For Immediate Release
Sept. 2, 2013
ATTN: Van Do, DC Dragons
Anacostia Community Boathouse
1900 M St SE, Washington DC 20003
NCAWPA’s teams win big at the 2013 National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta!
Washington, DC—Four National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association (NCAWPA) Dragon Boat teams, the DC Dragons, GoPink!, Capital City Dragons and DC Dragons Kuula, all placed at this year’s 2nd Annual National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta held Aug. 24, 2013. Teams from along the East Coast traveled to the National Harbor to race in multiple distances during the course of the day.
DC Dragons, the premier co-ed dragon boat racing team from Washington DC, won silver in the Mixed “A” Championship division for 500 meters and won silver in the Mixed “A” Championship division for 2,000 meters; GoPink!DC, the premiere dragon boat team whose members are exclusively breast cancer survivors and female supporters, won bronze in the Breast Cancer Survivor “BCS” division; Capital City Dragons, NCAWPA’s youth team, won gold in the Mixed “C” division; and NCAWPA’s newest team DC Dragons Kuula, which is sponsored and trained by the DC Dragons and consists of non-club paddlers with various levels of experience, also placed in the Mixed “A” Majors division and competed against other club teams.
"I am very proud of NCAWPA's performance on Saturday at the National Harbor,” said Jimmy Prunier, head coach for DC Dragons. “NCAWPA brought out four really strong, competitive teams and although we didn't all walk away with gold medals, we did our best and it showed. Based off of what I have seen today, I am more than confident that we will perform well at the 2013 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival!" Prunier added.
NCAWPA plans to end its summer paddling season by sending three of its teams to the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Last year, the DC Dragons walked away with gold in the Mixed “A” Majors division; and GoPink! placed fourth in the Women’s “A” division consolation. This year NCAWPA’s youth team the Capital City Dragons will also be competing in Philadelphia.
“This will be CCD’s fifth year competing at Philly. A majority of our youth team are able to make it to Philly, but when we have open seats parent paddlers readily jump in to lend a hand. In those cases, we’re always entered in the Intergenerational Challenge and we win that challenge each year,” said Sharon Hong, coordinator for the Capital City Dragons. “We’re sending a mixed youth-adult team this year and training hard to defend our title as Intergenerational Challenge Champions!” Hong added.
The National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association, established in 1992 as a non-profit, community-based organization, first came together as a women's dragon boat team. The organization today includes the NCA Outrigger canoe team; as well as the DC Dragons, a mixed male and female adult dragon boat team; GoPink!DC, a breast cancer survivor team, and Capital City Dragons, a youth dragon boat team. Visit the NCAWPA online at http://www.ncawpa.org for more information.
About DC Dragons
DC Dragons is the premier, mixed dragon boat racing team from the DC area. Members come from all levels of experience and range in age from 18 to 72 years old. We're especially proud to have sent four teammates to represent Team USA in the 2013 IDBF World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. Because the team is a premier team it practices year round and are on the water from late March to early November, weather permitting. The team also participates in a number of competitions in different venues across the United States and internationally. Although the team has traveled to other venues to compete during the winter months, the team’s race season usually starts with the DC Dragon Boat Festival in Georgetown and ends in October at the Philadelphia Festival. The team has raced in Taiwan; Canada (Montreal & Toronto); Miami, Fla.; and Long Beach, Calif. If you would like to know more about the DC Dragons, please email the membership committee at email@example.com.
About NCA Outrigger
Outrigger canoeing in Washington DC brings people of a multitude of generations and backgrounds together. Outrigger Canoeing, sometimes called "OC," is a team oriented sport that doesn't require any previous experience on the water, just a desire to experience the "Aloha" spirit and spend time exercising with a great group of people of all skill levels who enjoy experiencing DC in a wholly different way (On the water!).
The outrigger team races in multiple events in DC and throughout the East Coast. They also compete in major events in Hawaii, California, and other areas of the world. National Capital Area (NCA) Outrigger traces its roots back into the mid-nineties, bringing the traditional Hawaiian sport to a the DC metro area. NCA Outrigger now has established men, women, and co-ed teams and looks to develop youth teams sometime in the near future. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about NCA Outrigger.
GoPink!DC is also a premiere dragon boat team in Washington DC, but its members are exclusively breast cancer survivors and female supporters. The diagnosis of breast cancer, either personally or of a loved one, is their common bond. Paddling together in a twenty-person dragon boat has created a treasured sisterhood for the team, while also offering fitness, friendship, and fun. GoPink! members come from all walks of life including career women, moms, and retirees. They are proud members of a worldwide community of breast cancer survivors who have discovered the physical, emotional, and mental restorative benefits of the addictive sport of dragon boat paddling. Breast cancer survivors and female supporters of all ages and levels of fitness are welcome to join GoPink!DC. The team’s on-the-water paddling season runs from late March through early November, and they also offer fitness and conditioning throughout the year. In addition to weekly practices, the team participates in festivals and races locally, as well as in other venues in the eastern United States. Email GoPink! at email@example.com for more information.
About Capital City Dragons
Capital City Dragons is NCAWPA’s Youth Dragon Boat program, a weekly paddling event, for teens ages 12 to 18 years old. Learn to paddle a dragon boat, meet new people, get a great workout, and have fun! Practices take place Practices take place every Sunday during the summer season at 9:45 a.m. Email Sharon Hong, NCAWPA Youth’s program coordinator, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dragon Boating
In the fourth century B.C., China was undergoing political and military strife. This era is also known as the Warring States period. Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a scholar and advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo (Mi Luo) River in despair and protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums and pounded their paddles on the river's waters and threw rice dumplings wrapped in silk into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan's body. Dragon boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing international team water sports.
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