SPECIAL EVENT - ADAM VAN KOEVERDEN SESSION - Tuesday, December 20th, 2011.
@ Royal Canadian Legion, 1395 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto
Please RSVP here.
National Dragonboat Club is honoured and excited to announce that Adam van Koeverden will be making an exclusive speaking engagement at the Royal Canadian Legion on Tuesday, December 20th at 6pm for NDC’s Rep Program members and coaches.
At 29 years old, Adam has already achieved legendary athlete status as a Canadian sprint kayak Olympic Champion and is a very sought after speaker.
In addition to his world-class athletic achievements and goals, Adam is an athlete ambassador for Right to Play, and the David Suzuki Foundation, as well as a National Spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada. He has spoken on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund and at countless schools on the importance of healthy and active living, community involvement, and his experiences as a Canadian Olympian.
All NDC Rep Program athletes and Winter Program athletes are welcome to join in. Pending availability, others can also attend for $20 (including hst). H’ordeuvres and cash bar will follow.
Please RSVP by clicking on title above.
NDC looks forward to providing more development and motivational opportunities like this to its members in the future.
NDC Winter Training Program
NDC’s Winter Training Program is scheduled for Sundays 8-10am at Outrigger Performance Advantage, in Etobicoke. There are 7 sessions starting Dec 4th continuing to January 15th, excluding December 24th and including a special motivational session!
Program Objectives: Assess and address technical inefficiencies / Ensure participants understand and can execute core body paddling movements (and strokes) / Provide weekly strength & conditioning program guidelines.
Fees & Waivers: Upon completing this online registration form you will be emailed a waiver and electronic invoice for $135.00 ($119.47 plus 13% HST) for the seven (7) sessions.
NDC Winter Training Program Phase II is scheduled to start week of January 23rd.
The Sunnyside Juried Art Show is back for 2011. Take a minute before or after your races at the GWN Challenge this weekend and get down to Sunnyside to check out some of the terrific works on display!
Labour Day Holidays - SUNNYSIDE CLOSED MONDAY
Sunnyside will be closed for the Labour Day holiday weekend (Fri, Sep 2 through Mon, Sep 5), and will be open for business as usual next Tuesday, September 6th.
All teams regularly scheduled for Mondays should check their team schedules HERE to confirm their next practice time.
Wa’SUP! - Next week, we have arranged for a set of SUP (Stand Up Paddling) boards and paddles to be onsite at Sunnyside from 6-8PM for all of our Sunnyside teams. Everyone is welcome to try them out! We hope to integrate this new complimentary paddlesport into NDC Programming for 2012. Along with SUP, NDC is investigating other complimentary paddling disciplines in an effort to diversify our paddlers abilities and skills and raise the bar. Stay tuned to the NDC website blog (Tumblr) for more details.
Two additional boats have been added to the Sunnyside dragonboat fleet to accommodate the increased number of teams preparing for the GWN Challenge (September 10/11). These additional boats should help to alleviate demand on our existing BuK/Kahlua fleet and ensure that NDC teams have all possible advantages in final preparation for the final major race of the season.
If your team is racing at GWN be sure to book your additional practices ASAP as available practice times are filling up quickly. Bookings can be made by contacting the office.
This past weekend National Dragonboat Club entered the first ever NDC Junior Men’s 1,000m War Canoe crew in the CanoeKayak Canada Nationals at the Welland International Flatwater Centre placing 5th of 9 crews. The crew was comprised of men from a variety of paddling backgrounds and coxed by NDC’s Coach, Conor Fleming. The crew practiced less than ten times and managed to improve our 1,000m time from 4:45 to 4:18 over the course of 3 weeks. This endeavour is a true indication of the skills and power of NDC athletes.
With a number of hardend crews on the start line NDC’s goal was to stay in their lane and clear of the wash from the leading crews. With a terrific start and consistent power the NDC crew was able to keep up with the competition for a 5th place finish earning NDC 5 points towards the national championship.
NDC’s 5 points placed us 32nd of 42 competing clubs. Not a bad showing for our first time out and definitely something to improve upon. If you’re interested in becoming a part of NDC’s growing sprint program stay tuned to the blog or please let us know!
WED, AUGUST 24 - CANCELLED PRACTICES
A handful of NDC teams were treated to a spectacular lighting show to the north of Sunnyside last night before being driven off of the water as the storm came closer. For over an hour lightning was striking off in the distance with brilliant ground and building strikes as teams continued to practice. Near 8PM it became too dangerous to continue on and teams were called in and credited for their practices.
After the boats were put away the real show started as the storm moved overhead and produced some fierce wind and rain to go along with the spectacular lightning activity. This photo was taken by ZensLens from the buildings to the west of Sunnside and shows a surreal bolt of lightning striking the water right off Sunnyside.
This is a great opportunity to remind paddlers that lightning in the immediate vicinity will cancel all practices at Sunnyside. If the lightning and thunder are within 10 seconds of one another there are less than 3KM to the strike making paddling unsafe. In this scenario teams are instructed to seek immediate cover at a nearby club or return to Sunnyside if it is safe to do so.
Teams are also reminded that if there is lightning activity of any kind they will be offered a voluntary cancellation wherein they can continue practicing or reschedule for a later date.
Teams are always invited to call our weather information hotline at 416-910-2563 or check back here to see if practices have been cancelled for the evening.
If you have any questions about our weather cancellation policy contact us in the office.
Practice Time Shift
Paddlers should enjoy their last week of practices at 5:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:00PM and 8:00PM. Beginning next week, beginning Monday, August 29th all practices will be shifting up or back to 5:30PM, 6:30PM or 7:30PM to accommodate for the falling light levels.
If you are wondering when your team may be scheduled to practice, check out this link to our practice listing by team.
With only three weeks left in the regular practice season it’s time to jam in all you can to rack up your kilometers for 2011!