|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
non-profit development of the dragon boating sport in 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:
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
free coaching, steering, clinics, and technique drills as an unpaid service for any groups who
want to get started into the sport.
The club employs positive public relations,
education, applied programs in beginner training, intermediate/advanced paddling 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
group: The 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.
Our club represents the
whole spectrum of humanity! The one common bond we all have is an outgoing
spirit, but outside of that, we come from all walks of life. As of this writing, the EDBRC has a
membership base of approximately 30 core paddlers, and a secondary base of
another 30 new
paddlers. Membership is expected to reach 200 for 2001, and 300 for 2002.
The EDBRC River Rats Club is run by several
volunteers, elected to their positions by the membership.
for more info about our executive members
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 Uniforms by Elite and MEC
are $35, and are supplied by Mountain Equipment Coop.
for Calgary and Kelowna are an additional
$30 per person.
for Kelowna: we are chartering a Red Arrow
bus from Edmonton to Kelowna, leaving early morning on Friday Sep 15, returning on Sunday
night Sep 17th. The bus fare + hotel fee should be approximately $150
How to Contact Us
1) Phone: 427-6515 (ask for
2) General email inquiries
go to: email@example.com
4) To reach a specific executive member,
please visit our Executive page on this