boating grows
exponentially in Canada, the EDBRC plans to address the need for leadership in the
Our Team Paddling Technique
is an emulation of the World Championship False Creek
paddling technique, developed in Vancouver by Vincent Lo. We are
cultivating a core coaching staff to instruct this powerful stroke technique.
Our Summer Plan for 2000
is to coach and lead three teams to enter
the race festivals in Calgary, Edmonton, and Kelowna. We will also assist about 15
novice Edmonton teams in basic technique and race strategy.
The EDBRC will also provide volunteer
services to the EDBFA (see below) as steersmen, coaches, and race logisticians.
Our 3-year Objective
Our Ongoing Mission
is to competitively race in the prestigious
Vancouver World Cup festival next June, and then San Francisco, Toronto and Hong
Kong over the next three years... providing we get the appropriate sponsorship.
is to promote and foster the general
development of the dragon boating sport in Northern Alberta, both as a serious athletic
venture, and as a fun recreational and social sport.
We plan to build a core base of
several dozen strong dragon boat paddlers who will enter three or four major race
festivals each summer. These paddlers will race under the name: EDBRC "River
Rats". Our all-female team will race under the name: EDBRC "Muskrats".
Our Place in the Edmonton Community
The River Rats are out to make dragon
boating a sport for everyone! We will assist other Edmonton area teams by offering
coaching, steering, clinics, and technique drills as an unpaid service for any groups who
want to get into the sport. The
club intends to do this through positive public relations, education, and
applied programs in beginner training, intermediate and advanced paddling technique
training, steering, drumming, fitness and confidence building.
We also plan on throwing really awesome
parties throughout the year.
Our Partner: the EDBFA
The EDBRC partners with another non-profit
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival Association. The EDBFA is
dedicated to hosting and organizing the annual August Dragon Boat Races here in Edmonton.
In exchange for the use of the EDBFA dragon
boats, the River Rats provide coaching, steering, and logistical manpower to the Festival.
As of this writing, the EDBRC has a
membership base of approximately 60 core paddlers, and a secondary base of about 20 new
paddlers. Membership is expected to reach 200 for 2001, and 300 for 2002.
Annual Club Dues
are $30 CDN, which includes your entry fee into the co-ed
divisions of the Edmonton Race Festival, and all practices (four times per week), plus any
informal steering and coaching clinics you attend.
Team Jerseys by Elite and MEC
are $35, and are supplied by Mountain Equipment
for Calgary and Kelowna are an additional
$30 per person.
for Kelowna: we are chartering a Red Arrow
bus from Edmonton to Kelowna, leaving 5am on Friday Sep 15, returning on Sunday night Sep
17th. The bus fare + hotel fee should be approximately $90 CDN.
for more information on joining the River
Rats,, call us at 427-6515 (ask for Dennis), or
email us at email@example.com
To reach a specific executive member,
please visit our Executive page on this