"Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you."
Now recruiting Senior A and B athletes for Sarasota in 2022.
CSDC is committed to being the #1 Senior team in not only Ontario, but in Canada. We are always on the lookout for paddlers who will help us get there. Think you’ve got what it takes? We’d love to meet you! Read on to learn more about our upcoming events and to see how you can become a part of our journey.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Born to Compete
CSDC was originally founded in 2003 after the World Championships in Poznan Poland. It was formed specifically to represent Canada in the Senior Divisions for IDBF World Championships.
Our paddlers have competed in regattas all over the world over the last 18 years.
We have raced in Shanghai, Sydney, Berlin, Macau, Penang, Kunming, Szeged and all across Canada.
If you can't tell, we are passionate about the sport. That being said, we strive for a balance between family, work, and dragon boating.
We train year round, and we train hard under the guidance of our coach - Peter Buday
He comes from a family of successful paddlers. His father, Tamas, won Olympic bronze at the Montreal games in 1976 and his brothers, Attila and Tamas Jr., competed for Canada in three Olympics. Peter made the Junior National Team in 1996 and is a multiple National Champion in Sprint Kayaking.
In 1997 he joined the National Dragon Boat Team and was very successful during his 8 years with the team, highlighted by winning 5 World Championship titles.
Peter served as Co Director of the Canadian Senior B National Dragon Boat Program for 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Peter has been the coach for CSDC since 2013. He successfully guided the team to four Senior A Championships. (2013, 2015 2016, and 2018)
The Answers You Need before joining CSDC
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN CSDC?
You should be at least 39+ years old.
There is the expectation here for a high level of fitness in order to compete for CSDC. If you are not at that level, you will need to have a plan to get yourself there to compete with this team.
Also paddling experience is an asset.
Please speak with our execs if you have any questions.
WHAT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT IS EXPECTED?
We require a HIGH Level of commitment to practices, fitness level, and regattas.
That being said, we all live busy lives. Work, family, and training combined is a tough combination for most people.
We understand there is a balance that needs to exist for most paddlers, and everyone has an unique set of circumstances.
Again if you have any questions, please talk to the team manager or coach directly to see if a balance can be found for your situation.
WHERE DO YOU TRAIN? AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We train out of the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club (1391 Lakeshore Blvd W), and our rates are on par with most competitive teams in the area.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN CSDC?
We are one of the top Senior (39+) Programs in not only Canada, but in the world.
8 Time National Champions
We are a team of grinders, there are no superstars.
We believe that there is balance between family, work, and paddling.
Performances of Distinction
15 YEARS OF RACING
Our story is about our paddlers. A 18 year journey that has taken us around the world many times over. From Club Crews to our contribution to the National Team Program, we have been there from the beginning.
This is our small way of thanking them for their contribution to the story of CSDC.
The success of our team has been built on the shoulders of those that came before us. We build not only on our successes but our failures, and strive to just be better. We might not always succeed, but no one can ever question the blood, sweat, and tears that has gone into this team.
So again, thank you to all those that have been part of our story.
“"You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take."