Tuesday 21 June 2011

Exciting Dragon Boat Festival set for June 25

The 9th Edition of the Montreal Summer Splash Dragon Boat Festival, considered by many to be the most fun dragon boat event on the local circuit, takes place June 25. With over 25 teams scheduled to participate, some returning for their ninth consecutive year, paddlers, in teams of 22, compete in Mixed and Women’s divisions.

In addition to heats in the 500-, 200- and 100-metre distances, Summer Splash features the only Flag-Catching Race in Montreal dragon boat competitions. “By adding a flag-catching element in the final 500-metre race, Summer Splash has adopted a tradition rooted in Taiwanese festivals,” said Festival Director, Dan Levine. “As the boat crosses the finish line, the drummer must reach out and catch a flag that rests on a floating platform. It adds more excitement for participants and spectators.”

Summer Splash is an event geared toward recreational and community teams from Montreal and the surrounding areas. This year’s event will welcome three teams from Ottawa and one from Sherbrooke. The event has experienced significant growth since Levine took over the reigns as Festival Director three years ago. In addition to planning dragon boat competitions and team-building events for youth and corporate groups, Levine is also the captain of Montreal Mix, a highly-competitive dragon boat team. He’s also an experienced coach for other teams. “I guess you can say that the sport has helped to shape me into the person I am today. It’s a privilege to be part of such a vibrant and supportive sporting community,” added Levine.

The Montreal Summer Splash Dragon Boat Festival takes place on June 25 at the Olympic Basin on Ile Notre-Dame, home of various water sport events at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Races begin at 8 h 30 and the day’s event is capped off with a post-race BBQ and Beer Tent, featuring great music, prize draws and plenty of fun for all! Accessible by car and public transit via Bus 167 (Casino) and m├ętro Jean-Drapeau, admission to the Festival site is free, with parking fees in effect. In addition, representatives from Leave Out Violence (LOVE) will be on site to promote the organization and join in the fun atmosphere. For details, visit www.montrealsummersplash.com

1 comment:

  1. How exciting. I've always wanted to witness one of these Dragon Boat competitions. I'm glad that more and more of these events are being organized everywhere.