REGINA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

Dragon Boat Team Bios

Who’s that dragon boat team?

Find out about the history and fun facts about the teams participating in the Regina Dragon Boat Festival.   This page is updated as teams register and provide their information.  If you do not see your team or require changes, please contact us.

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2018 DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL TEAMS

WOMEN’S DIVISION

Blazing Paddles
PD/Lily Dippers
Dragon Riders
Busting With Energy
Papetista
Dragon Our Cookies
Strength in Numbers
Waves of Hope

PRAIRIE CUP CHALLENGE DIVISION

ADULT MIXED RECREATIONAL DIVISION

Driven#Goaldiggers
Rock You to the Cor
Sour Water Strippers
Despicable Sea
Dragonauts
Soggy Bottom Buoys
Chumaky UNF Regina
Amnesty Rocks the Boat
Wake Me Up Before We GoGo
Almost a Lady

Hope We Float

This team started in 2003…consisting mostly of medical lab technologists, with a mix of friends and family. Lots have come and gone but the main core of the team has stayed the same.

This year we won 2nd in the C Division. Definitely one of our best years and best times! We love the atmosphere, the competition but best of all meeting new people and making great friendships in the dragon boat world.

Lily Dippers

Lily Dippers are a ladies team established in 1994. We are a group of Tremendous gals who love to paddle. Ladies of all ages, professions, and abilities paddling for fitness, fun, and friendship. We have competed as a team in Lethbridge and Regina festivals.  Many of the gals have gone on to compete internationally in many dragon boat festivals.

Soggy Bottom Buoys

The Soggy Bottom Buoys have been racing in the Regina Dragon Boat Festival since 2002. As their jersey says, “Sweet on you since 2002!”

You can pick out the team with their vivid blue/white/orange jerseys and hear them coming when they sing their infamous chant. You can check out their team photos and more on their own team Facebook page.

Cox Blockers

Don’t be fooled by the name, the CoxBlockers are a family-friendly team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the Regina General & Pasqua Hospitals (with a little help from some friends). While this team is constantly changing and evolving, their competitive spirit remains as strong as some of the drugs they provide!

Best moment/memory of 2018: While we may not have been champions on the water this year, our reign in the beer tent holds strong! You’re welcome for the excellent deejaying.

At Least We Rowed Up

This will be our third year taking part in this festival. This year we have a lot of new people and are excited to see how we can do. We participate in the festival strictly for fun.

This year we would like to improve our skill and compete a little harder.

The Co-opegators

Is that chomping you hear in the distance? Must be the Co-opegators Dragon Boat team, sponsored by the Co-operators Life Insurance Company. The Co-opegators have been participating in the festival since 2000. They love hot summer days, long walks down the swamp, and can be frequently found devouring their natural prey: ICE COLD BEER.

If you root for only one reptile-themed, insurance company sponsored team this year, make it the Co-opegators. And be sure to CHOMP along!

Papetista

Papetista is a Regina based dragon boat team made up of breast cancer survivors and their family and friends. We have been participants in the Regina Dragon Boat Festival for over 10 years, paddling to raise awareness of breast cancer in the community. Last year, Papetista was the silver medallist in the Breast Cancer Survivor category.

Papetista participates in the Rose ceremony, in remembrance of those that have lost their battle with cancer. The festival provides roses that are thrown into the water, followed by a moment of silence.

In 2016 you may recall seeing Papetista in this CBC story.

Despicable Sea

The team name Despicable Sea is a parody of the animated movie “Despicable Me”, which is about a clumsy villain who has dozens of little yellow Minions that do his bidding.

Since the dragon boat team contains mostly clumsy misfits and orphans, the name Despicable Sea was a perfect fit (that, and their original team name was already taken). With their bright yellow shirts, costumes and silly antics, they’re hard to miss at the festival!

The team’s first appearance at the 2014 Regina Dragon Boat Festival was done in true Minion fashion.  From getting spectators and officials to sing along to their merry chants, to crashing into another boat on the first race, Despicable Sea had plenty of fun and debauchery, which made a name for themselves – and even attracted paddlers from other teams!

Despicable Sea has attended the festival in Saskatoon, and is planning to attend other festivals across Canada… on their journey towards world domination!

Check out their website: despicablesea.com

Municipaddlers

Municipaddlers, we have a dragon boat team. Although their paddles say something different. The Municipaddlers have been representing the City of Regina for 26 years in the Regina Dragon Boat Festival. Their name originated from an employee contest which resulted in numerous words. Once all the mixing and matching was done, Municipaddlers was founded and the rest is history.

The Municipaddlers are long-time ambassadors and volunteers of the festival, taking their fun, inviting nature to every festival they attend in and outside of Saskatchewan.

The Team Captain, Chris Greyeyes has been paddling on this team and in the festival for 26 years as well. He’s one of the festival’s original paddlers. If you have no favourite team in this event, make the Municipaddlers your new one. They’re here representing you, the citizens of Regina.

Dragon PAC

Dragon PAC was formed in 1997 by a group of friends who wanted to get together and have some fun. We were in the Mixed Rec Division for a number of years before moving into the Prairie Cup Challenge in 2011. Since being in the PCC we have won the title 4 times and have won the sprints twice.

The group has changed quite a bit from the original 22, but we are still a bunch of misfits who still like to have a good time. We are usually the last people in the beer tents and can usually be found wandering down Albert Street looking for another watering hole after the tent closes

Award: We’ve won the PCC trophy division 6 out of 9 times. This year we placed second in both the sprints and 500m.

Sponsor:  Colliers Custom Carpentry and Zaba Financial Group Ltd.

Best moment in 2018: Always coming together to race and have a great time together over a few beers once race day is over!

Chumaky

We are Chumaky Ukrainian Dragon Boat Team, UNF Regina and it is going to be our 8th year in the festival.

Our team is supported by Ukrainian National Federation of Canada – Regina Branch 

Check out this video of their race from RDBF2016

The CI Dragon

The CI Dragon is a university-based dragon boat paddling team, funded by the Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of Regina. The Confucius Institute is a joint initiative between the University of Regina and China’s Hunan University in Changsha, Hunan Province, which aims to promote Chinese language and culture in the local community, as well as enhance the mutual understanding between China and Canada. The establishment of the Confucius Institute is based on the longstanding relationship and the growing intellectual and economic exchange between Canada and China. Since the Dragon is the most important and legendary creature in Chinese history, we wish to inherit the power and spirit of the dragon. Thus, we call our team the CI Dragon.

The CI Dragon has been a part of the Dragon Boat Festival since 2012. We are a fun, inclusive, and energetic team, with people from many different backgrounds. Although we may not be the best team when it comes to skill, our upbeat energy, and optimistic spirits are what makes our team great!

We love to have fun, make new friends, and get a nice tan while we’re at it!

Super Strokers

Established in 2014, this team of government workers and friends is… not sure what to write in their team bio.

We’re here to have fun, get some exercise and improve a little every year.  On festival day you will find us hanging at our tent, listening to music, and hopefully enjoying some sunshine.

POND SCUM – Prairie Dragons Paddling Club

In July 2012, Prairie Dragons Paddling Club established a High Performance Team– (Pond Scum) to create opportunities for dragon boat paddlers to form competitive crews for national and international events.

Pond Scum is unique in that our backgrounds are as varied as the talents we bring to the crew. We are a diverse team that practice on a regular basis. Our coaches are regionally located and work closely together to set up a training program that prepares crew members for competitive racing. Our crews come together to train and to compete at festivals across western Canada, National and International events.

We are an experienced dragon boat crew. Many have been paddling for over 25 years. We have certified coaches, and several have attended dragon boat training camps in past years.

Pond Scum raced in various International events including CCWC’s in South Africa, Toronto and Malaysia before competing under the PDPC banner.

Prairie Dragons Paddling Club is always looking to introduce others to the great sport of dragon boating. Whether you are interested in competing at national and world events or simply keeping fit and having fun, we have a place for you!

We look forward to participating in the Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival, having lots of fun and making new friends!

www.prairiedragons.ca

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of over seven million people in more than 150 countries working together to protect and promote human rights. Regina has two active all-volunteer groups: in the community and at the University of Regina.

We have sponsored the Amnesty Rocks the Boat dragon boat team for seven years now. This year we have 13 rookies on the team, from several different countries, so we are having a lot of fun learning what dragon boating is all about. Watch for our black tee-shirts with a yellow dragon and a yellow candle on the cres

Blazing Paddles

We are a competitive womens team from Edmonton. Together for 9 years. First time in Regina . Thank you for a great Festival!

Awards: Women’s Champions

Best moment / memory in 2018: Racing in the Sprint Final with 7 other teams!

The RESPONsible & Tenacious Turtles

The RESPONsible and Tenacious Turtles is a group of paddlers with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Even though a brand-new team, we gave our competitors a good run for their money, trailing by less than a quarter of a second, twice! Watch for us next year and you won’t be disappointed! Our favorite part of the event is meeting all the new friends and having a TON of fun!

Sponsor: Respon International Group 

Waves of Hope

Waves of Hope Dragon Boat Team formed in 1999 as Canada’s 12th dragon boat team for breast cancer survivors. They are based in Brandon, Manitoba, with members living within a 200 km radius of Brandon Manitoba. Members meet to celebrate life and to pursue better health through fitness, sport, social events, and outreach activities.

A full crew of our dragon boat team is 20 paddlers, one steersperson and one drummer. Each year we begin dry land training at Brandon’s Community Sportsplex for the upcoming summer season. When the winter ice leaves Lake Minnedosa, 50 kilometers north of Brandon, we practice weekly throughout the summer season in our beloved dragon boat, Kindred Spirit. Festivals and demonstrations round out our season on the water.

Each year we endeavor to attend a Festival that is out of province and Regina was chosen for 2018. The team has two memories of your amazing festival {despite the winds), the first is your opening ceremonies and the second was winning the Breast Cancer Survivors Race. We will definitely consider returning to participate in your festival.

Regina Dragon Boat Festival

August 31st & September 1, 2018