KDBC Spirit Team

The Kelowna Dragon Boat Club Paddling Society sponsors a Spirit Dragon Boat Team. Originally developed in 2009 our Spirit Team was the vision and hard work of our founder Ivan Carothers and Connie Mellart. The intention was to draw from all of our members teams to create a competitive team that could (1) compete in Regional Festivals where none of our member teams were competing thereby promoting our Club and our own Festival, and (2) compete whenever possible in International Festivals.

In 2009 the KDBC Spirit Team competed in the International San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival placing seventh overall in their division which was an outstanding performance given the caliber of the 140 teams participating.

In 2010 the KDBC Spirit Team won GOLD at the Seattle International Dragon Boat Festival.

In 2012 the KDBC Spirit Team won BRONZE.

In 2014, participated in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival for three amazing days! Our Women's Spirit Team made it through to the Semi Finals and our Mixed Spirit Team made it to the Quarter Finals. Many paddlers headed afterwards to Bali as a group for some vacation R&R!

In 2016, the KDBC Spirit Team went to Dublin, Ireland and had a fantastic time meeting paddlers from all over the globe!

  • 2009 San Francisco
  • 2010 Seattle and Banff
  • 2011 Deep Cove and Harrison
  • 2012 Deep Cove
  • 2014 Hong Kong
  • 2015 San Diego
  • 2016 Dublin
  • 2017 Vancouver
  • 2018 Osoyoos
  • 2019 Portland
  • 2020 Montreal (Covid cancelled us!)
  • 2024 Berlin

The KDBC Spirit Team is open to any member of a KDBC Team.

Participants are always asked to acknowledge that this is a competitive team and the coaching staff will generally use our most proficient paddlers given the course and the paddling conditions. The KDBC Spirit Team practices throughout the year and ensures its practices are not held when KDBC Teams have practices scheduled.

For anyone interested or for more information please contact [email protected] .