TORONTO - The Ryerson Dragon Boat (RDB) Club hosted and competed in the fifth annual Ontario University Indoor Dragon Boat Championships on January 28.

Hosted in Ryerson's Student Learning Centre, over 130 paddlers came together to compete with the use of KayakPro (D-1M) ergometers. This was the third time that RDB has hosted the event, and the second time it was hosted in the SLC. Paddlers raced in qualifying 250m races, and 500m finals, with some paddlers volunteering to participate in a team relay race. Teams across Ontario were represented by their paddlers, from the University of Guelph to McMaster University. Even paddlers from Montreal’s True Grit Dragon Boat Club, a joint team consisting of students from University of Montréal, Concordia University and McGill University, came out to compete.

Ryerson was well-represented with 60 paddlers competing in the event, and even more members of the Ryerson community coming out to support the Rams. Fourth-year student Jodie Yew only joined the club this season, but says she enjoyed participating in the event. She says that she was satisfied with how she performed, but was even happier to cheer on her teammates.

“I’m very happy with the times that I did. For my qualifying and my finals, I think I did show some improvement,” says Yew. “I wasn’t worried about doing super well for myself, but it was great supporting my teammates.”

This was Yew’s first time competing for RDB, and she says she would participate in OUIC again.

“I think this is a really great event. It really brings people together. We were all strangers when we came in here, and now I know so many more people,” says Yew.

The Rams finished strong at the competition with many of the paddlers making it onto the podium. Many of the team’s rookie paddlers were the ones to medal at the competition. Frankie Granados finished second in the rookie men A final race, Sina Afghanian finished second in the rookie men lightweight A final, and Dana Magistrado finished second in the rookie women lightweight A final. Ulana Salyk, Vivian Zheng, and Raylene Ng swept the podium for the rookie women A final race.

Three of RDB’s paddlers also made it onto the podium in the competitive finals. Erin Evite finished in third for the competitive women A final, and Akshita Tandon came in third and Olivia Nashmi in first place for the competitive women lightweight A final. Evite and Nashmi are currently trying out for the national dragon boat team in hopes to represent Canada.

For the full listings of results from OUIC visit http://www.p3paddlezone.ca/files/OUIC-2017_official_results.pdf