Monthly Archives: March 2009

Emilie Quevillion, talented peformer, and ex-Gung Haggis dragon boat paddler is featured on French CBC television Wednesday March 4

Emilie grabs the flag at the 2007 Vancouver Taiwanese Dragon Boat Race. – photo VFK

Hello Gung Haggis paddlers…

You will remember Emilie Quevillion, who paddled with us in 2007, post Alcan to the UBC Day of the Long Boat races.

She was imortalized into Gung Haggis history in photo finish pictures at the Vancouver Taiwanese Dragon Boat Races (see above).

At a team party hosted by Georgia, Emilie showed us a video tape of her performing in a musical theatre piece in Montreal.  We
were amazed that this petite dragon boat paddler with the Quebecois French accent was SO TALENTED!

See Emile on French CBC Television/ Radio-Canada tomorrow!!!

AGENTE DE BORD ÉTOILE : Émilie Quevillon

La talentueuse agente de bord d'Air Transat fait escale au Match. Avec sa chorégraphe Émilie Leblanc, elle nous promet un magnifique jazz !

Chanson: Roxie de Fred Ebb & John Kander

See below for the message the Emilie sent to me,
Cheers, Todd

— On Mon, 3/2/09, emilie quevillon wrote:

Received: Monday, March 2, 2009, 8:37 PM

Bonjour !
Juste un petit mot pour vous dire que c'est ce mercredi ( 4 mars ) que je danse au match des étoiles à Radio Canada.
De 20h à 21h
Vous pourrez voir des photos de l'enregistrement au :
 Je suis également en entrevue à Radio Boomers ( am ) demain ( mardi le 3mars à 14h30)  :
À bientôt 🙂

Join a dragon boat team that specializes in interculturalism… Gung Haggis Fat Choy

Join a dragon boat team that specializes in multicultural and community activities:
Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team

Emilie grabs the flag at the 2007 Vancouver Taiwanese Dragon Boat Race. – photo VFK

Hope you can join us for a wonderful
season of dragon boat paddling.  2008 was an AWESOME year

for the
Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.

This team balances paddling with fun social and cultural events, with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

The team has won medals in Vancouver, Victoria, Portland OR, and Vernon.
We have also raced at Harrison, Kent WA, and Cultus Lake.

And… the team has been featured on local, national and international television such as:
Global TV, CBC TV, ZDF Germany, France 3.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team practices 

Sundays 11am – 1pm

Tuesdays begin March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
at 6:00 sharp to 7:45 pm

All practices are from Dragon Zone, at Creekside Park

Southeast corner of False Creek

look for Green trailer building

South of Science World – just above aqua bus ferries.

Parking – park on the street. Try Quebec or 2nd Ave.

pay parking available at Science World – no parking on city lot anymore.

Price for Spring paddling is $105 each, and will cover boat rental, coaching, and paddling until November.

Other races cost additional.

Price for Summer paddling is aproximately $120 each, and
will cover boat rental, coaching, plus registration for one summer
race.  Additional summer races are aproximately $30-$80 each.

We will definitely race the following, as we have for many years…

May 2       Lotus Sports Club “Bill Alley Memorial Dragon Boat Regatta” (Burnaby)
June 7        Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat regatta
June 20-21
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival – Vancouver
July 25/26 GreaterVernon Dragon Boat Festival (Kalamalka Lake, Vernon BC)
Sept 5/6    Vancouver
International Taiwanese Dragon Boat Race
UBC Day of the Long Boats
Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Canoe Regatta

other races to consider – depending on interest
April 25    200m Dash – Deep Cove, North Vancouver
July 11th    Kent-Seattle
Dragon Boat Races
(Lake Meridien, Kent WA),
July 19      
Richmond Dragon Boat Festival – UBC Boathouse, Richmond,
Aug 14/15  15th Annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival – Inner Harbour, Victoria, BC, Canada

2008 highlights include:

FEB: We started the 2008 season by having our first practice filmed for a Global TV news story about the Best in BC
as part of a news
series highlighting what makes BC world class.  We represented cultural

MARCH:  we put some Chinese dragons and lions into the Celtic Fest’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
In the first three years of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, we have put a
Taiwanese dragon boat into the parade,

APR: We hosted Vancouver’s Tartan Day Celebration with a proclamation reading by the deputy mayor Raymond Louie

MAY: We won the team spirit award at the Lotus Sports Club Bill Alley regatta.

JUNE: We improved to Rec C at the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Race. 

JULY/AUG : We raced in finals in Vernon and the Vancouver Taiwanese dragon boat races.

OCT: And… we placed both boats in the A Final of the Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Canoe Regatta.

Our highlights from 2007 included winning a gold medal in B division at
the 3rd annual Greater Vernon Dragon Boat Festival, held on Kalamalka
Lake.  This is one of our favorite races, and we plan to be returning
to “lake of many colours.”

In 2007, we raced 7 dragon boat races + 2 voyageur canoe races.  We were filmed for German Public Television ZDF for the program “Toronto to Vancouver by Train”

a) We became the poster faces for Kilts Night at Doolin’s Irish Pub, every 1st Thursday each month.
b) We raced at the Lotus Sports Club dragon boat regatta at Burnaby’s Barnet Marine Park
c) UBC Day of the Long Boat – 8 voyageur canoes bumping into each other
d) Two Gung Haggis teams at the Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Canoe regatta – our beginner/fun team beat our advanced paddlers!

Will we have 1 or 2 teams?
team is now confirmed for the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival – but if
enough new people come on board, we can expand to two teams –
Recreation and Beginner.

have a lot of people returning + some experienced paddlers, and we have lots of
interest from wanna-be paddlers.

invite friends to come out to try dragon boating over the next two
weeks, before the boat starts going TOO FAST!

contact me by e-mail:    gunghaggisdragon at g mail dot com
home phone: 604 -987- 7124

Cheers, Todd Wong

Pictures from 2005
Drummer Todd with Flag Grabber Ed on The Eh? Team at Taiwanese Dragon
Boat Race, featured in a 2007 scholastic textbook – “Literacy in Action”
2) Todd with Dave Samis, at Sea Vancouver Festival for dragon head carving tent

Dragon Boat practices for Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team now on Sundays 11am @ Dragon Zone

Dragon boat practices for the Gung Haggis Fat Choy team have now started.

Lotus Team by you.

Here is the Gung Haggis dragon boat team at last year's Lotus Sports Club Bill Alley dragon boat regatta last May '08.

braved the February waters of False Creek last weekend on Feb 22nd,  for a wonderful practice to
shake out the winter blahs.  It was good to see friends and new

Our recruiting agent/paddler Raphael Fang has written this invitation to paddle:

We invite you to join Vancouver’s MOST
 FUN dragon boat team
for a season of fun on and off the water.   
We have an enthusiastic and dedicated core of veteran paddlers
and welcome new paddlers.
We will give you a season
full of festivals on and off the water
Choose one race or more:
(Burnaby, RTA regatta, RTA Festival, Vernon, Vancouver Taiwanese,
UBC Longboat, Ft. Langley + more as team decides. 
We have also raced in Kent WA, Portand OR,
Victoria BC, Kelowna BC)

We emphasize fun, and we bring a good commitment to our practices to always improve.
We share a love for dragon boat paddling and the community, and have
inspired people to start their own teams, and also paddle competitively.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dragon Boat team is an Adult Recreational Team.  We
practice out of Dragon Zone on Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings. 
It is a full body work out and is very low impact.

Our coach is Todd Wong, a leader in the
 dragon boat community and Vancouver.
Todd has taken coaching clinics for dragon boats,
NCCP training (National Coaching Certification Program),
plus studied sports psychology.

Other supplementary exercise activities enhance our season.  We hike up
the Grouse Grind, we snow shoe, we paddle marathon canoe.
We are planning bike rides, roller blades and ice skating too!.

Our paddlers love to emphasize carbohydrate replenishment after a practice.
Aside from nourishing our bodies, it also nourishes our soul.  It
will strengthen the bonds among the paddles.  It will make us stronger and
powerful when we hit the water.

We are recruiting paddlers of all levels.  All equipment is supplied and
instruction will be provided by our experience coaches. 
Swimming ability is not an issue – as PFD's are provided.

We hope to fill two boats for the 09 season and the seats are going fast.
Boat to boat races
 during practice are the BEST! 
Our first practice will be on February 22 at 11am.   

For immediate consideration, please contact

We practice at Dragon Zone, just south of Science World

Sundays 11am

Tuesday 6pm, (starting March 10th)

New team management:
Tzhe Lam has stepped into management to allow Coach Todd to focus more on coaching.  Thank you Tzhe!

New team format:
pay to join “The Club” for paddling sessions 2 X week
then “add on” races you want to attend.

Contact Tzhe at
Contact Todd at 778-846-7090

Check out team website and stories: