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Posted on: January 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local Paddler Captures Gold in Dragon Boat World Championships

Team USA Senior C crew, Dragon Boat World Champions

Michael Boyd, Head Coach and Captain of Colorado’s Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms dragon boat crew, recently returned from the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships in Thailand with a handful of gold medals. Boyd raced as a member of the Team USA Senior C Open crew, an elite group of 60+ year old athletes who emerged victorious in every heat they raced in, capturing gold at each distance category (2000-meters, 1000-meters, 500-meters and 200-meters). The crew also set a World Record for Senior C competitors at 1000-meters.

For dragon boaters, the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships is the pinnacle event – the equivalent of what the Olympic games represent to more conventional sports. Congratulations to Michael Boyd and the rest of the Team USA Senior C paddlers - IDBF Dragon Boat World Champions!

The Phantom Dragons crew trains in the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center pool 3 times a week during the winter months, using a dragon boat simulator that Boyd designed and constructed. The crew is always recruiting, if you would like to give dragon boating a try! Visit for more info.

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