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WHAT'S GOING ON?!?
The Brighton Heat Strokes remain undefeated in the Trenton Dragon Boat Festival for the third year in a row! Although the Festival included fewer teams this year, there was still stiff competition. In previous years it came from the Ottawa Police, but this year it was from Belleville. Nonetheless, the Heat Strokes prevailed to advance to and win the "A" Final. The team was coached through the season by Tricia Boehme, but for the Trenton Festival, guest coach, Miles LeClair was at the helm.
Congratulations Heat Strokes!!
Three paddlers from The Brighton Heat Strokes missed the Trenton Festival as they travelled to Zseged, Hungary to compete in the 11th IDBF Club Crew World Championship. The paddlers, Tricia Boehme, Barb Michno and Phil Spencer paddled with Pickering Dragon Boat Club on several crews. Each crew competed in three events: the 200m, the 500m and the 2K. The result was outstanding as each came home with a generous assortment of gold, silver and bronze medals. All 3 paddlers trained in Pickering for the last 18 months, but originally learned and honed their skills in our very own Brighton Dragon Boat Club!
Two of our upcoming events include The Murray Canal Potluck Paddle on August 12th, and the September Camping Excursion to Bon Echo Park on September 8th.
The Murray Canal Excursion has been changed to the Government Dock Excursion due to the ongoing, and apparently unending, construction of the western bridge on the canal. So, Head Coach, Mary Linnett, has secured permission for us to use the government dock, which suits our needs perfectly, and the route across the bay can be customized to suit the whims of paddlers, or most likely, the steers...... BUT WE NEED PADDLERS!! Don't let the rest of the season slip by without doing something special. Get on board!!
Sign up slackers.....boo, hiss. A few paddlers have been guilty of signing up for sessions and then not showing up for the paddle. This has resulted in the cancelling of a few sessions for small crews who needed everyone in order to go out. The steer, coach, and some paddlers showed up, waited, and then had to go home. SO....DON'T BE A PADDLE POOPER!! If you can't make a session and you are past the website cancel deadline, send your coach a quick email on the website email system on the website under "Directory". Please note that the Tuesday 6 p.m. paddle has been removed from the calendar because of poor attendance.
Finally.....THE NEW BOARD for the 2019 will be formed at our Annual General Meeting on September 18th. We have firm expressions of interest from 3 people and others are considering participating. Our process is to form a group of 9 members (at the AGM) and then assign roles at the first official meeting in October. If you feel that you would like to contribute to the running of the club, you should contact any Board member and express your interest! There will be more information coming on this shortly.
BUT FOR NOW.....GET OUT AND ENJOY THE FINAL PART OF THE SEASON!
JOIN THE MURRAY CANAL/GOVERNMENT DOCK PADDLE!!