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Dragon Boat


Racing at the Pickering Regatta


Racing at the Pickering Regatta


Racing at the Milton Regatta


First vet practice 2022


Come join the Dragon Boat Club for a great time with great people!


Dragon boat is an invigorating, rapidly growing sport where a crew of 22 (20 paddlers, 1 steersperson and 1 drummer) race alongside other teams in dragon boats.

The Guelph Gryphons Dragon Boat Club is a place for athletes ranging from beginner to expert paddlers to participate in this fun and exciting sport. We have opportunities for both high-calibre, committed athletes and those who just want to have fun to compete. Practices are held weekly to prep for races against other universities and teams in the summer (May-August). We have been Nationally ranked (gold and silver at Nationals) and want to get back on the podium. But don’t let that scare you, come out, meet the team and try something new or not so new, and de-stress a bit from your hectic uni-life. Whether you're a novice or an expert, everyone is welcome! 


Our Exec Team

  • President: Jillian McLaughlin
  • Vice Presidents: Angel You & Kate Yan
  • Head Coach: Emma Christie
  • Water Coaches: Fiona McIntyre & Morgan Kennedy
  • Dryland Coaches: Elizabeth Hargreaves & Sophie Witherspoon
  • Equipment Managers: May Brunet



Club fees can be paid at Client Services in the AC or online via the links below.

Please ensure you have paid your fees before attending practice.

  • 3-Practice Pass: $15 
    Access to 3 trial practices (any combination of: on-water, dry land, pool practice, OR KayakPro Paddle Ergometer (P-ERG) use). Counts as a deposit towards the Fall Semester Full Fee (i.e. pay the remaining $35 to receive full membership). 
  • Fall Semester Full Fee: $57.50
    Unlimited semester access to on-water practices, studio dry land workouts, pool paddling practices, use of the UGDBC KayakPro Paddle Ergometer, Gym Buddy Program, coaching and socials      
  • Pay the Difference Fee: $42.50
    For Dragon Boat Club members who wish to purchase full-membership access to practices after purchasing the 3-Practice Pass.

*All clubs memberships require a prerequisite base athletics membership.  Currently enrolled, on-campus students already have this prerequisite membership during the Fall and Winter semesters.  For all other community participants and students attending classes in the summer months, a monthly base membership is required for purchase before enrolling in a club*  

Practice Time

September 9th to October 14th

  • On-Water practices:
    6:15am-8:00am @Guelph Lake
  • 5:45pm - 7:30pm @Guelph Lake
    Complete Membership Form to sign up for a slot

October 16th onwards

  • Dry Land practices:
    Mondays 7:00am-8:00am AC3214
  • Pool practice:
    Wednesdays 8:00pm-9:00pm Red Pool 
  • P-ERG practice:
    The UGDBC Paddle-Ergometer (P-ERG) will be integrated into Dry Land practices throughout the semester. However, members are also permitted to book slots to practice with the P-ERG on their own time. 



Our typical competition season involves participation in 3-4 dragon boat festivals (regattas) in Ontario, which allows us to compete against other University teams in full dragon boats. We compete in 200m, 500m, and 2000m races. Participating in regattas is the highlight of the year for many athletes!


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