Dragonboaters defy the elements in preparation for an appearance in Hope

The Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club is set to come to Hope for a demonstration on the water at Kawkawa Lake.

Members of the Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club

Members of the Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club

The Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club (FVDBC) will be coming to Hope for an exciting four-day initiative to recruit new members.

The Boat Club, calls Harrison Lake home, and they can frequently be seen paddling with vigour, as the coach yells out steady directives across its pristine waters.

A Regatta with 70 teams (approximately 1800 paddlers) is set to commence on July 25th, for all interested spectators, or future paddlers, which will be hosted by the club for its 11th season.

The following club teams will be gliding gracefully across Kawkawa Lake in excellent form, starting with the Thunder Strokers (mixed team) on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:15 p.m.; followed by the Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club Team (mixed team) on Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. and the Seraphins (ladies team) on Friday, May 29th at 6 p.m.

For all prospective members, water lovers and those with an adventurous spirit, there will be an open paddle practice to try out the sport on May 31st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. FVDBC Vice President and water officiant Dale Kjemhus, extends a warm invitation to all interested individuals. New members will be provided with insurance, paddles, life jackets and a choice of two Dragon Boats, including an OC6 and an OC2.

There are fees for adults, but junior paddlers, paddle for free, due to a program that covers fees by the Club itself.

With the support of the Kiwanis Club of Sardis, along with donations from local businesses, the Boat Club, continues to enhance and improve the development of healthy youth in the community.

For more information on the Regatta, joining up, or the scheduled practices in Hope, please visit: www.harrisondragonboat.com.