I’ve been Dragon Boat paddling since April 2016 for the Phantom Dragons/Pink Phantoms.
I attended a Pink Hat Tea Celebration for Breast Cancer Survivors with a friend who was a survivor. I saw the dragon boat display, and decided I would try out as a breast care supporter due to many friends and relatives having breast cancer. I was immediately hooked on Dragon Boat paddling, and have competed in multiple events in Colorado and Arizona. I love the team spirit and friendly competition. It’s a great sport to promote health and happiness, and collect a little bling!
Christina Miranda joined the Phantom Dragons in 2016 after a life-long search for a sport that would not involve balls whizzing straight at her admittedly large target of a noggin. Christina loves the sound of the water swishing off the sides of the dragon boat, and being able to see the finish line while paddling.
Christina has participated in dragon boat races with the Phantom Dragons at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Denver, and events in Grand Lake, Colorado and Tempe, Arizona. She looks forward to joining the team in more exotic racing locales such as San Francisco and Portland. In her off the water life, Christina is proud to serve in the Air Force Reserves, and at the Colorado Department of Labor.
We continue to make minor improvements to DRACO’s new, second-generation pool paddling simulator (Sinker), and it is proving to be a great hit with our Phantom Dragons and new BCS paddlers. Below are photos taken during recent practice sessions.
Pool Simulator Practice Photos
Phantom Dragons paddlers, ready for “Sinker’s” maiden voyage!
By way of introduction, my name is Sophie Schwedland, a paddler for a local team. I am a two-time Breast Cancer Survivor for whom paddling & rowing are the only relief I have for my muscles on my reconstructed side. I have been paddling for 3 months.
Michael Boyd (a/k/a Captain Bligh!), Captain and Head Coach of the Phantom Dragons, just launched a RallyMe crowdfunding campaign to further his efforts to race with Team USA in the IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Welland, Ontario this August. Please check out the site, and the attached video, at this link: