About Us

We grow people. Through the sport of dragon boat racing, we help raise people to their highest potential.

You Can Be More

We teach our athletes how to reach their potential in sport and in life in the relentless pursuit of competitive greatness.

In sport, as in life, we all face challenges, often daunting ones. Verdun Dragon Boat Club trains its members to stand firm, not to avoid problems, but to triumph over them.

Competitive sport requires physical skill and systems of technical and mental training that prepare athletes for high-level performance. Verdun DBC members begin with physical conditioning as a primary athletic function for competition. Our members learn the paddling technique of champions, the gains from sports nutrition, the strength that comes form emotional balance. Our members master setting and achieving goals, attaining focus, winning with class and losing with grace, and what it means to be part of a team. They can become leaders in sport and in their own lives.

You Can Be More

We teach our athletes how to reach their potential in sport and in life in the relentless pursuit of competitive greatness.

In sport, as in life, we all face challenges, often daunting ones. Verdun Dragon Boat Club trains its members to stand firm, not to avoid problems, but to triumph over them.

Competitive sport requires physical skill and systems of technical and mental training that prepare athletes for high-level performance. Verdun DBC members begin with physical conditioning as a primary athletic function for competition. Our members learn the paddling technique of champions, the gains from sports nutrition, the strength that comes form emotional balance. Our members master setting and achieving goals, attaining focus, winning with class and losing with grace, and what it means to be part of a team. They can become leaders in sport and in their own lives.

Awards

Verdun Dragon Boat Club is proud of its consistent level of athletic achievement. Members of our club compete locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Our Core Values

Core values are the expectations and standards that coaches and athletes use to hold each other accountable and build a culture of excellence. We have six core values.

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Athlete-centred

We take an athlete-centred approach to sport, placing athlete development at the core of our coaching philosophy.

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Respect and Trust

We trust and respect our coaches and athletes at all times. We believe we should act in a manner deserving of their trust and respect, too.

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Family

Our team is our family. We are all interconnected, supported and together.

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Success

We continually strive for success, seeking to always achieve our goals, setting new ones as we progress.

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Personal Growth

We set an example to others by setting and achieving our goals. We lift others as we climb.

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Fun

We party as hard as we train.

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Management

Established in 2003, the Verdun Dragon Boat Club is a not-for-profit organization (NPO) registered in the Province of Quebec. It is governed by a board of directors and its day-to-day affairs are managed by an elected group of volunteer officers. The coaching staff is hired by the board of directors. Team captains, appointed by their respective coaches, are the managers’ link with the teams.

It takes a team of talented and dedicated people working effectively together to run a dragon boat club. Here’s our management team.

Officers and Directors

Rommel

Rommel vila

General Manager
Chair of the Board

Teamwork
Adrienne Hardy, Manager Competitions

Adrienne Hardy

Manager, Competitions
Director

Meghan Atherton

Manager, Member Services
Director

Blake Boudreau

Manager, Technology
 

Vacant

Treasurer
 

Sandra Favret

Secretary

Ryan Lee

Vice-chair of the Board

Andrew

Andrew MacGregor

Director

Victoria

Victoria Blais

Director

Team Captains

Emir

Emir
Moreno

Force

Marie-Claude

Marie-Claude
Brassard

Force

Suzie

Suzie
Ferland

Machine

Emir

Emir
Moreno

Brute Force

Angela
Lowson

Vie Force

Coaches

Ira E. Lax

Head Coach

Sheri

Sheri Cameron

Coach

Magda

Magda Morawski

Coach

FAQ

Have a question? We can help.

All you need is passion, commitment and believe in team spirit. No dragon boat experience is necessary.

Everyone 12 years old or more can participate. Our youngest participant ever was 12 years old and our oldest was 78 years.

We practice in two places, one across the street from the other, depending upon the season. During the racing season, from May to mid-September, we practice in dragon boats on the Lachine Canal (5727 St. Patrick Street). In the pre-season, from November to May, we train indoors in a special paddling pool (5524 St. Patrick Street). For directions or to see a map, visit Training.

Thanks to our ongoing fundraising efforts, participation in the Verdun Dragon Boat Club is generously subsidized. Nevertheless, members contribute towards the club’s general expenses. A typical six-month, November to May, pre-season costs either $210 (one practice/week) or $420 (two practices/week) — your choice. A typical five-month, May to mid-September, racing-season costs $350 (two practices/week).

Members cover their travel and accommodation expenses for out-of-town competitions. Equipment is provided for free.

We accept payment by e-transfer and by cheque.

For most of the summer racing-season, from May to mid-September, a t-shirt, quick-dry shorts and sandals are recommended. From November to May, during the pre-season, we suggest you wear a t-shirt, quick-dry shorts and sandals, paddling shoes or old sneakers.

Competitions give you the chance to travel with Verdun Dragon Boat Club. We compete regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally. The national championships are frequently held at Welland in southern Ontario. International competitions include world championships (usually in Asia, Europe or North America) and the Pan American championships (anywhere in the Americas).

As an extra benefit, we organize your travel and accommodations for you for all out-of-town competitions. For details, visit Competitions.

Training with us gives you the chance to be fit all year round. We practice in a dragon boat twice a week — Monday and Wednesday evenings — during the summer racing season, from May to mid-September. During the winter pre-season, from November to May, we practice in the evening twice a week indoor in a special paddling pool either Tuesday and either Thursday or Friday. Practices last an hour. Visit Training for details.

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Your first practice is free

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