Eight paddlers from the Vancouver Island Paddling team Gorging Dragons are competing at the World Nations Dragon Boat Championship in China. Facebook photo

Island athletes compete at Dragon Boat Championship in China

Eight paddlers part of team Canada at five-day event wrapping up Oct. 23

Vancouver Island dragon boaters are competing at the 13th Annual World Nations Dragon Boat Championship in Kunming, China.

Eight paddlers from the Gorging Dragons, a team out of Vancouver Island Paddling, were chosen to race on China’s Lake Dianchi, after a nationwide search involving hundreds of athletes. Tom Arnold, Matthew Michealis and Michael Weirmeier of Victoria, along with Joanne Cowan of Langford and Rob Stubbington of Saanich are in China now for the five-day event widely considered the “Olympics” of dragon boating.

Gabby Kalaw, vice-president of VI Paddling, is excited the club is being represented by this many high-calibre athletes. “The best part is that some of our athletes never imagined they’d be paddling for Canada when they first got into a dragon boat,” she said.

Patti Cross of the Cowichan Valley, Shari Woodside of Port McNeill and Jody Berry from Nanaimo are also in China, part of Canada’s nation team competing in the 200 metre, 500m, 1000m and 2000m races. While dragon boating is China’s sport, Canada has previously placed well at this event – in Hungary two years ago, Canada left with the highest medal count.

You can follow live race results online here. The World Nations Dragon Boat Championship runs through Oct. 23.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich intersections rank as Island’s three worst

Intersection of Admirals Road, McKenzie Avenue, and the Trans-Canada Highway had the most crashes

Value of building permits dropping in Greater Victoria

Victoria’s decline contrasts with provincial and national gains

Stories from the old Edge dairy farm on Panama Flats

Emily Carr once offered a painting to pay her dairy tab

Runners invited to get set for the 40th annual Goodlife Marathon

More than 9,000 runners expected to pack Victoria streets in October

Noted playwright and Theatre SKAM team up on latest production

Charles Tidler interprets dozens of urban interactions in Victoria with 7eventy 7even

VIDEO: Thousands enjoy Family Day fun in Saanich

Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Centre hosts Family Arts Festival

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Homicide police investigate assault turned deadly in Surrey

60-year-old man died at hospital after assault

Most Read