About the Teams


Chinatown’s Showboat is a co-ed, recreational dragon boat team. The team focus is on putting the FUN in fundraising!

In the early days of the team, Showboat quickly gained more than just a little notoriety for our outlandish costumes and extraordinary themes. Our flashy reputation easily translated into “Showboat”. In 2010 the team acquired a sponsor, the Chinatown BIA, thus becoming Chinatown’s Showboat.

Through our yearlong fundraising efforts, we have been recognized by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation by the awarding of the coveted Spirit Cup and Team Site Design Award. To the delight of fellow paddlers and spectators, our unique tent decorations and theatrical costumes never fail to disappoint.


As an extension of Chinatown's Showboat, this all ladies team is in their first season. The ladies of Showgirls are very proud to be a part of the Showboat family of teams. Showgirls shares the same values and committment that Chinatown's Showboat have established over their years in the community. The ladies are committed to establishing their team in the community with fundraising as well as friendly competition on the water.

Captain Bios


One of the team’s founders, Richard, has been involved with the dragon boat community since 2001. In addition to Chinatown's Showboat, Richard paddles with a number of other dragon boat teams. He likes time spent on the water!

Richard really enjoys community work, whether it's organizing fundraising events or through a more hands-on approach. Either way, Richard brings this passion to the team, encouraging and assisting Showboat paddlers to find ways to give back to our community.

A biologist with Health Canada, Richard pursues travelling, strength training, backpacking, writing, running, and carpentry in his spare time.


As Team Captain of Showgirls, Cyndi has been in the sport since 2009 as a paddler, drummer and steerperson for many teams. Though very dedicated to her own team, she is also the drummer for the mixed team, Oartinis. She still continues to assist other teams as a drummer at Dragon Boat Festivals as well as assisting as a steersperson for other teams during their practices. She is also a part of the Captial Dragons mixed team that participates in the GWN Dragon Boat Festival in Orlando every October. She enjoys time on the water as much as possible and enjoys the many social and fundraising events that are coordinated by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Community teams. She is pursuing a second career in the Paralegal Program at Herzing College for the next year.

Our Sponors

In April 1989, the Corporation of the City of Ottawa designated Somerset Street West between Rochester Street and Bay Street as an improvement area called the Somerset Heights Business Improvement Area. In 2005, the City approved that the name be changed to the Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA). We are very grateful to Ottawa's Chinatown BIA for their continuing support.

Local couple Katherine and Jon Vandyk long had the idea of chucking the rat race and starting their own microbrewery. In 2013, the dream was realized and Covered Bridge opened to rave reviews. Located in Stittsville, Covered Bridge handcrafts delicious beers especially for you. For great beer, they've got you covered! Located at #6-119 Iber Road in Stittsville, bottles and growlers are available for sale from the retail store Thursdays 3-1, Fridays 12-8, Saturdays 11-6 and Sundays noon-5.

As part of their desire to give back to the community, Katherine and Jon, along with their brewmaster partnered with Chinatown's Showboat to create a unique brew. This Single Malt, Single Hop "SMaSH" beer was christened "Paddle Smash" and the taps opened in May of 2015. Proceeds from the sale of this ale go to the Dragon Boat Foundation charities.


Throughout the year, the team organizes and participates in a variety of fundraising events. These might include comedy, karaoke or pub nights. You can also catch us at the yearly Glebe Garage Sale or selling cupcakes. All funds raised by the team are donated to the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation which, in turn, directs the funds to local charities. Since 2005 the team has raised over $110,000 for these worthy charities.


Community involvement is important to the Showboat family. Through Ottawa’s Chinatown community, we support the Yet Keen Seniors’ Day Centre and The Door Youth Centre. We also volunteer directly with some of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation’s chosen charities, including the Youth Services Bureau and Helping With Furniture.


Showboat practices weekly from May to September at the Rideau Canoe Club.

The team will be participating in the following festivals for the 2015 season:

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 26-28

Rideau Canoe Club Dragon Boat Festival - August 22

The Fall 400 Dragon Boat Festival, Carleton Place - September 12

The Fall 400 Dragon Boat Festival, Carleton Place - September 12

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