Colorado Paddler Strokes for Team USA in Dragon Boat World Championships

Michael J. Boyd, Captain and Head Coach of the local Phantom Dragons team, raced in the coveted right stroke position on Team USA’s Senior C Mixed crew in the 12th IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships, held in Welland, Ontario this August.  For dragon boaters, this is the pinnacle event – the equivalent of what the Olympic Games represents for more conventional sports.  Notably, Boyd is the first paddler from Colorado to try out for and be selected to race on a World Championship level dragon boat team.  Needless to say, he considered this experience to be the event of a lifetime!

Michael J. Boyd / Team USA Senior C Mixed 2015

Michael J. Boyd / Team USA Senior C Mixed 2015

The Team USA Senior C crew paddled with determination and heart in the 2000-meter, 500-meter and 200-meter divisions, setting a National Record for their time in the 200 meter races.  However, the combined time for their two fastest (of three) heats in that division left them a scant 0.22 seconds behind Germany in the race for third place – heartbreakingly close, but just off the podium and out of the medals.  

Photos / Video

Here is a video of their Final Race in the 200-Meter Division.

Senior C Mixed 200-Meter Finals

Also check out Mike’s interview with Richard Smith of Belief Sport TV that provided live online coverage of the event . . .

Michael J. Boyd Interview – IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships

Additional Photos are posted here:

2015 IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships










Michael Boyd to Race on Team USA in Dragon Boat World Championships

In less than two weeks, Michael Boyd, Captain and Head Coach of the local Phantom Dragons team, will be racing in the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships in Welland, Ontario.

Those wanting to follow the racing action can do so at the following site:

BeliefSport TV

If you’re in a position to contribute to this effort, see the documents linked to the image below:

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Boyd selected for Team USA Crew

Dragon Boat 2015 BannerMichael J. Boyd (Captain Bligh), DRACO President and Captain/Head Coach of the Phantom Dragons, has been formally selected to compete on the Team USA Senior C Mixed crew that will compete in the World Championships in Welland, Ontario in August!

MB DB ShotThe selections were made based on initial physical testing, followed by two separate three-day Tryout Camps that included two-a-day practices, weigh-ins, and a variety of performance tests, both on and off the water.

Now, the only remaining hurdle that he must overcome in order to compete is financial. To help, a RallyMe crowd-funding site set up at this link:

Go Team USA!!!

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Many thanks for your support!