Dragonheart Vermont (DHVT) is a dynamic dragon boat organization located in Burlington, Vermont. Dragon boating is a fast growing team paddle sport that embraces athletes of all ages, gender, and abilities. We began as a breast cancer survivor team. Today, we are that and so much more.
Dragonheart Vermont presently has 225 members that make up our 10 different teams. Our actions stand out both on and off the water. Our DHVT teams excel and have been named National and World champs. We are committed to our Vermont community and host the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival where people in our community team up to race dragon boats for charity.
Dragonheart Vermont is a team with HEART!
Dragonheart Vermont strives to strengthen and empower breast cancer survivors and supporters through the challenging sport of dragon boating, instilling in its members the values of teamwork, fitness and community giving.
Our Board of Directors guides the operation of the organization, keeping us focused on our mission.
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About Dragon Boat
Born of a time-honored Chinese tradition, dragon boat racing today engages more than 50 million people worldwide every year. Dragon boats are about 41 feet long. Twenty paddlers sitting two by two stroke in unison, guided by a drummer at the front and a steersperson that keeps the boat on course. The boat glides when all 20 paddlers stroke in time.
Dragon boating has gained its popularity because of its inclusive nature, embracing people of different ages, genders, and abilities. It is the ultimate team sport! In addition to youth, premier and senior teams, the sport includes teams of cancer survivors, paraplegics, and the visually impaired. Dragon boating offers an equal playing field for all. What other sport can match that? The key to success for a dragon boat team lies in the team members’ ability to stroke together. It’s teamwork at its best — 22 hearts beating as one!