Dragon Hearts is a dragon boat racing club based in Vancouver. We are a fun, energetic, sociable group with a passion for paddling. Whether you are totally new to paddling or have an ache to be competitive, we have a team that will suit your needs. Find out which team you belong to.
Wall of Fame
John, Co-founder of Dragon Hearts
John Ko is co-founder of Dragon Hearts, established in 1995. Dragon Hearts is dedicated to introduce people to the sport, to train paddlers, to provide logistic support, and to manage teams. Dragon Hearts handles strategic support for the dragon boat teams, including Dragon Hearts Breaker, Dragon Hearts Thunderbreaker, Dragon Hearts Attack!, and Dragon Hearts Burn!!. The goal is to encourage people of all ages, sexes, ethnic backgrounds, and sizes to participate. (You do not need to be tall and strong to join! We’ll make you strong, but unfortunately, we can’t make you taller.)
Mich, General Manager from 2011 to 2012
Mich Soga, a passionate woman of DH Go-ju Go, is the general manager for the club from 2011 to 2012. With her management style and enthusiastic attitude, the club flourished like never before.
Marjorie, Executive up to 2011
Marjorie Wong, former co-ordinator at the Chinese Community Policing Centre (CCPC), is a passionate dragon boat supporter for many years. While in that role, Marjorie decides to organize an activity to strengthen the bonds between CCPC volunteers. Having paddled previously, she connects with John who is more than happy to support a new dragon boat team, that team later becomes Dragon Hearts Beat. Marjorie (since 2009) paddles with DH Go-ju Go, and is general manager for the club from 2008-2010.
A Word of Appreciation
Putting a team together is not easy– recruiting members, finding sponsors, finding a coach, scheduling practices, organizing luncheons and meetings, making hotel reservations when we go out of town– not to mention all those hours that we don’t see. Without Marjorie and John, and everyone who put their valuable time in, we would still be sitting at home in front of the computer or TV! (Okay, we still do, but less.)
Thanks for helping us learn and grow.