COACHES

RYAN STEPKA

DIVISION : U24 MIXED

Ryan is the coach for Bytown’s U24 team.  He started his paddling career in sprint canoe/kayak over 20 years ago. Since then, he has competed and coached in many different paddling sports, including: sprint, Dragon Boat, outrigger and marathon. Ryan started coaching Dragon Boat fourteen years ago (Burloak Canoe Club) and has been hooked ever since.  

MARK SINGER

DIVISION : SENIOR A WOMEN

Mark has been a member of the Rideau Canoe Club for more than 25 years. During that time, he represented Canada at Junior Worlds in Japan and won 8 National Championships in Sprint Canoe. He has raced with Team Canada at the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Kunming (2017) and at the World Cup in Chongqing (2018).  

 

Mark has many years (>15 yrs.) of experience coaching crews on and off the water ranging in ability from beginners to seasoned paddlers. He coached the Bytown Dragon Boat Club’s Senior A Women’s crew to a Bronze in the 2KM final at the IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary (2018). Mark has been invited to coach the athletes on Team Canada’s Premier Team as they prepare for the IDBF World Nation's Championship in Thailand (2019).  

 

Mark also has a passion for strength and conditioning off the water and developing the power endurance we use in Dragon Boat. He has earned a CrossFit Level 2 Certification and when he is not on the water, can be found training and coaching at Rideau CrossFit.

MICHELLE LAVOIE

DIVISION :  SENIOR B WOMEN & MIXED

Michelle Lavoie is the newest coach to join Bytown Dragon Boat Club.  She has 25 years of dragon boat experience which began as a paddler with the Madawaska Hardwood Flooring team many years ago and progressed to competing in more than 10 World Championships (World Nation’s Cup and Club Crews). Michelle has been a strong member of the Canadian Senior A Women's Team for the last 14 years.  Michelle says “that it's never been about the medals, but about the friends from across the country who share the crazy dragon boat addiction, the discipline, the hard work, and the racing with 22 souls all beating as one".

Michelle is a certified Level 2 Dragon Boat coach. She plans to share what she has learned about paddling, training and racing, how to believe you can be a World Champion, but most importantly how to have fun and kick some major butt.

When Michelle isn’t training, racing or coaching, she works as a legacy documentary producer, keeps her husband and fellow paddler Trevor in line and helps her two boys (who she is very proud of) make their way in this thing called life.

STEPHANIE McINNIS

DIVISION : SENIOR B OPEN & MIXED 

Stephanie started paddling with the Rideau Canoe Club at the young age of 6. She began her paddling career in canoe and went on to podium at numerous Canadian National Championships. After narrowly missing the Canada Games team and considering a lingering shoulder injury, she changed her discipline to kayak and continued to compete in both canoe and kayak at the highest levels for many years.


At 14 years of age, Stephanie decided that she wanted to teach others how to paddle and began coaching the U15 program, Masters (25+) and local dragon boat teams. Steph’s passion for coaching has grown immensely in the last 20 years and she has coached some of the top teams in Ottawa. Stephanie is a certified level 2 Competitive Development Coach. She joined Bytown Dragon Boat Club in late 2017 where she decided to pick up a paddle again and help the Premier women's team compete at the World Championships in 2018. She also became the assistant coach of the Senior C crews (Gold medalists in Szeged, Hungary) in 2017.  You will also see her coaching pool paddling in the off season. Stephanie focuses on technique, hard work and fun in the boat.


Stephanie is the new Senior B mixed coach and her goal is to get them on the podium in France 2020.

JULIE GORMAN

ASSISTANT COACH

Julie began her paddling career at the Rideau Canoe Club in 1991. She started off as a kayaker but switched to the canoe in 1995 and never looked back. Julie has raced at the national and international level with multiple titles and podium finishes. She won silver and gold at the 2001 Pan Am Championship, which represented the first year that women were allowed to compete in canoe!  She also competed in the 2003 1st World Championship canoe exhibition race for women and won bronze in the 500m. Julie started Dragon boating in 2002 and competed at the Club Crew World Championships in Rome Italy. Julie uses this wealth of personal experience in competition to coach Bytown DBC members.

 

Julie has been coaching Dragon Boat, canoe and kayak since 1999.  Julie completed a Bachelor’s of Education in 2015 and she currently works as a primary school teacher.  Prior to teaching humans, she taught animals! Julie is competitive and an excellent motivator in a Dragon Boat! She has a positive, no-nonsense personality and is a great asset to any Dragon Boat crew she coaches. She looks forward to continuing her work with Bytown and helping us reach our goals.

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