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2015 Paddling Season for Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Beginning

By Contributor
February 27th, 2015

Paddling season is almost here and there are many dragons preparing to get on the waters of Kootenay Lake.  The paddling season stretches from April to September, with three teams. 

There are two competitive teams which practice at 5:30 to 7 p.m. – one team practices Mon and Wed, the other team Tues. and Thurs.  These teams attend two festivals a year in BC and Alberta.

KRD has a Saturday morning Recreational team which begins at 8:00am with warm up and paddling from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and then morning coffee.  KRD is an inclusive Club and welcomes all women wishing to enjoy the physical exercise and social camaraderie of being part of a team.  Team members range in age from 31 to 86 years young.

The 2015 paddling season begins with registration day Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Nelson Community Complex, Multi-purpose room.

Registration costs for the season are $125 for two sessions a week and $60 for the Saturday sessions. The best recreation deal in town!

During the month of April there will be dry land training, which is an introduction to the paddling technique presented by KRD coaches.  This will take place Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. at the Central School Gym, with the plan for the final session to be on the water.

In 2014 the teams learned a new Canadian National stroke which yielded great success with 1st and 2nd place finishes in races at Okanagan festivals.  Teams are planning for 2015 festivals in Lethbridge, Alberta, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton. 

KRD is looking for new paddlers for both the competitive and recreational teams.

If you are interested a fun, exciting, rhythmic, team water sport, please attend the Registration session or call Sarah Quayle at 505-4650 or Dorothy Hatto at 551-3104. 

KRD means Empowerment, Health and Well-being for all Women.

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