2012 Team List
Tacoma Dragon Boat Association Destiny Dragons – WASHINGTON http://www.tacomadragonboat.org/ TDBA (Tacoma Dragon Boat Association) is a year round paddling club. Our members paddle for recreation or competition. Click on the “Practice Schedule” to find out more about when and where we practice. Our motto is fun, fitness, and fellowship for people who love being outdoors. TDBA members range in age from 18 to over 80, and come from a wide range of professions. TDBA is the home of the Destiny Dragons, named for the moniker by which Tacoma, Washington has been known for over 80 years, the City of Destiny.
Las Vegas Honey Badgers – NEVADA Recreation team made up of business professionals from Southern Nevada looking for an excuse to come to the Flathead and have a great time.
The Flathead Flames – MONTANA http://flatheadflames.org/web/ Flathead Valley Hockey Association (FVHA) is a non-profit organization established in January 2007. The organization was formed for the purpose of creating, organizing, administering and managing youth hockey programs to be offered in Kalispell and the surrounding areas including Bigfork, Lakeside, Somers and Evergreen. FVHA operates entirely on volunteer efforts. Flathead Valley Hockey Association also owns the ice skating rink and manages the community skate center located at Woodland Park. Woodland Ice Center is open to the public for public skate, men’s and women’s adult hockey programs, school and group events as well as the youth hockey program.
First Descents Fliers – COLORADO / MONTANA http://firstdescents.org/ First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors (ages 18 to 39) a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.
Flathead Valley Community College Academic Avengers – MONTANA http://www.fvcc.edu/ Flathead Since 1967, Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) has promoted excellence in lifelong learning, focused on student success and community needs. Since early fall of 2012, FVCC has promoted excellence in dragon boating, focused on spirited endeavor and strenuous revelry. The Academic Avengers are proud to include several local veterans amongst our paddlers.
Glacier Country Tourism – MONTANA http://www.glaciermt.com/ Welcome to Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Over the years, our corner of Montana (the westernmost region) has fine-tuned our reputation as an outdoor hotspot with—what we like to call—the perfect splash of culture.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County, Team Big Dragons - MONTANA http://www.bbbsfc.org/ Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and other sin the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving: Higher aspirations;
Greater confidence; Better relationships; Avoidance of risky behaviors; and Educational success.
Pink Phurree – TEXAS http://www.pinkphurree.org/ PINK PHURREE is a year round dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors from Houston Texas. The team was formed by the original team the Draggin’ Queens, which participated in the 2005 October Regatta of the Texas Dragon Boat Regatta. In 2004, Dr. Yang, a radiation oncologist, with Bayshore Medical was riding his bicycle and noticed some unusual activities taking place in the bay in Clear Lake. He decided to investigate and found it was the Texas Dragon Boat Regatta. Upon learning more of this unusual event, he discovered that there were breast cancer survivor teams in Canada. He thought, why not Texas, as he treats breast cancer survivors. He teamed up with Bayshore Medical Physical Therapy Department and Dr. Haq to start a team.
Galko Geckos – ALBERTA/MONTANA http://www.galkomontana.com/ Galko Homes is, and has been a premiere award-winning homebuilder for over 40 years in Alberta and Montana. Our philosophy is simple. We build creative homes with unique features and superb quality that comes from decades of experience. Whether you’re in the market for a custom-built or pre-designed home, you can rely on the quality craftsmanship, distinct designs and exceptional customer service that have won us industry praise and customers for life.
A Ray of Hope – MONTANA http://www.arayofhopemontana.com/ A Ray of Hope is a 501c3 State and Federal tax-exempt organization formed to help those in need. Our primary focus is on helping families become functioning members of society and helping the hungry and homeless with their need when all else has failed them.
DREAM Boat – MONTANA http://www.dreamadaptive.org/ The mission of Dream Adaptive Recreation, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by providing year round outdoor adaptive recreational opportunities. “You Can Do It!” DREAM
Glacier Bank Drag’on for Dollars – MONTANA http://www.glacierbank.com/ Glacier Bank
Glacier Bank Monster Greenbacks – MONTANA http://www.glacierbank.com/ Glacier Bank
Golden Dragons – OREGON
Grey Matter Boat 1 – MONTANA
Grey Matter Boat 2 – MONTANA
Flathead High School Braves and Bravettes – MONTANA
Whitefish Credit Union Team Thunder – MONTANA With the Whitefish Credit Union teams, Thunder & Lightning, comprised of 42+ various WCU employees, family members and friends, the level of competiveness it at an all-time high! Watch out for WCU Team Thunder to flex their alpha muscles & egos with a lil’ friendly trash talk to their friends Team Lightning on race day.
Whitefish Credit Union Team Lightening – MONTANA With the Whitefish Credit Union teams, Thunder & Lightning, comprised of 42+ various WCU employees, family members and friends, the level of competiveness it at an all-time high! Watch out for WCU Team Lightning to show off their teamwork skills & the utilize the element of surprise to try and take down Team Thunder.
First Interstate Bank Liquid Assets – MONTANA
Mountain West Bank Marlins – MONTANA http://www.mtnwestbank.com The Marlins are a team comprised of friends, working mates, and customers pulling together to fight for a cause adn have fun doing it!
Kalispell Regional Medical Center Streamliners – MONTANA We are a multi-faceted, multi-facility group of health care employees working together to symbolize efforts to streamline health care for Northwest Montana…and beyond! Our team pulls together representation from IT, pharmacy, nursing, nuclear medicine, materials management, medical library, day care, PR, as well as outside clinics and services. Entities represented include Kalispell Regional Medical Center, St. Luke Community Hospital, Woodland Clinic, and Mountain Pacific Quality Health.
KRMC and Healthcenter Northern Exposure– MONTANA
KRMC Summit ‘NSync - MONTANA http://www.summithealthcenter.com Team of staff and colleagues who share a love for wellness and the Summit Medical Fitness Center. The Summit is a family-friendly fitness and wellness facility for all ages located at 205 Sunnyview Lane in Kalispell. Our Mission Statement is: “Well-being for all – achieving health, happiness & prosperity”. Dragon Boating gives us the opportunity for team-building and representing the Summit’s vision in our community in a beautiful and fun setting. Our cheer is: “SUMMIT ‘NSYNC…we paddle for pink!” Call the front desk at 751-4100 for more information on our comprehensive services.
Center for Restorative Youth Justice / Tamarack Grief Resource Center, Team Life Savers - MONTANA Team Life Savers are a group of dedicated volunteers and staff from the Tamarack Grief Resource Center and the Center for Restorative Youth Justice. Both of these organizations provide incredible support to youth, families, and individuals throughout the Flathead Valley and are excited to participate in the First Annual Dragon Boat Festival and to dazzle the crowd with their team spirit and comradery. Specializing in bereavement camps, Tamarack Grief Resource Center strengthens and honors individuals and families throughout their journey with grief. The Center for Restorative Youth Justice (CRYJ) works one-on-one with youth and victims of juvenile crime to ‘reweave the fabric’ of relationships (community, family, peers) in ways that promote true accountability, inspire connection, and increase community safety. To learn more about these incredible organizations check out their websites at: www.restorativeyouthjustice.org and http://www.tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org/
Montana Office of Tourism, Team Get Lost – MONTANA http://www.getlostmt.com The Montana Office of Tourism’s mission is to strengthen Montana’s economy through the promotion of the state as a vacation destination and film location. By maximizing the combined talents and abilities of its staff, the Montana Office of Tourism strives to promote a quality experience to visitors while encouraging preservation of Montana’s environment and quality of life.
Abreast in the Rockies – CRANBROOK, B.C. We are a women’s team made up of Breast Cancer Survivors and Supporters from the East Kootenays ranging in age from 48-73. This is our 7th paddling season, practicing twice a week from June through September at Wasa and Moyie Lakes. We have participated in festivals in Victoria, Penticton, Vernon, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Banff over the past 6 years and are really excited to paddle in our first American festival based in beautiful Big Sky Montana. Our mission statement is “To raise breast cancer awareness and to demonstrate that women living with breast cancer can lead full and active lives.”
University of Lethbridge Fiat Dux – ALBERTA With a 45-year history of excellence in undergraduate education, the University of Lethbridge has long been renowned for its commitment to student experience and a liberal arts education. Today, the U of L is recognized as a research-intensive, comprehensive university with a focus on both undergraduate and graduate education. With more than 150 degree/program options, the U of L offers relevant, progressive programs; small class sizes; state-of-the-art facilities; and world-class learning opportunities. Approximately 8,500 students from 85 countries call the U of L’s campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton home. Please visit us at http://www.ulethbridge.ca for more information. The Fiat Dux are the University of Lethbridge’s original Dragon Boat team named after the U of L motto “Fiat Lux” or “Let there be light.” The Dux are as tenacious as they are experienced, so when racing against the Dux, be forewarned, it will be “lights out”! Quack Quack!
University of Lethbridge Pronghorn Paddlers – ALBERTA With a 45-year history of excellence in undergraduate education, the University of Lethbridge has long been renowned for its commitment to student experience and a liberal arts education. Today, the U of L is recognized as a research-intensive, comprehensive university with a focus on both undergraduate and graduate education. With more than 150 degree/program options, the U of L offers relevant, progressive programs; small class sizes; state-of-the-art facilities; and world-class learning opportunities. Approximately 8,500 students from 85 countries call the U of L’s campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton home. Please visit us at http://www.ulethbridge.ca for more information. A Pronghorn can run exceptionally fast, being built for maximum predator evasion, and is generally accepted to be the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere. The most amazing part of it all is its endurance and speed! Keep your focus on the Pronghorn Paddlers!
Kalispell Lions Club – MONTANA The Kalispell Lions Club is thrilled to be part of the Dragon Boat Festival! Paddlers on this team come from a variety of businesses and organizations in the Kalispell community and all are happy to be paddling for the Lions Club. The mission of Kalispell Lions is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. The primary service that Lions Clubs provide worldwide – and the service that most people associate Lions Clubs with – is assistance with eyeglasses. With 30 serving members, the Kalispell Lions Club provides people with glasses, hearing aids, diabetes awareness and education programs, patriotic “flags to first graders”, scholarships to high school graduates planning to attend FVCC and donations to food banks across the valley.
TeleTech Typhoons – MONTANA http://www.teletech.com TeleTech has a 30-year history of hiring great people. Our team includes more than 40,000 employees in over 17 countries worldwide. Whether you see yourself as a career associate, or moving up the ladder, TeleTech has the positions and opportunities to suit your goals and lifestyle.
Flathead Community Foundation, Flathead Forever - MONTANA
Flathead Community Foundation, Spirit 1 – MONTANA
Flathead Community Foundation, Spirit 2 – MONTANA
Team Nomad – MONTANA
Flathead Lakers – MONTANA
North Valley Hospital Healing Dragons – MONTANA
Museum at Central School – MONTANA
Mann Mortgage Manta Rays – MONTANA The Mann Mortgage Manta Rays are an eclectic crew of outdoor athletes residing in the Flathead Valley who live and breathe the spirit of Aloha. We welcome all spectators and fellow competitors to our beautiful lake and valley, and are stoked to paddle as a team in our first Dragon Boat race. The Manta Rays thank Jason Mann and Mann Mortgage for sponsoring us in this noble endeavor.
Bozeman Ale Works Montana Vikings- MONTANA The Montana Vikings are a veteran bunch of paddlers, average age 62. We have paddled canoes together for several decades and are getting together at this Dragon Boat race as a reunion. Several on our team competed in Dragon Boat races back in the 80′s over in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zeland. Now 30 years latter and 50 pounds heavier we will see if we can still do it. We are looking forward to lots of fun.
Somers School District – MONTANA We are a group of movers, shakers, and all around fun-makers! This all star team consists of teachers, spouses, friends, and family. We are always looking for a good time, ways to support each other, and spreading enjoyment in the community. Looking forward to Dragon Boat Racing and the fun memory!!
ATB Blue Bayou Team Lethbridge – ALBERTA A mixed gender team composed of both new and experienced paddlers sourced from ATB Financial staff and family members. Our teams have paddled in the ATB Lethbridge Rotary Dragonboat Festival for the past 10 years, but our attendance at the Montana Dragonboat Festival will be our first paddling effort at a venue other than our own in Lethbridge. We really enjoy the Dragonboat Festival atmosphere and appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the first Festival effort put on by our good Montana neighbours. We wish the very best of luck to the festival organizers and participants and hope that everyone has an enjoyable weekend!
Western Stone Blazing Paddles – MONTANA Blazing Paddles sponsored by Western Stone of Lakeside is an all women team who are survivors of and supporters of friends and family who have had breast cancer. We come from 7 Montana towns and 2 other states to form a team who wants to have fun, try something new, and support a great cause. Looking forward to an exciting race and sharing beautiful Flathead Lake with those who haven’t been here before.
Hockaday Museum of Art – MONTANA
East Glacier – Browning Team – MONTANA
Lethbridge Wrecking Crew – ALBERTA
Lethbridge Dragonflies – ALBERTA
NautiGals Plus – ALBERTA The NautiGals are an all-women’s Dragon Boat team made up of young and not so young women with experiences spread across decades. Our ages range from 19 to 60′s. We have fun and support one another and really enjoy paddling together. The Plus came following the Lethbridge Dragon Boat Festival when other women, who wanted to paddle on a women’s team in Kalispell, joined the NautiGals. We are looking forward to paddling in Kalispell’s first Dragon Boat Festival. We want to wish all other teams and paddlers good luck and hope they enjoy the festival. Paddles Up!!!
Kodiak Volley-Ballers – ALBERTA A mix of experienced and first time dragon-boaters. All of the males are members of the 2013 Kodiak Men’s Volleyball Team. Most of the females are alumni of the women’s program at the college. The Volley-Ballers have come to find out the meaning and importance to teamwork, while hoping to display the success of their off-season conditioning program.
University of Montana The Griz – MONTANA
Sister Power – ALBERTA Medicine Hat began its first Dragon Boat team in 2005, Sister Power Team was formed in 2006. We are a group of women brought together by a common bond. We are breast cancer survivors and supporters of survivors. We strive to celebrate life through the pursuit of fitness, friendship and fun by participating in dragon boating. We recently participated in our own local festival sponsored by the Pace Rotary Club held at Elkwater Lake. We are a recreational paddling club with members from a wide variety of professions and a wide variety of ages, all out having fun together.
Agency on Aging Team Hot Flash – MONTANA
Montana State University – MONTANA
National Flood Services Team Y Knot?! - MONTANA www.NFS.StoneRiver.com NFS is the national leader of flood insurance services and is one of the largest employers in Flathead Valley. A team of notive racers composed of NFS employees along with some of their family and friends, Y Knot?! is truly an enthusiastic team. NFS team Y Knot?! is excited to experience the thrill of racing and look forward to all the fun one veteran racer assures us is to be had!