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Paddlechica: 10 Qualities of a True Team Leader

Paddlechica: 10 Qualities of a True Team Leader

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  This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what makes a good team leader. This thinking led to a lot of research and quite a bit of reflection. I thought about good leaders I’ve known on teams that I’ve been on and I thought about what a good leader looks like. A few commonalities began to emerge. Leadership roles within the team seem to naturally develop. Some people gravitate towards doing the organizational tasks of the team, while others tend towards more of the planning aspect. Some drift towards a captain-like role...

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Paddlechica: Dragon Boat Camp - The Complete Guide

Paddlechica: Dragon Boat Camp - The Complete Guide

Posted by Kristin Stickels on

This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. Have you considered attending a dragon boat camp, but are unsure of whether you are up to the challenge of 5-6 straight days of paddling? Do you wonder what is involved in a camp that is so singularly focused on paddling? Have you inquired about a camp, but are nervous not knowing anyone who might attend? In this post, I’ve outlined a typical week at one of the camps I coached at the past two years in order to give you an idea what a dragon boat camp is all about. Keep in mind that all camps have different...

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Paddlechica - Taking an Active Role in Your Development as a Paddler

Paddlechica - Taking an Active Role in Your Development as a Paddler

Posted by Kristin Stickels on

This post was originally published on paddlechica.com.When I first started paddling, I’ll admit it, like most people, I truly had no idea what I was doing. I mean, I really, really had no idea whatsoever. I enjoyed my time on the water, and when my team’s practice was finished, I would get off the boat, socialize with my teammates, maybe go grab a bite to eat with some of them, and then head home for a shower. Other than showing up to practice, I didn’t even consider my own role in my development as a paddler. For me, each practice...

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Paddlechica - 13 Tips for Success in International Racing

Paddlechica - 13 Tips for Success in International Racing

Posted by Kristin Stickels on

This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. Many of us will be heading abroad to race this summer, either to the Club Crew World Championships in Hungary, or the IBCPC in Italy. Whether this is your first international race or not, hopefully you will find these tips helpful as you head off on your travels soon. Best of luck to all teams competing this summer and I hope to see some of you in Hungary! The main framework of this list was originally generated by Jim Farintosh and shared with the paddlers at his Bow Wave Clinic in April. With Jim’s permission, I have...

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Customizing Dragon Boat Team Paddles - What's it like to work with Hornet's design team?

Customizing Dragon Boat Team Paddles - What's it like to work with Hornet's design team?

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What’s it like to work with Hornet’s design Team? Ask San Diego Dragon Boat Team!       If you want to become familiar with the experience of working with Hornet’s design team on your paddle design, hear from Rosauro, Lisa and their team from San Diego Dragon Boat Team (SDDBT), who had a great experience designing their team paddle.  Here is a little bit about the team.   Since its inception, SDDBT has developed in many ways amassing an impressive history of success at all levels including national and world championships. They have grown by adding other crews, including our...

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