Thursday, 13 March 2014

Fitness and Pool Paddling program at AFTERBURN

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted an entry on the Rusty Dragons blog.  SO... as this is going to be quite literally an AMAZING year ahead on so many fronts, I am going to try to share more of what is going on. There are some incredible initiatives under way that will make this year very special to me and our group of coaches, captains, business partners, and volunteers.  And of course OUR PADDLERS, who are the reason we all volunteer our time to bring smiles to their faces.

There is too much on the go at the moment WRT planning to even know where to start, so I will just start with what's on deck right now with paddlers. The Rusty Dragons started their first-ever fitness and pool paddling program on Monday March 8th and it runs for 11 weeks. It is held at Afterburn Performance Fitness ( which is a brand new facility owned by Andrew Liew (a dragon boat coach himself).

Within a week the Monday time slot filled to capacity of over 20 participants, so I am now making arrangements for a 2nd day, likely Thursdays starting March 20th.  The cost works out to under $15 per 2-hour session and includes an hour of fitness work led by Andrew, followed by an hour in their specially built paddle pool coached by me (Tim).  The picture below was taken the week before our first session when we were there to check out the facility.  Pictured (left to right) are Taras, Mohammad, and Anthony.  More pictures coming soon of the whole gang in action.

Program web page: 2014 Pool Paddling Program 

Anyone is welcome to join this program.  We have now had two good practices and are settling into a routine.  Paddlers are from at least 10 different teams, and note that 5 are from the BPS Toronto team (a team for blind or partially sighted paddlers).  I have to mention that Taras himself is an amazingly motivated paddler from the BPS Toronto team.  He is also going to Jim Farintosh's Pines camp in Florida with 21 other Rusty Dragons.  Taras happens to also be deaf (he has tunnel vision).  Anyone can paddle a dragon boat if they want to.

Other initiatives underway (in no particular order) that I will update you on later...

> Florida Camp - Paddle with dolphins in mid-April.
BPS Toronto - going to the Canadian Championships.
> New Motley Crew team - going to Canadian Championships.
> 130th DDRA Canada Day Regatta. Oldest mixed regatta in the world.
> Balmy Beach Canoe Club - a great practice site for your team!
> Spirit Challenge dragon boat - people with developmental disabilities.
> World Pride dragon boat - A new team that will also be in the parade!
> Colorado Dragon Boat Festival - We're going back... wanna come?
> Toronto Neighbourhood Dragon Boat Challenge!
> OPS Challenge Cup - Ontario Public Service teams.
> How to start your own team - It's easy!  Contact me anytime.
> and much more...

No one else does what we do.  Our objectives are to have fun, get fit, learn good technique, and enjoy the great Toronto waterfront scenery and fresh air.

See or contact or 647-971-7332.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help with anything related to water sports in Toronto, including getting you connected to canoe/kayak clubs, rowing clubs, sailing clubs, outrigger and SUP opportunities, etc.  and dragon boat... ;)  We have connections across the city of Toronto, as well as in Pickering to the east and Hamilton to the west.

Paddles (and Oars) Up!

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