Boston 1 is run completely by volunteers who are passionate about the sport and being on the team. Without the hard work and dedication of these members, B1 wouldn’t be as strong as it is today.
Along with former Head Coach Andy and former Head Coach Vince, Lily co-Founded the Boston 1 Dragon Boat team in the winter 2013. Lily served as Head Coach until 2015, was an assistant coach up until 2018, and is currently acting as head coach once again. Lily started dragon boating in 2009 and began coaching in 2011. In 2015 Lily spent one season learning more paddling and coaching skills with the Dragon Boat East Club head coached by dragon boat legend Albert MacDonald in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Lily enjoys coaching a whole range of paddlers: from teaching technique to new paddlers to steering high-stakes competitive boats in international events. Lily’s greatest pleasure in coaching is to see dragon boat bring out the best in her paddlers: whether it’s breaking through physical boundaries or self growth and improvement.
After high school graduation, my mother told me there is this group of awesome people who like to paddle in the salty waters of the Boston Harbor. I’m quite the introvert, so I thought I’d come out and make some new friends while I learn a new sport. I joined in a heartbeat, thanks to Boston One’s captivating personality since day one. I experienced many of my firsts with the team: First time drumming. First time yelling at a group of strangers to paddle harder during a race. First time completing an unassisted pull-up. First time taking a drink. First time competing at an international level. First time taking gold in a race. Now I’m obsessed with pull-ups and lifting heavy things. I also like to paint and read science novels.
Boston One is a wonderful group of welcoming, adventure-loving, and competitive people that I am honored to be a part of. And I am privileged to be an assistant coach to share what I have learned in the past seasons with everyone. Don’t be afraid of the water!
I started Dragon Boat thinking I’d splash around on the water and meet 40 new people to grab beers with. Next thing I knew my competitive athlete side was reborn and I wanted to help my team win!
I started Dragon Boat in 2016 and I credit our amazing coaches for how far I’ve come in such a short time. I had the honor of competing at the 2017 IDBF World Championships in Kunming, China as a member of the US Women’s Premier National Team. Premier women took home a Gold, Silver, and Bronze for the first time in USA history.
Now as an assistant coach, I want to give back and raise the competitive bar for Dragon Boat in Boston. I am ready to encourage and train with the next team USA teammates to reach their goals. I also want to bring the joy of Dragon Boat to anyone interested while maintaining the joy and fun that makes Boston 1 unique.
Hweedo was introduced to the world of dragon boat in 2012 on a fluke, motivated by fear of university’s freshman 15. Luckily, he fell in love with the sport and more substantially his teammates.
Since then, he’s led and grown his team from a 40-member recreational club to a 90-member high performance brigade of elite paddlers. He’s led the University of Toronto Engineering Iron Dragons as its Communications Director, President, Coach and Captain, leaving behind a legacy including 3 consecutive National Champions titles, 500 buckets of sweat, and a team culture of co-mentorship and allegiance to a common vision.
Along the way, he’s had the privilege to race with some of the fastest teams in the world including the New Dragons Racing Club at the 2014 Club Crews World Championship in Italy and most recently the Canadian National Team at the 2017 World Nations Championships in France. None of his accomplishments would have been possible without the support of phenomenal coaches, teammates and friends. He lifts sometimes… just kidding. He has no idea wtf he’s doing…
His #1 tip for bettering yourself: learn the basics, ask questions and help one another.
Current Board Members
In my 6 years of dragon boat racing, I’ve had the privilege to race / manage / coach some of the fastest teams in the world including University of Toronto Engineering Iron Dragons, the New Dragons Racing Club and in 2017 the Canadian National Team. I also failed making the National Team in 2015; I was once by far the slowest and weakest paddler in the boat; and there were many points throughout my life when I felt that everything was falling apart. We all started somewhere and have gone through shit. Be real. Be genuine. Let’s push each other to better ourselves as athletes as human beings and as a team.
Raised with a paddle in her hand since the age of 6, Maria grew up on, in, and around water in Ontario, Canada. She first discovered Dragon Boat in Calgary, Canada, and then became truly immersed in it after moving to Boston in 2016 to start a PhD and finding Boston 1. The team’s energy and dedication drew her instantly and she is thrilled to be contributing to help the team thrive — and to developing her fitness and paddling abilities. She looks forward to welcoming new team members and paddling together throughout the summer!
Sam first came to a Boston 1 practice in August 2015, when a friend of hers insisted she come try this sport he was doing, even though she wanted nothing to do with it. She fell in love with it and vowed to join for the 2016 season. Having spent her entire childhood playing team sports, she didn’t realize how much she missed them until she tried dragon boating. Boston 1 filled that gap in her life and provided a sense of community and competition that have become central to her being. Now, 3 years after discovering her joy for paddling, she has competed in more than 10 races around the US & internationally and is excited to give back to the team that has helped her grow not only as an athlete but as a person.
I believe in working hard so that you can play hard. One of the things that makes Boston 1 unique is that we are a group of young professionals who like to hang out together. We want to come together as a unit and support each other on and off the boat. Whether it’s drinks after practice or hikes in NH, come out and get to know us.
Having spent many years thinking she was bad at all sports, Katherine nevertheless decided to try a Boston 1 practice in June 2016 after being invited by a friend. She came totally unprepared without water shoes or even a water bottle, and could barely get out of bed the next morning because everything hurt. For some reason though she kept coming back, drawn by the team’s unique energy and her own determination to get better. Today she considers sticking with dragon boating one of the best decisions she’s ever made and hopes to prove to anxious newbies that by showing up to practice with a good attitude and willingness to work hard, you absolutely will get better.
Jess stumbled upon B1 two summers ago, hoping to make some new friends and get a good workout. She has considered this to be one of her best decisions upon starting university in Boston. Since then she has finally completed a pull up, unintentionally knocked one of the head coaches over the boat, and decided to take on the team’s social media position.