Rams Dragon Boat takes to new waters
TORONTO - It's been a season of firsts for the Ryerson Rams Dragon Boat club. For the first time in nearly two decades representing Ryerson University on the water, this year's crew took the Rams to the salty waters of Vancouver for the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival.
With the support of family, friends, and their fellow Rams, the crew won an online competition granting entry to the festival and accommodations at the University of British Columbia back in January. Since then, they have been working hard both on and off the water to get ready for racing.
The team jumped on a boat for one final training session prior to the competition direct from their early morning flight out West. The work paid off, and the Rams recorded their fastest time yet this season on race-day—coming through the line after 500 metres at just over two minutes and fifteen seconds.
For many on the crew, this season is their first on a dragon boat. Several had no paddling experience prior to joining the team. But that hasn't stopped them.
The week before their trip to B.C., the crew came away with a gold medal after the 200m final of the University C-Division at the Toronto Island Dragon Boat Festival, and a bronze for a third-place finish in the 500m final of the E division.
A terrific season comes to a close this Saturday, July 13 at the GWN Sport Regatta with a packed day of racing at Marilyn Bell Park. Swing by and cheer the team on as they look to end the year on a high note.
For those interested in joining the team, find the Rams on Facebook and Instagram @RyersonDragonBoat and look out for them at the upcoming club fair at the start of the school year.