The Northern Spirit dragon boat team hits the waters again and begins their practice for their first year back since the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christian Apostolovski/Black Press Media)

The Northern Spirit dragon boat team hits the waters again and begins their practice for their first year back since the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christian Apostolovski/Black Press Media)

Northern Spirit dragon boat team back in action

This is the first year back since the COVID-19 pandemic

The Northern Spirit dragon boat team in Kitimat is kicking off again after having missed two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We started in 2004, this would be our 15th year because we had to take a two-year hiatus because of covid, so this year we decided to bring the team back together but we still had a late start,” said coach Carol Gagnon.

Dragon boating is a sport that sees 20 paddlers, along with the coach and the steer person paddle in unison in a race against other teams.

The hope for this year was to get the chance to compete at a regatta in Victoria however due to the late start it was not possible this year.

The team will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 1 at the Upper City Centre Mall parking lot by the walking area in front of Debbie’s Bistro. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to maintenance costs along with moorage costs.

Gagnon also says the team is looking for a few more paddlers and people that are interested can reach out to her at CDgagnon@telus.net