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Dragon Boat Canada Level II Certification Course (Jim Farintosh), Pickering, ON:October 29th & 30th, 2016 - Coach Annely Armstrong-Thorstad attended

Training For Warriors: Coaching Greatness (Martin Rooney), Savage, MN:
October 15th, 2016 - Coach Annely Armstrong-Thorstad attended

Weekly Practices


No practice Monday, September 19, 2016
6:00 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2016
No practice Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:00 pm Thursday, September 22, 2016:  Boats come out of the water and we meet at La Place Rendez Vous Hotel for a celebratory wrap-up afterwards (about 7:30 pm).

Mondays at 6:00 pm: IBWDB Mixed Recreational Crew - Coach Sydney Chalifoux
(Beginners / up to 500 M)

Tuesdays at 6:00 pm: Open - Coach Greg Thorstad (Everyone welcome)

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm: IBWDB Mixed Competitie Crew - Coach Annely Armstrong-Thorstad
(Intermediate / up to a 2km)

Be sure to be at the marina prior to 6:00 pm as we begin promptly at 6:00 pm. You will also need to provide your coaches with a contact number as we will need to know prior to practice if you are unable to attend.   

Be sure to ask about team gear as an IBWDB Jersey or Racer back is required to participate in out of area races. Final orders are being taken now, and out of town races are being finalized. 

2016 Mixed Competitive Crew: FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival

Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, September 10th & Sunday 11th, 2016 at The Forks in Winnipeg.  More information is available at IBWDB Mixed Competitive CREW FEE SPONSORED BY FMG!!!!!   500 Metre Race
ATTENDED (Hong Kong): 

2nd Place: Mixed Competitive Division

Coach Annely Armstrong-Thorstad
Coach Greg Thorstad
Coach Sydney Chalifoux
Michelle Coulson
Gillian Piccinato
Ann Lundquist
Caryn Myers
Evan Caul
Mike Wu
Daniela KlicperSherry WoodLincoln Dunn
Leif van LeiropLeona JonesHunter Sannes
Emma CunninghamSherry Wood
Drummer: Kazia Nault

2016 Mixed Competitive Crew & Island City DB Club: Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, August 20th
300 Metre
Time Heat 1:  1:23:45
Time Heat 2:   1:24:47
Time Heat 3:   1:20:81
5th Place Overall

Coach Greg Thorstad
Daniela KlicperHunter Sannes
Gilian Piccinato
Evan Caul
Mike Wu
Coach Annely ThorstadAnn Lundquist
Coach Sydney Chalifoux


2016 IBWDB Mixed Recreational Crew: Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, August 6th
500 Metres
Time Heat 1:  2:21:78
Time Heat 2: 2:24:69
WINNERS: Civic Cup




Coach Annely Armstrong-Thorstad
Mac HollawayCoach Lois Lundin
Ann Lundquist
Gillian Piccinatio
Greg Lundin
Tammy Sjoblom
Caryn Myers
Evan Caul
Emma Cunningham
Cindy Gauthier
Lincoln Dunn
Sam Hawken
Darrell Martindale
Lauren McGregor
Sylvia SmeethFranceline Auclair
Daniela Klicper
Hunter SannesLeif van Leirop
Drummer: Erin Lundin
Steers: Coach Greg Thorstad


 6:00pm - 7:30pm 
 Monday BWDB Recreational Team Practice - Coach Chalifoux (Beginners / up to 500m)
 Tuesday Technique Night: Community & Teen Paddle - Coach Thorstad (Everyone Welcome)
 Wednesday IBWDB Endurance Team Practice - Coach Armstrong-Thorstad (Intermediate / working up to 2km)
  *IBWDB Team Paddlers are welcome to paddle all 3 evenings if they wish.
  *Tuesday evenings is free for the community to try dragon boating (up to two times), and free all summer for teens 13 to 19 years of age.

Clinic with Megan Kress:

FRIDAY, May 27th:   6:00 pm Meet & Greet at the Sorting Gap Marina

SATURDAY, May 28th:  8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Sportsplex: Upstairs in the Conference Room
- On the water, dryland and discussion
- Brown bag lunch and learn at the Memorial Sportsplex
- Back on the water with one on one afterwards  

What an awesome opportunity this was.  Thank you Megan! 


 Megan Kress has been involved with dragon boating for 16 years.  She has raced with high performance crews in the United States, Canada and China.   Megan holds a Level I and Level II Coaching Certificate with Dragon Boat Canada.

She has been the coach of the Duluth, MN's Blue Water Paddling for 12 years, and coaches St. Paul's Dragon Divas, a BCS team with more than 60 members for the last 4 years.

In 2013, Megan joined the coaching staff of the national team, Team USA for competition at the IDBF World Championships in Hungary.  She worked as the assistant coach with Team USA Senior A (40+) Women to bring home 4 medals (2 Silver, 2 Bronze) in 4 events, a program record.   In 2016 she joined the Team USA coaching staff again as Senior A Women's Assistant Coach for the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in Welland, Ontario.

Megan has spent a lifetime on the water.  Some of her highlights are guiding wilderness trips in the BWCA/Quetico, instructing sea kayaking on the Great Lakes, guiding paddle trips to Greenland, and paddling the northern rivers of Nunavut, Manitoba and Ontario. 

Weekly Paddle Schedule

The start of season was Mother's Day this year,  Monday, May 9th!  Our current weekly paddling schedule looks like this:

Mondays 6:00 pm is the IBWDB Mixed Recreational Crew Practice - Coach Chalifoux
 (Beginners / up to 500 M).

Tuesdays 6:00 pm will be technique night and the community paddle (teens 13 to 19 paddle free this night) - Coach Thorstad
(Everyone welcome).

Wednesday 6:00 pm is the IBWDB Mixed Competitive Crew practice - Coach Armstrong-Thorstad
(Intermediate / working up to a 2km).

If you haven't done so already, be sure to pay your annual $60 CAD paddler fee.  If you do not want to use PayPal, you can pay Kym Whalen at NCDS, Sydney Chalifoux at the MNR or Annely at the Assisted Living at the Good Samaritan Society.


BWDB Teen Challenge FB

2016 IBWDB Crew Paddlers

Annely Armstrong-Thorstad, DBC Level II Certified Coach & DBC Certified Official, Ray, MN
Greg Thorstad, Coach & DBC Certified Steersman, Ray, MN
Sydney Chalifoux, Coach & DBC Certified Steersman, Fort Frances, ON
Lois Lundin, Fitness Coach, International Falls, MN
Lincoln Dunn, DBC Certified Steersman, Emo, ON
Dr. Kimberly Ondo - International Falls, MN
Kym Whalen, Fort Frances, ON
Cindy Gauthier, Fort Frances, ON
Gillian Piccinato, Fort Frances, ON
Jones Samuel, Fort Frances, ON
Jennifer Tilander, International Falls, MN
Sandy Sundin, International Falls, MN
Greg Lundin, International Falls, MN
Damien Bjerketvedt, Superior, WI
Ann Lundquist, Bemidji, MN
Dr. Mike Wu, Fort Frances, ON
Dr. Carol Begin, Fort Frances, ON
Julie Ehrman, International Falls, MN
Tammy Sjoblom, International Falls, MN
Duane Sjoblom, International Falls, MN
Joey Payeur, Devlin, ON
Evan Caul, Fort Frances, ON
Jessie Reed, International Falls, MN
Michelle Coulson, Fort Frances, ON
Colin Brown, International Falls, MN
Jordan Toole, International Falls, MN
Anonymous, International Falls, MN
Franceline Auclair, Fort Frances, ON
Caryn Myers,Fort Frances, ON
Emma Cunningham, Fort Frances, ON
Daniela Klicper, Fort Frances, ON
Sonya Zuber, Fort Frances, ON
Mackenzie Holloway, Fort Frances, ON
Kelsea Hunsperger, Fort Frances, ON
Sam Hawken, Fort Frances, ON
Daniel Strickland, Fort Frances, ON
Lauren McGregor, Fort Frances, ON
Hunter Sannes, International Falls, MN
Leif van Leirop, International Falls, MN
Darrell Martindale, Emo, ON
Dorion Chambers, Fort Frances, ON
Sherry Wood, Fort Frances, ON
Leona Jones, Fort Frances, ON
Sylvia Smeeth, Devlin, ON
Jake Feisell, Fort Frances, ON
Jessie Reed, International Falls, MN
Kamil Niemcyzk, Fort Frances, ON
Chris Calder, Honourary Member, Fort Frances, MN


Team Gear

Jersey $30 USD / $40 CAD  - Sizes XS - XXXL

Racerback $30 USD / $40 CAD  - Sizes XS - XXL


Jacket $60 USD / $80 CAD - Sizes XS - XXXL

CLUB FUNDRAISER:   Bluff $15 USD / $20 CAD 


CLUB FUNDRAISER:  Workout Shirt $30 USD/ $40 CAD - Sizes XS - XXXL 

FREE Weekly Poolside Paddle & Swim Lessons

Thank you to all who participated this winter season.  Looking forward to next year!

Coach Thorstad hosts a weekly session at the I-Falls High School Pool throughout the off-season. The cost is only the $2 pool fee per session. Email for more information.