Fort Langley Canoe Club Dragonboaters qualify for 2014 world championships

The Fort Langley Canoe Club paddlers showed the depth of their paddling prowess at three different Dragonboat regattas.

Three elite women’s teams — Abreast with Fortitude, Fast and Furious and Titanium competed at the Canadian nationals club crew championships, which were held at Elk Lake near Victoria on Aug. 24 and 25.

Abreast with Fortitude, competing in the breast cancer survivors division, won silver.

Fast and Furious (49+ women’s senior B division) rallied from a slow start on the first day to battle back and take fourth in their division.

And Titanium, comprised mainly of paddlers new to the sport, came in ninth in the senior women’s C division.

All three showed well enough to qualify for the 2014 club crew world championships, which will be held in Ravenna, Italy from Sept. 3 to 7.

Three members of FLCC, who trained and raced with the False Creek Racing Canoe Club, also medaled in the mixed and open senior C division with FCRCC and are Ravenna-bound, as well.

FLCC’s FORTified mixed and Phoenix women’s dragon boat teams won gold and silver, respectively, at the B.C. Seniors Games held in Kamloops.  FORTified, dominated the semi-finals and won a thrilling final by a scant 0.07 seconds.  In five years of competing at the Games, FORTified now owns the distinction of earning three gold medals and Phoenix, a gold and silver in its two years of participation in the Games.

Closer to home, FLCC recreational / competitive women’s and mixed teams also competed at the 2013 Steveston Challenge regatta over the Labour Day weekend.

Fort Fury (first) and Dragon Alliance (third) medaled in the women’s A division championship.  Fraser Dragons had a similarly strong showing with a gold in women’s B division championship.  The medals podium in the women’s C devision championship was crowded by Dragon Spirit (first and Dragonflies (thirrd).  In the mixed team divisions, Fort Fusion (fifth in mixed C division championship missing medals by scant 0.03 seconds) and SOAR (fourth in mixed E division championship) all rounded out FLCC’s domination of this regatta.

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