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“Bucks County Dragon Boat Association has a  true commitment to excellence, in everything we do.  We are one big family, supporting and cheering each other on.  This is a club unlike any other and I am proud to be the co-founder and a member.”
-Laurie McHugh

“I spent the last 25 years taking care of my family-two boys and a husband who travelled extensively. I spent what felt like an eternity running my kids to soccer matches and volleyball tournaments in the family minivan. This was my team and I was their coach. It was my full time job and I loved it. I woke up one day and I’d been laid off. I know they love and need me, but it’s more of a consulting position now. I felt bad for myself for exactly 2 weeks and started looking for another team to belong to. I tried a few things that didn’t work and then I found BCDBA. I had never been on a dragon boat before but knew as soon as I met the founding members of BCDBA that I found a home. They are kind, generous, funny and devoted to the sport and every member of the organization. I hopped on the boat, grabbed a paddle and fell in love, hard. I came to love the girls on my Team Force and I won’t let them down. I give everything I have every time I’m on the boat with them. And as soon as I get off the boat, my first thought is when can I get back in again. I am hooked.”  Bonnie Gepner

“Dragon boat racing is my ultimate passion and has become one of the most important things in my life. Once I picked up a paddle, I couldn’t put it down. To me, the sport of dragon boating is much more than a day on the water. It is about teamwork, traditions, family, friendly competition and the adrenaline of racing. That is the beauty of this amazing sport. Teammates have become family and the friendships and support are priceless. Bucks County Dragon Boat Association has given me all of this and more. I am extremely proud to be the co-founder of this amazing organization. I am looking forward to what the future holds and am excited to see the many accomplishments BCDBA will have.”
-Jacquelyn Wetzel

“Bucks County Dragon Boat Association came into my life 3 years ago and I was new to the sport in general. Dragon boating has quickly become an important part of what I do. Aside from the competition, commitment and doing something good for myself, I also have fun while doing it. The people in the organization are all top notch and the feeling of camaraderie within the teams have made this a very enjoyable experience for me. I am also involved with the American Red Cross.  BCDBA has donated a team building event to my team every year which is only the beginning of what the organization does for the community. Members of my Red Cross team look forward to the experience every year. I personally look forward to being part of BCDBA for many years to come.”
-Ken Dickerson

“Something was missing from my life but I did not know what it was until I found dragon boating with BCDBA. As a full-time physician and mother of five, I rarely made time to do something special just for me. Fortunately, dragon boating has brought an exciting new dimension to my world. Not only do I enjoy the physicality of this really cool sport but maybe even moreso the reward of belonging to a group of kind, interesting and like-minded adults. BCDBA made me feel welcome since day 1 and I look forward to getting together with my new friends both on and off the boat. I highly recommend dragon boating for anyone who needs to awaken their inner dragon!”
-Chip Ryan

“I have been Dragon Boating since 2007. It is one of the greatest things I have ever done!  We had been going through some very difficult, life altering circumstances for some time when I decided to form my own Dragon Boat organization in 2011.  It gave me a new purpose and brought some much needed joy to our lives!!! I was so proud of what I had started, how it brought people together, how it inspired so many people and what it meant to everyone who was a part of it!  It is one of the only sports where you can have people from all different ages, back grounds and levels of athleticism come together and form a successful team!  It is about community, friendship, togetherness and heart pounding excitement that makes you feel alive!!! When I decided to merge my organization with BCDBA in 2014, it was one of the best decisions ever.  I am honored to serve on the board of such a wonderful organization. The people here are true testaments to what it means to be outwardly focused!! They will work tirelessly to ensure everyone feels welcome and important!  We are constantly working to improve our organization, finding new ways to give back.  We are growing by leaps and bounds and I believe that is due to the glaring goodness that this organization exudes.  I am proud to be a part of BCDBA and look forward to many more years of bringing joy to people and giving back to our community!!!!”
-Christina Nelson

“Being a member of a Dragon Boat Team means participation and dedication to an unusual sport in that it emphasizes the importance and necessity of individual members working together as one unit to achieve success, but at the same time it allows room for setting and achieving personal goals. The practices are tough and the races are an experience that results in a broad range of emotions. BCDBA has become an important part of my life. It allows me to pursue a challenging athletic program and at the same time it has given me the bonus of meeting new people and forging new friendships and continually provides a series of opportunities to participate in events and social programs that have an effect on our community. My Dragon Boat experience is something that is still evolving and I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”
-Jim Maxwell

“I always had a love of the water and I have looked for ways to enjoy it with my busy work schedule. I finally found my ‘passion’ after attending a Dragon Boat clinic. I couldn’t wait to join Bucks County Dragon Boat Association. Not only is paddling a great form of exercise and body conditioning but it increases your fitness level while you are making lasting friendships. BCDBA not only coaches many teams and attends races but it supports the community by holding fund raisers to support local food banks and also supports community events by volunteering to help where needed. I am very proud to be part of this organization. Paddle on!”
-Linda Cooper

“I started dragon boating as a team building exercise with work. I thought it would be a great way to exercise so I joined BCDBA. The friendships that formed have given me a second family. What I enjoy about dragon boat racing is the contest, when there are twenty paddlers in a boat all working together with the same focus and aggression. During my third season I competed an the National Championships with an incredible group of individuals and won the berth to compete at Worlds in Australia 2016. Nationals in Chicago is an experience I will never ever forget and cherish dearly. Along the way I have formed great friendships, improved my fitness and achieved my fitness goals. Getting out on the water eases stress, promotes mental strength and health. It is a fun way to stay fit, and demands the ultimate level of discipline, focus and teamwork from each individual. Why did I choose BCDBA? I’m from Bucks County and they made me feel like I belonged to the community with members that are outgoing, inspirational, and a wonderful group of incredibly talented individuals.”  Dawn Miller

“Last year, my husband was asked he if would be interested in trying Dragon Boating. Unfortunately, due to his varied work hours, he was not able to make a commitment, but passed the information to me.  Being a fitness enthusiast as well as a lover of the water, combined with having participated in different competitive events in the past, I decided to sign up for team Lightning. After several weeks, I was then asked if I would be interested in joining a more competitive team within the BCDBA organization. I was so excited at the prospect of being part of a successful team that I did not even give it a second thought. Dragon Boating has also become very meditative for me. Not only does it build my strength and endurance, but it also enhances my focus and concentration.  I also am a true believer in “giving back” or “paying it forward.”  One of the things I love most about BCDBA is the September Festival at Core Creek Park which raises money for the community.  This money generously assists the Food Pantry of Bucks County and is a wonderful opportunity to help others in need. What a worthwhile cause!”  –Beth Glassman