Reigning national champions Iron Dragons are heading to Szeged, Hungary this summer to represent Canada on the world stage.
The U of T Engineering student dragon boating team is sending men’s, women’s, and mixed teams — 60 students in total — to compete in 200 metre, 500 metre and 2,000 metre events at the International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships from July 17 to 22, 2018. The Iron Dragons practice out of the Iron River Racing club in west Toronto.
“I had been a serious hockey player all my life, so when I started at U of T Engineering I was looking for a sport to help me stay competitive,” says Claire Del Fatti (Year 3 ChemE). “Engineering is really intense, so we’re all used to working together and managing our time effectively — I think having those skills helps us a lot.”
At Worlds the Iron Dragons are anticipating fierce competition from their Canadian university peers, and from a strong roster of Hungarian teams. But they’re confident that their training and commitment have prepared them well.
Read more about Iron Dragons HERE.