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Three Wasabi Dragon Boat Teams Compete at Paddle for Life to benefit Clark County Veterans - 07/11/19


July 11, 2019                                                            Photo/Video opportunities available
Media contact: Patti Atkins, APR
503-961-2535, patti@prpatti.com


Three Wasabi Dragon Boat Teams Compete at
Paddle for Life to benefit Clark County Veterans


Portland, Oregon – Three dragon boat teams from Portland Boathouse will be competing in Paddle for Life to benefit Clark County Veterans at Vancouver Lake on Saturday, July 13.

Three Wasabi teams will be competing and helping to raise money in this event. The teams include Wasabi Visually Impaired Paddlers (VIP), Wasabi Burn and Wasabi TideRunners (from Nehalem Bay).


Team descriptions:

Wasabi VIP
All Age, Mixed Team

Team VIP consists of men and women who are Visually Impaired Paddlers. We formed our Wasabi team in 2013 from other visually impaired teams in Portland including Blind Ambition and Lethally Blind.

Our ages range from the 20's to the 70's. We are from all walks of life. We have a variety of vision challenges ranging from low vision (legally blind) to completely blind. A handful of fully sighted team members round out our team to help us safely navigate the Willamette River. Our team competes all over the region, enjoying the love of paddling and the spirit of competition that dragon boat racing provides.


Wasabi Burn
Premier, Mixed Program

Established over 20 years ago, Wasabi Burn (formerly team Fury) is Wasabi’s premier mixed team.

Wasabi Burn is made up of a vast array of athletes.  We all are bonded by our ferocity for competition and camaraderie.  The team’s dedication to the sport is shown through our strong performance in local, national and international competitions.

Team Burn athletes have competed at the highest levels, paddling at Club Crew World Championships and Team USA international competitions.  We have our sights set on racing in Thailand 2019 and France 2020.  


Wasabi TideRunners of Nehalem Bay
All Age, Women's Team

We are a team of powerful, competitive women of all ages who race and train together on the beautiful Nehalem Bay, where we share the water with bald eagles, heron and seals.


The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 Lower River Road, Vancouver. For more information about the event (including the competition schedule), please visit https://paddleforlife.org/


The teams compete out of the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Avenue, which also hosts a variety of other competitive paddling teams. The Boathouse, rebuilt 20 years ago through Portland Development Commission grant, is losing its lease at the end of this month and needs to find a new home on Portland’s waterfront.


About Wasabi Paddling Club
Competition, community and comraderies, on and off the water, The Wasabi Paddling Club is a nonprofit Dragon Boat and Outrigger paddling club located at the Portland Boathouse and is dedicated to the participation and promotion of the national sports of Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe racing. The club’s charter includes assisting novice through experienced paddlers in the community.

The club has more than 350 members, eight dragon boat teams and an outrigger canoe program. Teams include: Wasabi Fury, a premier mixed team with 40 paddlers; Wasabi Grand Masters, an over age 50 team with 30 paddlers; Wasabi Kraken, a high school team of 15 paddlers; Wasabi VIP, a team of 30 visually-impaired paddlers; Wasabi Special Dragons, a team of 30 paddlers with special needs; Wasabi SOAR, a team of 40 cancer survivors and supporters; Wasabi Tide Runners, a team of 30 paddlers based in the Nehalem area; and Wasabi Women’s Program, which has 80 female paddlers.

For more information on the Wasabi Paddling Club, please visit http://www.wasabiusa.org.


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