Those wanting a spot on Brock’s dragon boat team this year had better hurry and register.
Eighteen of the team’s 20 spots are filled, many with returning dragon boat fans who got hooked on racing in previous years, said Kristen Smith, Community Connections community services co-ordinator. The team also takes a few spare participants.
Each participant raises a minimum of $35, which goes to Wellspring Niagara. The boat registration fee helps the St. Catharines Museum.
The St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival is July 24 at Henley Island. The Brock team practices twice that week, meeting on July 20 and 22.
Last year, the team surprised itself by winning in its time division.
While the team participates for fun, “over the course of the day, we develop a competitive edge, and that paid off last year,” Smith said.
The day includes a barbecue and vendors. The races are fun to watch, she said.
“It’s also a great spectator sport, so I would encourage people to come and watch if they’re not interested in paddling.”
Anyone interested in joining the team can contact Jamie Wheeler, Community Connections volunteer and event management assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org