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The Imperial Dragons

In 1999, a group of three women decided to start a dragon boat team that focused on developing themselves rather than striving to win. Filling out the roster with paddlers from defunct teams or paddlers looking for a change, the team took on Canadian National Dragon Boat team member Blake Hara as their coach. Our focus towards self-development has yielded several members of the Canadian Mixed, Masters and Open National Teams for both 1999 and 2001

We believe that success in athletics is not built solely on skilled athletes. Rather, an equal emphasis must be placed on other areas such as strong spirit, measurable goals, a positive image, continued contribution to the growth of the sport and motivating others to participate. For us it isn't results that matter, it's how we achieve those results.

Our Team

We are a diverse crew with members aging from 24-45. We come from all walks of life, from engineers to medical researchers to bankers to investment analysts. Fitness is a way of life for our crew with many of us having received prominent recognition and have represented our country in marathon running, duathlons, triathlons, wrestling, soccer, basketball, skiing, cycling and of course, paddling.


Our common goals and strong spirit are all stimulated by our passion and drive to work together, as a team, to achieve our best and make a positive difference along the way.


Our Dragon Boating Experience and Community Involvement