Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon Boat team is made up of seniors 50 plus and over. There are about 65 Tri-City members on the Team. In addition to their weekly practice, members of the Nothin’ Dragon team , volunteer to instruct Tri-City youth in dragon boating. The youth program has been operating for four years and the seniors have coached ten or more students each year with practice sessions 1 1/2 hrs each week in the spring and fall.
In 2013, the Nothin’ Dragon team applied for and received a Spirit of Coquitlam grant to expand the program and train the youth so the Kateslem team can compete in the Burnaby Youth Dragon Boat Race on May 31st, 2013. There will be approximately 30 youngsters in the program in 2013. Through the grant the
students will receive PFDs (life-jackets) and paddling gloves and some funds will be available for transportation. The 2013 program takes place at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and will start on April 18th and continue up to the end of May.
The goal of the program is to encourage youth in healthy physical activity and develop team building. Mentoring with seniors is seen as a positive benefit to both the seniors and the youth.