MAY IS RECRUITMENT MONTH!
Join us in 2019 on May 2 / 9 / 16 / 21 to try out dragon boating!
Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of racing in a dragonboat as the sun sets on beautiful false creek? Well, now is your chance!
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY -- we'll teach you everything you need to know! Come out and experience the thrill of paddling with our awesome team. If you love it, you could consider joining our team this summer!
New paddlers are welcome to attend three practices before commiting to join.
We generally compete in 3-4 regattas a season. Past highlights have included trips to Victoria, Harrison, Penticton, Portland and Las Vegas. Our team likes to have fun together, but we also compete to win!
I joined Sisters in Sync in the 2nd year of its existence. I was the oldest, or 2nd oldest on the team. Can't remember who told me about it but...that's forgotten herstory! I had never done a team sport like this before. I simply loved paddling side by side with awesome women, keeping focused "in the boat', sure that I couldn't take another stroke during regattas and, of course, always did. Seeing Vancouver from the water was another first and pretty special. My last big regatta was in San Francisco when we raced off Treasure Island. I still today recount fondly driving over the Bay Bridge, getting off at our meeting place with the sun rising and the moon still visible. Awesome. And we had a blast in San Francisco including going to City Lights, the bookstore of the Beats, a time when I actually lived in San Francisco. If it weren't for those cold wet early Spring practices I often think how great it would be to be with you all once more. But I will always cheer you on from the sidelines. And thanks to all who help introduce dragon boating to bold older lesbians & dykes during BOLDFest (coming up Labour Day this year). I hope you'll be our coaches again.
The first time I tried paddling I fell in love. I felt so strong and free with the water rushing by my paddle. Dragonboating was the first sport I have ever done, and Sisters in Sync the first team I have ever been on.
Since I was a kid, I never saw myself as an athlete. In High School , I always had my nose buried in a book, my hands covered in clay, or my mouth tooting on a clarinet.
Suddenly, in Sisters In Sync, I found I could be strong, athletic and still be artistic and bookish. There was no judgment, just so many laughs and community. I felt part of something bigger than me. Together, we could flow as one, race and win! There was nothing like winning my first medal with the team, a silver medal in Victoria, 2015. I remember, Tracey our coach, putting the medal around my neck and the whole team together on stage celebrating. What a rush!
When I first joined the team in 2016, I was new to the queer community, new to dragon boating, and I definitely did not see myself as athletic. I was pretty unsure of myself as I tried to learn the technique but what kept me coming back was the welcoming and joyful vibe of the team. There was laughter in the boat, real friendship amongst teammates, and fun nights at the pub after practices. I stuck with it, and with the help and encouragement of the coaches and the team (as well as some time spent on my couch, using a broom in place of a paddle, practicing the technique while watching YouTube videos!) I started to get it and was bit by the dragon boating bug! I loved being part of a team, seeing myself improve each week and accomplish things I never thought I could, not to mention the thrill of racing and the amazing feeling of having a medal placed around my neck for the first time. Each year I look forward to the season starting and getting to hang out twice a week on the water with friends. When I showed up to my first practice, I was looking for something fun to try and some exercise. What I found was friendship, a community, a sense of belonging, and yes, even love ;) Come give it a try and see what you can find!
Being a part of Sisters In Sync was one of the most rewarding parts of my entire year!
Not only did I learn a new sport that brought me emotional balance & physical strength, but I became a part of a family. I’ve always been slightly awkward and socially introverted, and my team members really brought out the best in me.
They are incredibly accepting, warm, genuine human who I am proud to call my friends, on & off the water.