Nationals 2016 (Part 3/3)

I know this post is quite late and I haven’t posted in a long time. School has been very busy (trying to get a paper out!) and I just haven’t had the time.

The last day of Nationals was also the last day of the 2015-2016 season. There was good, there was bad, and there was complicated.

And there was a protest.

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More on that later.

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Nationals 2016 (Part 2/3)

Saturday was gender day at Nationals with the longer distances: 500 m and 2 km races! Lots of racing and podium for everybody.

Day 2

^Photo credit: Ed Nguyen

Day 2 2

^Photo credit: Anne Zeng!

Day 2 3

^Photo credit: Anne Zeng!

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Nationals 2016 (Part 1/3)

I decided to skip Montreal Challenge and post it at another time so the Nationals post wouldn’t be too long in coming. A lot of things happened this weekend and it was quite an eventful regatta. Things didn’t necessarily go perfectly, but that’s the way life is.

Day 1

^Photo credit: Anne

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OC Testing and Flatwater Paddling

Iron Dragons had OC testing two weekends ago in Pickering. It was a good mid-season test to see how people were progressing throughout the summer. I’ve helped out every year at OC testing, though I wasn’t able to this year at the beginning of the season because it took place while all the coaches were at the NDRC spring camp.

Every past season I was one of the steers, since we test in OC-2’s. But not this year! Steering is the worst. You’re essentially out all day in the sun, getting hot and flustered, and getting tired because you’re paddling all day and people testing don’t want to get too worn out so they either take it easy paddling to the start line or don’t paddle at all and you’re just stuck paddling that heavy boat alone and hating life. That was a run-on sentence.

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Pickering Dragon Boat Festival

I KNOW I’M EXTREMELY LATE WITH THIS POST AND OTHERS. PLEASE BEAR WITH ME. Note that the remainder of my conference series will be posted at some point as well.

The Pickering regatta was the second race of the season for Iron Dragons and NDRC Women, and the first race of the season for NDRC Green, Yellow, and open. A new thing this year for NDRC is the creation of two mixed teams. We put in two approximately equal teams for Pickering and it was an interesting experience. We have so many members this year that we practice with two boats, and I think it’s significantly contributed to our training improvement, as we always have some internal competition pushing each other to go hard.

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Milton and Toronto Women’s Regattas (Part 2/2)

This post is kind of late, seeing as the Toronto Women’s Regatta took place 3 weeks ago, but I’ve been quite behind in my blogging so please bear with me. I’m trying to get competitions done in chronological order so Pickering and TIDBRF posts will follow.

The Toronto Women’s Regatta was NDRC Women’s first regatta of the season. To my knowledge we have never participated in it before (at the very least, I haven’t), so it was a new competition to try out. It was interesting to participate in an all women’s regatta and kind of nice to see so many women’s teams in Toronto. The competition is run by Outer Harbour Senior Women and is a fundraiser for their team. It’s held at Heart Lake, in Brampton, which is a lake that, unsurprisingly, is actually shaped like a heart (it’s kind of cute, actually).

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Milton and Toronto Women’s Regattas (Part 1/2)

The summer’s barely started (technically it’s not even summer yet) and we’ve already had two regattas in one weekend with a third this past weekend (post about Pickering coming up eventually, probably). Going to be busy!

Last weekend was a moderately successful weekend. Iron Dragons participated in Milton, where I drummed and coached, and NDRC Women participated in the Toronto Women’s Regatta, where I steered (I was content not to paddle since paddling is really too much work).

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