We are a new competitive racing team who had a full year of training and racing in 2022 (5 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes - all in "A" Divisions!!).  The team is for motivated paddlers who want to step up their training and goals to another level.  We welcome motivated paddlers to join us on our rise in the dragon boat world.  The team has a qualifying criteria including fitness tests that are serious but very reasonable.


Registration for the winter program is STILL OPEN via the red "CLICK HERE" button on the left side of this page.  Spaces are limited, and there is room for non-Barracudas.  We will pro-rate the fee.

Important Note: The team has eligibility requirements that will be communicated to prospective paddlers.  This includes prior dragon boat experience (2 years), a higher attendance commitment to practices and mandatory regattas, fitness testing, and adequate space on the team for each gender (8-12 each of men and women).  By registering, you agree to the understanding that you may not make the team, even if you meet all of the requirements.  That all being said, we encourage paddlers to join us!

Co-captains: Natalie Kassen and Graeme Kondruss. Coach: Terence Yu.  Manager: Tim MacFarlane.

Contact our team co-captains if you have any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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This is the fifth year for this team. Join us and spend your summer months enjoying the paddling, camaraderie, and fresh air on waterfront that comes with this team. New this year is monthly video review - where we take video of team paddling and can look at it later to identify areas where the team can improve. This is an invaluable tool to becoming a better team. We have two dedicated co-captains identified very early on to help plan for an amazing year!

Our 2023 Program

The team's winter indoor training program registration is still open.  See winter program details on the left panel below entitled "2023 WINTER TRAINING:".  The program is open to a limited number of non-Barracudas. We will pro-rate the fee for those joining later.

The summer program is almost finalized and will be announced in December.  It will include racing at the Canadian National Championships in Welland on July 19-23.  See the preliminary plan details on the right panel below entitled "2023 SUMMER RACING:"

Cost of the winter program is $615 ($160 Cardio-Go only or $485 Afterburn only).  Payments via online banking to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." (NEW email address due to banking changes in progress).   Paddlers can pay in installments:  $400 Nov 1-15 and $215 by Feb 1.  


We are training twice-a-week, Mondays and Thursday evenings.  The cost of the program is $615 for 68 hours of training.  See below for pictures of our three training sites (2 winter, 1 summer)


Mondays at Cardio-Go

  > Focus on strength training.

  > 6:30 to 7:45 PM.  Nov 21 to Apr 24.

  > Except Dec26, Jan02, Feb20, Apr10.   

Thursdays at Afterburn Fitness

  > Gym at 7:20 PM and Pool at 8:30 PM.

  > 7:20 to 9:30 PM.  Nov 17 to Apr 27.

  > Except Dec 22 & 29.


CardioGO (700 University basement)

Afterburn Fitness (230 Nantucket Blvd)


Terence Yu

Jonathan Navarro

Jessica Oliver

2023 Summer RACING:

This is why we train!  This year we are racing at the following FOUR regattas in order to put our training to the test!  No other Rusty Dragons team has had such an abitious racing program.


June 3 on Frenchman's Bay in Pickering.  Three races: 1x200m and 2x500m.

Toronto International

June 17-18 at Toronto Island. Two days of 200m and 500m races as final tune-up before Nationals.

Canadian Championships (premier mixed)

July 19-23 at Welland International Flatwater Centre.  Includes 200m, 500m, 2000m races over 3 days.  The 19th is practice day.

GWN Challenge

September 9-10 at Marilyn Bell Park. Four 500m races plus one 200m race.

Team Members 

Terence Yu


Natalie Kassen


Graeme Kondruss


  • Natalie Kassen.
  • Diane Gropp.
  • Shirley Wagar
  • Bill Phu.
  • Nelson Grondin.
  • Andrew Paterson
  • Jolane Fenner
  • Chantal Marier.
  • Lilia Marshe.

  • Graeme Kondruss.
  • Ilona Perkins.
  • Arwen Higgins
  • Vincent Chung.
  • Kaola Baird.
  • Edwin Huang.
  • Po-Po Lam.
  • Susan Nguyen.
  • Oleg Paikoff.
  • Tim MacFarlane.
  • Sylvia Richmond.
  • Daniel Cheatley.
  • Melanie Ward.
  • Gemma Bridge
  • Ellen Kempton
  • Geri Arellano
  • Hamza Shahzad.