COPE 378 DRAGON BOAT TEAM
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For the first time, the COPE 378 Multicultural Committee would like to put together a COPE team for the Dragon Boat Festival in June. We need between 18 and 26 racers in order to participate. If you are interested in joining the team, please read the information below and email Communications Rep Jarrah Hodge (email@example.com) by the end of the day on Thursday, May 10.
The Dragon Boat Festival takes place from June 15-17 in the False Creek area of Vancouver. Dragon boating appeared in Vancouver as a demonstration sport at Expo 86. Vancouverites liked it and interest started to grow.
In 1989 the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival was created to show off Vancouver’s growing cultural diversity and to promote racial harmony among Canadians – new and old. Vancouverites were invited to the Festival to experience spectacular food, entertainment, arts and children’s programming reflecting Vancouver’s cultural diversity. At the same time, interest in paddling was taking off and more and more teams formed and registered each year.
Twenty one years later the Festival still fulfills its mandate to promote cultural harmony among Canadians. It has developed into one of Vancouver’s most anticipated summer family events. Last year’s Festival was a true celebration of multiculturalism, attracting over 90,000 people and more than 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the globe. For more information visit http://dragonboatbc.ca/.
Team members will be required to commit to the following:
• Taking part in 4 coached practice sessions, to be scheduled by the committee after registration
• Signing a waiver as per the Dragon Boat BC regulations (http://dragonboatbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2012RTADBFOfficialRule...)
• Being available to paddle in races on both Saturday, June 16 or Sunday, June 17 (usually will be done by 2 PM)
If you would like to join the COPE 378 team or if you have any questions, please make sure to email Jarrah (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 10.
Randy Cheung and Ray Liu
Multicultural Committee Co-Chairs