Canada had tremendous success at the recent International Dragon Boat Federation’s World Club Crew Championships. Over 30 countries and 6000 athletes competed in July to race in the 200m, 500m and 2k distances in Szeged, Hungary. Canada dominated the competitions.
More specifically, Pickering Dragon Boat Club raced the Grand Finals with all crews and every Senior and Junior Crew making it to the podium. Mirja Raita paddled on a women’s and mixed crew and the mixed crew won gold in each division for the Senior B category, the women’s team took silver in the 2k race.
Her 14-year-old daughter Jennifer, who will be attending Bill Crothers High School this year, won four silvers, one gold and one bronze paddling for her women’s, mixed and open crews. She paddled with the Junior A team.
This success followed winning Gold at the Canadian Nationals in Welland on the July long weekend.
Mother and daughter are now both hoping to secure a seat on the Canadian National team.
Photo: Mirja and Jennifer Raita show off their gold medals.