Olympic gold medallist prepares his crew for Rio Tinto Alcan Dragonboat Festival

There’s an eleven-year winning streak on the line next weekend when Pemberton’s Laoyam Eagles put their paddles in the water at the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.

Especially since the crew placed second to archrivals, the Eric Hamber Secondary School, at the June 6 2010 Dragon Zone 500m Regatta, at False Creek.

180 teams and 100,000 people will be watching.

But coach, Olympic gold medal kayaker, Dr Hugh Fisher, is keeping a cool head. And a poker face.  You don’t want to show all your strongest paddlers in the early races, Fisher told the Question this week.

With a large number of senior paddlers graduating last season, the Laoyam Eagles team is newly comprised of experienced boys and some keen new grade 8 girls.  “They’re right there with all our past teams,” said Fisher. “We work very hard and have one really important goal in mind.”

Check out the Laoyam Eagles in Boat 4 for an incredible finish at the 2009 Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.

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