Kamloops Interior Dragonboat Club
Where men and women 55 or older train and compete on the Thompson River.
Glossary of Terms
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The Kamloops Interior Dragon Boat team was started in 2016 and incorporated as the Kamloops Interior Dragons Society (KIDS) in 2017.
KIDS is a recreational team of men and women 55 years old or better, with a focus on developing paddling skills, fitness, friendships, and becoming race ready (for those who are interested in racing). We practice on the South and North Thompson rivers, launching from the Pioneer Park boat launch three times a week.
For those who want to compete, we attend four to five festivals from April to September, capping off the season with attendance at the BC 55+ Games. All of the festivals are in the BC Southern Interior or Lower Mainland.
KIDS is volunteer-run with experienced coaches and paddlers of all levels. New paddlers are encouraged to try dragon boating early in the season, no experience is necessary. All equipment is supplied, and you can attend three practices for free before deciding if you are ready to join KIDS and make dragon boating a regular part of your life.
Dragon Boat History
Dragon Boat racing has its roots in ancient myths and legends. It began more than 2,000 years ago in the valleys of southern China as a fertility rite held during the summer solstice to ensure plentiful crops and to avert misfortune. Early dragon boat races were mock battles to awaken the hibernating Heavenly Dragon.
Dragon boat racing in Canada started during Expo 1986 in Vancouver, when the government of Hong Kong gifted six teak dragon boats to compete in the spirit of sport, cultural understanding, and friendship.
Dragon boating has become the world’s fastest growing water sport, especially among women and men aged 55+, with approximately 50 million paddlers participating in every continent.
Kamloops first dragon boat club started in 1994 with members paddling in 10-man voyageur canoes on the South Thompson River. The city currently has three dragon boat clubs – KIDS, which is for men and women aged 55 years and older, Kamloops Dragon Boat Club, which is for women and men of any age, and Spirit Warriors, which is a breast cancer survivor team.
Cross-training activities such as hiking, kayaking, cycling and walking may occur when permitted by Covid protocols.
other kids ACTIVITIES
During the paddling season various club members organize activities such as biking, hiking, and kayaking.
Dragon boat season wraps up around the middle of September and until we’re back on the water in April we must somehow entertain ourselves and stay in shape without the benefit of regular practices! The great advantage to belonging to our dragon boat club is that you can always find someone with whom to get active.
Occasionally during the non-paddling season we have gone hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Also, some KIDS get together for movie nights. A group of paddlers attended the Rocky Horror Picture show screening – some in full costume!
Although nobody is going to check up on you, it is a very good idea to exercise regularly during the off season. Some KIDS participate in dedicated dryland training classes that concentrate on fitness for paddlers. Many others renew their gym memberships and enjoy yoga, weight lifting, spinning, or whatever makes them happy and keeps them fit. You’ll be surprised at how many other paddlers you will run into!