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.
DIVISION : SENIOR C WOMEN
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.