February 17, 2017
Barrier Free Canada Cup Race to kick off 2017 festival
Last year, the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival began with an exciting race between breast and prostate cancer survivor dragon boat teams. The Friday afternoon Breasts / Butts in a Boat Race was a great start to the 2016 festival.
CPVDBF organizers plan to host the race again this year, highlighting disabled paddlers and teams with a Barrier Free Canada Cup Race. The event is currently being considered for funding as part of the Barrier Buster Awareness Event, which recognizes accessibility infrastructure improvements, and is supported by the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Canadian federal government.
The Barrier Free Canada Cup Race will be competitive, possibly combining 200m and 500m races or one 2,000m race with the best overall time winning the Cup. This event helps raise awareness of ability and the need for removing barriers so all Canadians can participate equally.
Please email David Brun, Para Dragon Boat Paddling Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback on how the races could be structured or if you would like to volunteer to help organize this fun, competitive event.
Eye of the Dragon team wins the Gold Medal in the 2,000m Adaptive (Para Dragon) Partially Sighted Racing Division at the 2014 IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy. Teams raced with a minimum 10 partially sighted paddlers and a maximum of 10 sighted paddlers; the steersperson and drummer are sighted. Dragon Boat BC’s David Brun is next to Parker, his guide dog.