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All Access Dragon Boat Race

May 2018 - BCBSRA has been invited to have a dragon boat team in the All Access Cup Race being hosted by Dragon Zone and Concord Pacific. It is an opportunity for BC Blind Sports to raise funds for our programs. Our Team name is, Blind Sided, and it is a mix of members from each of our five teams across BC. Come out and cheer for our team and pledge support at dragonboatgala.com . More...

Support BC Blind Sports

Make a Pledge through the Concord Pacific International Dragon Boat Festival

2017 - BC Blind Sports is participating in the first annual Barrier Free Canada Cup to kick-off the Concord Pacific International Dragon Boat Festival on June 23.
The Barrier Free Cup will feature three exciting 100 meter sprint dragon boat races. This is an unique opportunity to promote public awareness of BC Blind Sports at a major sports event with broad media coverage. Please join us in supporting BC Blind Sports by pledging and cheering our team named Blind Sided. You can pledge our Blind Sided team at: https://dragonboatgala.com/lite-ui/#pledges/show/2
The team which raises the most pledges will receive a matching donation from Concord Pacific. This is a great way to support the BC Blind Sports' dragon boat program.

Come join us cheer on Blind Sided in the Barrier Free Canada Cup at the east end of False Creek at Dragon Zone by the Creekside Community Centre on June 23 at 6:30pm, and please donate! More...

The Barrier Free Cup (BFC)

2017 - Hello dragon boat team managers, BC Blind Sports will have a team in the Barrier Free Cup (BFC) on Friday June 23 as part of the Concord Pacific Vancouver International Dragon Boat Festival. Please share the information below with team members, and encourage your team members to participate by joining the BC Blind Sports BFC team, donating, or raising funds for our team (BC Blind Sports dragon boat program). More...



2013 Victoria Dragon Boat Team "Outta Sight'

This year BC Blind Sports is putting together a new Dragon Boat Team "Outta Sight', in Victoria.
We currently have two co-managers, Caroline and Terry, and a roster of about 14 paddlers on the team including 6 visually impaired paddlers.
If you or someone you know is interested in being on the team please let me know at susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca.

NEW Dates for the program:
Saturday, June 8th - Team Meeting/Volunteer Training 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday, June 19th - Team orientation 5:30 to 6:30
Wednesdays and Fridays from June 26th to August 14th - Team Practices from 5:30 to 7:00
Saturday, August 10th - Gorge Regatta
August 16th - 18th - Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Fees for team members include membership to BC Blind Sports and a team t-shirt.
• Sighted volunteer paddlers pay $70.00
• Blind/VI paddlers pay $80.00
These fees are due at the team meeting on May 11th.

Vision Impossible (VI) - 2012

Vision Impossible (VI) is returning for a second season of Dragon Boating! VI is a novice dragon boat team with a 50/50 split of sighted and visually impaired paddlers. The team is once again participating in Rio Tinto Alcan and are looking for members to join. If you are looking to try a new sport and meet new people this is the place to be. We will begin practicing March 24th and will have 8-9 practices before we race at the Rio Tinto Alcan festival June 16/17 2012.
We practice Saturdays from 11am-12:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre. If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact Pamela Radcliffe at pamelaradcliffe@yahoo.ca or 604-762-6553.



Eye of the Dragon is hosting a free clinic on Sunday 25th September 2011, 12.30 - 2.30pm at the Creekside Community Centre 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of dragon boating. There will be land based introductions to the technique and on water practice and racing. Followed by light refreshments.

If you are interested in attending please contact Adele Piroshco at adelejury@hotmail.com or 604 839 6956. Numbers are required prior to the event so sufficient boats and volunteers are available. For more details, click here.

The 2011 Eye of the Dragon season will start in February. Please contact the team manager for further information on the Eye of the Dragon team at: Adele Piroshco adelejury@hotmail.com, or contact the office.

Vision Impossible (VI)

Vision Impossible (VI) is a new novice dragonboat team with a 50/50 split of sighted and visually impaired paddlers. We had our first practice in mid-April and have a total of 7 practice sessions before we race at the Rio Tinto Dragonboat Festival on July 11-12, 2011.

We have had a full turnout every practice and delighted to have 10 visually impaired paddlers on the team this year. Though our season is short, it has been a great opportunity for everyone to learn how to dragonboat, get some exercise, meet new people and to have a lot of fun.

Vision Impossible dragon boat crew
Vision Impossible dragon boat crew
Vision Impossible dragon boat crew
Lost paddle (we got it back!)


Dragon Boat Results - Deep Cove Charity Race

April 16, 2011 - It was a great day although absolutely freezing. Deep Cove is a great introduction to the race season as the races are only a 200m event. Awesome sprint racing. There were some great teams present and I'm personally proud of the teams efforts.

Eye of the Dragon had a great day with some great results to show for the fun we had. In all there were 40 teams competing on the day, 23 of them mixed teams. Eye of the Dragon placed 8th out of the 23 mixed teams. Download a pdf of the Eye of the Dragon race results, click here. by Adele Piroshco.


Top row: Jim Taggart, Maggie Livingstone, Liz Charyna, Adele Piroshco, Team Manager, Gary Piroshco, Rajpaul Singh, Bruce Robinson, Alberto Heide.
Middle Row: Laura McKnight, Linda Weber, Karen Docksteader, Gary Cohen, Brian Evans, Lee Grenon, Shane Stewart, Dan Hebert Coach
Third row down: Claus Weber
Bottom Row: Harvey Doucet, David Brun, Larisa Saunder, Yvonne Stewart Team Manager, Nestor Navasero

Photos -
Below are thumbnail photos of Dragon Boating this spring (2007). Click on the photo to open the enlarged photo. Use the back button to return to this page. No captions are available.

Dragon Boat crews Dragon Boat crew
Dragon boat crew Dragon boat race
Dragon boat race nearing finish line Dragon boat crews seconds after the race


What is Dragon boating?

"Imagine if you will...a 45 foot canoe, flying down a 500 meter race course, with twenty paddlers stroking in unison to the beat of a drum, hearts pounding, muscles straining, adrenalin pumping...this is dragon boating at its best!

Dragon boating is a natural sport for people who are blind or visually impaired--it requires hard work, endurance and dedication, but not sight! It is one of the very few sports in which persons who are blind or visually impaired can participate and compete successfully on an equal basis with sighted peers, without any adaptation. The sport provides opportunity for recreation, exercise and socialization. It is an exciting, fulfilling and physically demanding sport--a lot of hard work and a great deal of fun!

Dragon boating is also one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. A great team event, little or no experience is necessary."

Crews practice from early February to late September for races in Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna.

2004 Eye of the Dragon Dragon Boat Crew

Photo of team in action

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