A Paddling Mecca in the Mountains

How to build a paddling Mecca in the mountains?  Start with a coach who cares. (A few Olympic medals in his top drawer helps.)  Find a place to paddle. (Doesn’t need to be as fancy, or as big, as you might think.) Fill a boat with kids. (Just 20 will do, at first.) Support them … Continue reading


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

Pemberton’s Laoyam Eagles will be defending an eleven year stint as Junior Champions at the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, at False Creek, on June 19 and 20, 2010. What’s the secret to cultivating a world-class dragonboat team? Take a handful of Pemberton and Mount Currie First Nations kids, a lake the size of a large puddle and a former Olympic gold medalist turned Pemberton local. Now paddle. Hard.