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Robusters Enjoy Emmy Celebration

posted Oct 28, 2019, 7:11 PM by Robusters Website

Teammates of Cindy Alblas joined her at the Christina Lake Visitors Centre to celebrate her success at the recent Emmy ceremonies where she had been invited to create an item to honor recipients of the awards.  We enjoyed a slide show of the event and also the many tasty treats that Cindy provided to thank her many fans who had turned out to support her during the construction of the objets d'art that she created for the event. Now on to the Oscars!




Fundraising Focus for 2020

posted Oct 12, 2019, 7:41 PM by Robusters Website


The Kootenay Robusters Dragon Boat Team has a special focus for their fundraising this year.  We have leased a small piece of property at the south end of Christina Lake and have big plans for it.

After 20 years of parking our dragon boat, OC6 and safety boat at locations supplied by supportive community members, the team hopes to have a boathouse in place by the end of next season.

To make this happen, we are working on securing grants, contacting past and present members for donations and selling the ever popular Robuster calendars in locations throughout our communities.

As well, we have a raffle underway for a lovely quilt, donated by one of our paddlers, Rae Salkeld, as well as a gift basket and scratch and sniff wreath.

Look for our calendars and buy a couple to support your local dragon boat team as they raise awareness of breast cancer and help local women build strength, fitness and mental health.  

Christina Lake Homecoming

posted Oct 7, 2019, 4:08 PM by Robusters Website


The dragon boat team was out in force for the Christina Lake Homecoming celebration in early July.  Paddling a dragon boat is fun for young and old so the team offered rides to everyone who wanted to give dragon boating a try.  It was a perfect day to be on the water and everyone seemed to be enjoying the experience.  

Paddling Season Winds Down

posted Oct 7, 2019, 3:55 PM by Robusters Website

On Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 the Kootenay Robuster took their safety boat, OC6 and dragon boats out of the water for the winter.  This would have been impossible without the assistance of John Tourcotte and a full crew of paddlers.  Luckily the day turned out to be perfect - a pleasant surprise after the heavy snow fall just one week earlier.  The Robusters are hoping this will be the last year for this complicated process, as they are hoping to have a boat house in place on a leased property next year.  





Carnation Ceremony 2019

posted Jun 26, 2019, 4:18 PM by Robusters Website


On Saturday, June 22 we had our Pink Carnation ceremony after practice. This has become a  Kootenay Robuster tradition as we pause to remember those who have lost their battle with Breast Cancer, those who are presently fighting to restore their good health and to renew our commitment to our Mission to experience physical, emotional, spiritual, & mental wellness at a level that is comfortable & personally challenging. 

Please pause to remember Robusters who are no longer with us: Pat Austin, Phyllis Weldon, Wanda Mears, Lora Burke, Mary Jane Cadman, Maria Morris, Janet Merry, Mavis Chato, Amy Fehr, Kay Read, Lisa Marken, Maxine Dewdney, Sharron Griffiths, Judy Peck, Dr. Trudi Toews & Arlene McGillivray.



Okanagan Super Sprints

posted Jun 16, 2019, 12:01 PM by Robusters Website

June 15, 2019
The Kootenay Robusters took part in an early season festival in Penticton on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. With many new paddlers on the roster, our goals were to practice putting  6 races together using the skills that we will be honing all season  - and to have some fun!  Although we didn't win any prizes, we were pleased with how well the team paddled after only 19 practices this season. The Super Sprints were a perfect starting point for us, since the 250 meter races were manageable for everyone. This festival included some highly skilled teams whose strength and timing impressed and motivated us.  We hope to be ready to compete again in August at the Calgary Festival.

Robuster Launch 19th Season

posted Apr 28, 2019, 4:44 PM by Robusters Website   [ updated Apr 28, 2019, 4:44 PM ]

On Saturday, April 27th, the Kootenay Robusters gathered at Christina Lake Resort for the first paddle of the season. The day began when Otter Louis unveiled her winter's project of refinishing the club's carbon fibre paddles - a huge undertaking that earned the undying gratitude of all her team mates. Then it was time to unwrap the dragon boat and slide it into the water.  The chilly temperatures and stiff wind only made the first outing more exhilarating and it was good to get the season underway.  The Robusters' first festival is in mid-June so every practice counts as they prepare for competition.





Annual Donation to the KBRH

posted Dec 10, 2018, 9:01 AM by Robusters Website

The Kootenay Robusters have donated $4,000 in memory of Dr. Trudi Toews to the Oncology Department at KBRH. Dr. Toews was a charter member of the Kootenay Robusters and longtime Physician at KBRH. Lisa Pasin, Director of Development for the KBRH Health Foundation accepted this donation from members of the Kootenay Robusters Dragon Boat Team.
The funds are raised primarily through the sale of the annual calendar of scenic Kootenay photos - eagerly awaited by the Robusters' many supporters.  

18th Season Ends

posted Dec 10, 2018, 8:55 AM by Robusters Website   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 4:26 PM ]

The Robusters put their dragon boat to bed at the end of September and got ready to put some effort into dryland training for the off season.Paddlers from each of the three regions (Grand Forks/Christina Lake, Trail/ Rossland and Castlegar) organize group and individual training sessions to complete a winter program under the direction of coach Trish Ostlund.  We hope to be fit and ready to take to the water again as soon as possible in the spring.  

We are grateful for the generosity of Schulli's Resort, which has been storing our dragon boat, safety boat and outrigger canoe on their property for many seasons.  

Robusters Compete in Victoria

posted Aug 14, 2018, 2:31 PM by Robusters Website   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 2:33 PM ]

The Kootenay Robusters travelled by bus to Victoria on Aug. 10-13, 2018 to compete in that festival for the first time.  The setting in Victoria's inner harbor was spectacular and the women's competition as intense as usual.  The team ended up placing fourth in the Diamond A division - a fantastic result considering that the average age of the members is 64. Competing was great, but being together was our favorite part.  The team stayed at the University of Victoria dorms and relived experiences from the past.
As usual, the festival held a moving carnation ceremony and this time included a team of survivors called "Stayin' Alive" composed of people who had experienced a wide variety of cancers.

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