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.
I started paddling in 2007 on DOD, a Montreal community team, while becoming its captain in the following year. In 2009, I helped found a new crew at McGill University, DBZ, which performed incredibly well locally. By the end of 2011, DBZ was passed on to the younger generation as I again helped found two new teams in parallel: The Alumni and TrueGrit, a premier and U23 team respectively. In 2012, I competed in the Club Crew World Championships in Hong Kong, representing my home club 22Dragons, and won two bronze medals. With The Alumni, on the other hand, we became the overall U23 Champion at the 2012 Canadian Nationals. 2012 is also the year I started officially coaching for both DOD and the University of Montreal, a team founded by my better half Jeannie Medeiros Charbonneau. By 2013, I was able to secure a spot on the mixed and men crews for the U24 Canadian National Team, taking home all of the 8 gold medals at the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.
Currently, I hold the DBC Level 1 Coaching Community certification and am acting as one of the head coaches of the Boston One Dragon Boat Team. For me, dragon boat isn’t just a hobby or a thing I do on the weekend… It’s a lifestyle. And I hope to share my passion with you in the near future! Cheers!
I previously paddled for 3 years with the UCSD DB Club. I was initially tricked to paddle by promises of laser tag. Sure, I finally laser tagged, won a lot of medals including gold in the U23 USA championships, and beat our fierce rivals, but memorably, my team became my closest friends.
Since moving to Boston I have been lucky to befriend and paddle with a new, wonderful group of fun and strong paddlers. I’ve improved immensely since my first year and this year, I’m training hard to compete in Club Crew Nationals and hopefully our pie in the sky plan is Club Crew World’s. I can’t imagine a better way to spend the summer than with my friends on the water.
Besides paddling, I support Man Utd, drum, collect too many cookbooks, and fall into medicine/art/architecture/fashion wiki rabbit holes.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Coffee, Caramel Buzz (formerly known as, Bonaroo Buzz) Crunchy, salty, chewy, slightly bitter and smoky — all things ice cream can be and should aspire to be.
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