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"Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you."

Anonymous

 
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CSDC

Now recruiting Senior A, B and C athletes for Ravenna, Italy  in 2024.

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.

 
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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 19 years.

We have raced in Shanghai, Sydney, Berlin, Macau, Penang, Tampa, Kunming, Szeged, Pattaya, Sarasota 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 coaches - Peter Buday and Brad Bridger

 
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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)

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BRAD BRIDGER

Brad joins the team in the role of Senior C Coach. Brad brings over 20 years experience of coaching Dragon Boat.  Brad provided coach support to both the Junior and Senior A programs for the 2019 WDBRC. Brad also steered for both the Senior A and Junior programs at the WDBRC. We are excited to have Brad join CSDC.

 

FAQ

The Answers You Need before  joining CSDC

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN CSDC?

Pretty simple.


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.

We also have premiered our 49+ and 59+ teams at CCWC 2022 and medaled in both divisions.  Looking to build on the successes here in 2023 and 2024.

8 Time National Champions

Our paddlers have worked hard to get where they are at.  There is a sense of accountability for your own fitness level that meshes with the training that is provided that needs to happen for you to be successful.

We believe that there is balance between family, work, and paddling that must exist.  This is the main difference between us and many other clubs that require a more stringent training regiment.

HIGHLIGHTS

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. 

REMEMBER WHAT DRAGON BOATING IN TORONTO WAS LIKE?

Dragon Boat in 2020-2021 was not what we expected. In fact it didn't happen. CSDC made the best of it.

LIFE BEGINS

Life Begins at the end of your comfort zone.

OUR COACH

Having a great coach plays an important part of our success. We beleive we have one of the best in the business.

CSDC LOOKING TOWARDS 2024...

Remember when things were normal? Just a reminder of why we do this. Denny, Jutta, and Lynn pretty much summed it up during the interview of some of the National Team paddlers that had recently come back from competing in Thailand in 2019. Looking to get back in the dragonboat this spring. We will have multiple crews, practicing head to head this year. Nothing like another boat beside you to get the competitive vibe flowing. We are still recruiting Senior A, B, and C paddlers to compete in the 2022 Nationals in Montreal this Summer.

SZEGED 2018 CLUB CREW CHAMPIONSHIPS

A video diary of our journey to Szeged for the 2018 Club Crew Championships.


It was an adventure filled with palinka, gelato, and roundabouts. 

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“"You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take."

Wayne Gretzky