About Us - About the Teams
If you've ever attended the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, you may have noticed a lively group of eclectic paddlers in colourful costumes, perhaps cheering or even dancing on occasion. This mixed recreational dragon boat team, Chinatown's Showboat, has been paddling together since 2002. Sponsored by Ottawa's Chinatown, we are all about our community! Throughout the year, we work hard to raise awareness and resources for the charities of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation and community groups in Ottawa's Chinatown. To date, paddlers have raised over $130,000.00, having tons of fun in the process.
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.
About Us - Team Captains
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.
About Us - Team Management
As the team treasurer, Garech has been involved with dragon boating since 2008. Originally getting his start as a paddler, he is now a steers person and enjoys the serenity of being out on the water.
Garech has a passion for fundraising as it is his way of giving back to the community. He pursues travelling , backpacking, biking and photography in his spare time
Three years ago, Kylie Carter went looking for a new summer challenge and dove head first into the world of Chinatown’s Showboat. Little did she know, the people she would meet on and through the team would cement themselves in her life and ultimately show themselves not just as teammates, but also as family. Whether it is volunteering at, attending or hosting fundraisers, Kylie makes sure Showboat is well represented. When she is not busy at work as a teacher, Kylie can be found playing with her nieces and nephew, reading at the local coffee shop (or pub), riding horses or attending local outdoor music festivals.
Through east coast roots and good friends Julia has been a member of Showboat for 8 years.
She has evolved from a paddler to the team’s drummer. As a mother of two wonderful daughters, she uses her vocal skills to keep the team in stroke and to power up!
Julia enjoys both the fundraising aspect of the team as well as the comradery of fellow teammates. When she is not enjoying time on the water with the team, she enjoys her annual visits to P.E.I. She also enjoys her newfound love of wood working, preparing gourmet meals for her family and friends and hosting the odd team party.
Julia is the drummer and one of the managers of the showboat team
Stephanie has been a part of the Rideau Canoe Club for 19 years. She started at the bantam level and moved her way up to the high performance level winning a few gold and silver medals at the national championships. In 2009, due to injury, Stephanie stopped competing and decided to devote more time to coaching.
She has been coaching for over 13 years now, including the bantam program, the coordinator for the regatta ready program and last but not least she has been Chinatown's Showboat coach for 3 years. Stephanie has a passion for the sport and loves the enthusiasm of the team. When Stephanie isn't coaching, you can find her playing volleyball or trying new things.
Tom is the team's webmaster. In this capacity he's responsible for all aspects of website design and maintenance.
While not working on websites, he enjoys hobbies such as Dragon boat paddling and steering, playing soccer, cycling, and martial arts.
On seeing a recruitment ad one winter, Wendy Fox took a chance and joined Chinatown's Showboat. She hasn't looked back since. In addition to paddling with the team, Wendy paddles internationally. She also volunteers with Dragons For All, a dragon boat team for adults with developmental disabilities.
Wendy enjoys putting the 'fun' in fundraising. As such, she continues to help organize numerous fundraisers such as cupcake wars, themed parties with scavenger hunts and working on Showboat's very own beer, Showboat Paddle SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) together with Covered Bridge Brewing.
An employee with Health Canada, Wendy enjoys traveling, live music and generally having fun. Wendy continues to pursue the boat life by attending her favourite cruise, the Rock Boat, which includes traveling, live music, costumes and lots and lots of fun.
About Us - The Media
The City of Ottawa has designated Somerset Street West between Rochester Street and Preston Street as an improvement area called the Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA).
The BIA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization consisting of local businesses and commercial property owners, working together towards a stronger and more competitive commercial district- known as the Ottawa Chinatown.
Be sure to check out all the really cool stores and wonderful restaurants in Ottawa's Chinatown!
We are grateful to Ottawa's Chinatown for their ongoing support.
Local couple Katherine and John 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 3-7, Fridays 12-7, Saturdays 11-6 and Sundays noon-4.
As part of their desire to give back to the community, Katherine and John, alongtheir 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 Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation charities.
Read all about our unique partnership in the Ottawa Community News
We are grateful to Covered Bridge Brewery for their enthusiasm to work with us to find ways to give back to the community.
Fundraising & Community
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 Great 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 $130,000 for these 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
Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival - September 12, 2015
This single malt, single hop ale offers a complex array of tropical fruit flavours and aromas from the Mosaic hop. What makes this ale unique is its charitable properties. Conceived from a partnership between Covered Bridge Brewing and Chinatown's Showboat, it will help raise funds for the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.
For more information visit: http://www.coveredbridgebrewing.com/
Be like a duck; calm on the surface, but paddling like the dickens underneath.