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That’s Mr. Secretary To You

December 15, 2008

It’s official.  

I have been appointed Dragon Boat USA’s Secretary.  

What is Dragon Boat USA you ask?  

It’s the official branch of the U.S. Canoe & Kayak’s (USACK) dedicated to growing the sport of dragon boat.  USACK falls under the International Canoe Federation (ICF).  The ICF is responsible for, among other things, Olympic paddling.  To give you some reference, the 2006 Taiwan World Championship some LARD members participated in was an ICF event.

On the other side, as most of you know, the United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF) which is aligned with the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) has been the main entities behind dragon boat for quite some time and is responsible for its growth (or lack thereof).  The National Championship held in Long Beach was a USDBF event.

The ICF/USACK is a relatively new player to dragon boating but has the track record to expand the sport and give dragon boating the exposure we all know it deserves so much.  With the ICF/USACK backing dragon boat, our sport has more of a chance of getting into the Olympics.  If our sport continues with IDBF/USDBF, be prepared to continue trying to explain to people what dragon boating is for a very long time.

Should be fun….

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2008 11:12 pm

    Does that mean you have to play nice with Mike Haslam and the IDBF?

  2. paddlesports permalink*
    December 15, 2008 11:49 pm

    Am I ever nice to anyone? 😉

  3. December 16, 2008 3:13 am

    Mr Secretary, will you have non-preconditioned diplomatic talks with the USDBF? Are you going to attempt peace agreements in DBwest? Do you think it even possible to make peace in Forum 54?

  4. paddlesports permalink*
    December 16, 2008 7:14 am

    And we all thought Barack Obama had serious issues to deal with…

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