MONTREAL, JUNE 9, 2009- On Thursday, June 11 over 100 Grade 6 students from three English Montreal School Board (EMSB) elementary schools - Royal Vale in N.D.G, Gerald McShane in Montreal North and Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau in Rosemount- will compete in a dragon boat race on the Lachine Canal.
Initiated and coordinated by dragon boat event specialists Corporate Dragon, this first-of-its-kind event will act as the last big outdoors sporting activity of the children’s elementary school years. The organizers sincerely believe in the importance of the role dragon boating can play in the personal development of the children, and that is why they have decided to operate this event as a non-profit initiative. Dragon boating is a sport in which physical strength, although an important factor, is not necessary to succeed: the winning team is the one that best works together. As Robin Hornstein, founder and CEO of Corporate Dragon puts it: “This is a great lesson to pass on to the next generation!”
This event would not have been possible without the dedication of Norman Katz, physical education teacher at Royal Vale Elementary School. He is the one who has secured the collaboration of other EMSB schools, thereby making this a community event the organizers hope is the first of many.
Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition, where up to twenty people, divided in two rows, paddle in unison to the beat of a drum with the common goal of outpacing the boat(s) of the challenging team(s).