Dragonheart Vermont has always been firmly connected to our local health care community as patients, as supporters, and yes, as health care workers ourselves. We support this community now through our essential work or by staying home, by saying thank you, and by providing direct assistance wherever we can. We hope you will join us by participating or donating to our cause. Your donations fund Dragonheart Vermont and our pledge partner for 2020, Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center.

Like many other organizations before us, we have made the difficult decision to alter both our Sisters at Heart Celebration and our Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival to be virtual events for 2020. We plan to capture the spirit of community and fun that our events always do and encourage you to explore these pages further to learn more about the events.

Registration is FREE and open now for our virtual Community Racing Challenge as well as our Sisters at Heart virtual event.

Dragonheart Vermont Donates $20,000

to support cancer wellness programs during COVID-19. Click on the images below to read more.


Your contribution helps the community

Join Us

The 200 members of Dragonheart Vermont members paddle all summer and compete around the region, the country, and the world. We welcome new paddlers through most of the year.


Mark Your Calendar


2020 LCDBF Community Racing Challenge: Individual Races

July 24-31

Sisters at Heart Virtual Celebration

August 1

LCDBF Community Racing Challenge

August 2


Event Photos


Founders’ Profile

Linda and John Dyer are the founders of Dragonheart Vermont. Their combined energies made a dream come true in creating a breast cancer survivor and supporter dragon boat team on Lake Champlain—one of the largest in the country. What began as the sheer joy of being ‘first in our lane,’ grew into our teams becoming National Champions under the tutelage of Coach John, and loads of hard work.

Linda and John’s work ethic, joie de vivre, and commitment set an example for the club that has inspired the women and men of Dragonheart Vermont to achieve these honors while also doing good work for cancer survivors in the community through our Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Linda’s smile and John’s “Relentless Positive Thinking” inspire the team to work hard and to have fun. They are a force to be reckoned with—just try saying ‘no’ to them!