Almost all dragon boat festivals in Canada have been cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic.  However, despite many challenges, GWN will run a half-day set of Exhibition Races on Sat Sept 11 only for about a half-day (10 AM to 1:30 PM).  This is in place of the regular full two-day GWN Challenge.  The event takes place at Marilyn Bell Park and the Western Watercourse.  It doesn't matter that we are not 100% in tip-top race shape, as neither is anyone else.  It would be great to squeeze in some race experience this year.

RACES: (4) races per team (2x500m, 1x200m, and 1x2000m).   As this is now an Exhibition Race, and GWN + TCBA are covering costs, there is no charge to the 12 teams registered (capped at 12 teams).  However, we are still collecting $15/person to cover coach fees and a small contribution to the club.   Here are some details...


  • It is recommended that you be fully vaccinated as defined by Health Canada (including 14 days since last shot). 
  • We have opened registration up for a mixed gender team and therefore can take a total of 24 registered paddlers. 
  • **NEW ** Fee is now $15 for the event.   To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Those who paid the old fee will get a refund.
  • Registration is open to anyone in Toronto who has been on the water training in OC or DB this summer.
  • The races are likely to take place between 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (we will be told a few days before the races.  You should plan to be at the site EARLY Saturday morning Sept. 11th, possibly 8:30 to 9:00 AM.

The registered members of the team are as follows...
          Tim MacFarlane,   Mike Carsell,   Nancy Martin,   Kaola Baird,   Edwin Huang,
          Lilia Marshe,   Shirley Wagar.,   Diane Gropp,   Nelson Grondin,   Deonic Lee,
          Bill Phu.,   Anwesha Sen.,   Mary Markwell,   Oleg Paikoff,   Edwin Huang, 
          Jasma Thomson,   Heather Thomson, ...