Penticton Golden Dragons

Who are we? The Penticton Golden Dragons team is dedicated to enjoying the experience of being on the water, the physical activity of paddling a boat, competition of races and the sociability that comes with participating in a team sport. It should be noted that there is room in our club for the recreational paddler as well as those wishing a higher level of performance. This is the thirteenth year the club has been in existence. As a club member you have the right to vote and participate in decision-making. Members contribute to coffee and snacks that are provided after each practice.

Who is our coach? Coach Don Mulhall is the local race director and recent recipient of the Hugh Town Memorial award. Don is dedicated to paddle sports and returns to coach with us again for another season.

Who can join? We do not have age restrictions. However, in some races such as the BC Senior Games, you are required to be at least 55 years of age in the current year to compete.

When do we practice? Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 0830 to 1000 starting in May at Skaha Lake. Paddlers must be at the boathouse by 0800 for signing in, getting the boats, so that practice can begin promptly. All paddlers must sign a waiver before going out on the water.

What does it cost? Our annual fee is $150 for all members. The first two “try-out” practices are free for new members. After that, the individual would either pay the full membership or decide paddling is not for them.

Do we enter race events? Yes, last year we participated in the Senior Sprints in Penticton with a women’s and mixed team. We went to the Vernon Festival, Osoyoos Festival and of course, thegreatest of all, the Penticton Dragonboat Festival in September. Paddlers with the highest attendance will have priority on festival team rosters. Members will be expected to indicate their interest in participating in this year’s potential events at the spring picnic coffee get-together at Skaha Park on April 18, 2023.

What do you need for equipment? Paddles and life jackets are provided. However, paddlers may bring their own CSA-approved life jackets and paddles if they meet standards. Water bottles are a necessity. Remember this is a water sport and you can get wet. Cotton clothes are to be avoided, as they don’t dry quickly. Wear water shoes (e.g. sneakers, sandals, deck shoes, Tevas). In early May, dress warmly. Members are expected to buy a team jersey for the races.

Contact Penticton Golden Dragons:

    Roger Hale, President
    Cheryl Halsted, Past President
    Sharon Gray, Treasurer
    Marjorie Field-Robinson, Secretary
    Darlene Neal, Team Manager
    Rene de Waal, Equipment Manager
    Jill Porter, Festival Coordinator
    Bonnie Bodtker, Social Coordinator
    Bonnie Motter, Vice President

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