Charlotte: Boaters seek paddlers

Carolinas News Notes

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: April 26, 2013 in Carolinas News Notes

One World Dragon Boat founder Denise Bauer after receiving a medal as member of the U.S. team at the 2012 international dragon boat championships in Milan.

One World Dragon Boat founder Denise Bauer after receiving a medal as member of the U.S. team at the 2012 international dragon boat championships in Milan.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolinas has a new sport from old roots to add to its repertoire of offerings.

The first of its kind here in the Tar Heel State, the LGBT dragon boat team, One World Dragon Boat (OWDB), is in the process of organizing and building its crew.

Originating in China over 2,000 years ago, this sport requires synchronization of its 22 individual paddlers to win heats. The team must learn to navigate the challenges of sharing space while depending upon technique and trust.

OWDB’s mission is to remove barriers of discrimination, bigotry and injustice that fragment society and keep people separate from each other.

It hopes to raise positive awareness of the LGBT community through “exposure and inclusion” by providing dragon boat education, training, clinics and festivals for the community at large. In the future, the team expects to be good will ambassadors of the sport while they participate in regional, national and international competitions.

Members will engage in strength and flexibility yoga at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 2508 N Davidson St., on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. On Saturdays from 9-10:15 a.m., practice will be held at Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Rd., in Cornelius.

info: oneworlddragonboat.org.

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