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Discovering the sport of dragon boating was a life-changing event for Kinesiology Prof. Brian Roy.
It was a discovery that has led him to the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships with both the open men’s and mixed senior ‘A’ Canadian national teams.
The competition is on until July 28 in Szeged, Hungary, with close to 3,000 athletes from around the world set to compete.
As a recreational paddler for most his life, Roy decided to give dragon boating a try while on sabbatical in Melbourne, Australia nearly five years ago. After joining a local club with his wife, the Roys were hooked.
Upon their return to Niagara, the couple searched for a competitive team to join. When they couldn’t find one, they decided to take the initiative to develop programs and get involved in the sport at all levels.