Still room on Cowichan Bay’s new youth dragon boat team

No experience required to take part in paddling

There’s still room in the boat for anyone interested in joining the Cowichan Valley’s upstart youth dragon boat team.

The Cow Bay Junior Dragons held their first practice this past Saturday, but the team is always looking for more members.

No previous experience is needed, and prospective paddlers are welcome to give the sport a try before signing up.

“You don’t have to commit to the whole thing,” head coach Penny Baker said. “Just give it a try.”

Baker has a sponsor lined up for the team, a logo, and T-shirts in the works. In addition to being a good workout, she says, dragon boating is a great way to make new friends.

“It’s a really fun team sport,” she said. “You’re out on the water every weekend.”

The season runs until June 15, and the ultimate goal is to take part in at least one race this season. Only high winds will keep the team on the shore.

“Even if it’s raining, we’re still out there,” Baker said. “It’s a water sport; we get wet.”

The team is open to boys and girls ages 12 to 18. Practices run on Saturday mornings in Cowichan Bay by the Blue Nose Marina from 10-11:30 a.m. A drop-in fee of $5 applies.

For more information email pennybaker@shaw.ca or call 250-715-8953.

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