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Club History

1994
FLCC becomes a registered society.
Started by Colin Chappell whose children competed in high level kayak racing out of the False Creek RCC.   Other members were recreational paddlers.
Summer programs start in Bedford –with university student coaches

1996
First Cranberry Race – boats raced from Chilliwack to Fort Langley.

1997
BC Summer Games in Burnaby /Delta – 4 athletes succeed from FL.
First Cranberry regatta in Bedford Channel –community teams only.

1998
National Canoe Championships in Whistler
Sprint regatta in Bedford Channel attracts 7 clubs
BC Summer Games in Maple Ridge – 6 athletes from FLCC.
First Paddlers Classic May regatta in Bedford Channel
Kayak winter paddling in House of Concord pool using SFU boats

1999
3 Flatwater paddlers on Team BC to Western Canada Games
20 paddlers to BC Bantam Championships

2000
Voyageur canoe  “Cranberry Lady” donated to the Club.

2001
Senior athletes join rowing in the official opening of FL Rowing Club.
Gain access to green boathouse.

2002
Flatwater hires coach for Sprint program.
Voyageur program starts – team goes to Day of the Longboat.
Walnut Grove High School Edge voyageur one day annual outing starts.

2003
Team BC trials on Bedford Channel – 4 FLCC paddlers make TeamBC
Had entry level K1s built for the club
FLCC Webpage developed

2004
One Dragonboat team formed hiring coach and renting DB weekly from False Creek

2005
Purchase first Dragonboat with substantial members fundraising – four Dragonboat teams in club.
FLCC – three athletes do well at Canada Summer Games.
Flatwater start using old sawmill building for storage and rowers paddlesport dock.       Purchase container for storage

2006
First Flatwater athlete to represent Canada at Pan Am Canoe Championships
Six dragonboat teams in club
First outrigger canoe (OC6) in club – used mainly by Dragonboaters for cross training
FLCC involved with Township of Langley waterfront development

2007
FLCC has 3 athletes on Team BC for Western Canada Summer Games
Seven Dragon boat teams in club

2008
Opening of new floating boathouse and Township of Langley docks
Nine Dragonboat teams in club
Second outrigger canoe in (OC6) club
Re-enactment of Simon Fraser’s voyage from Fort St James to Vancouver

2009
Eleven Dragonboat teams
Purchase third Dragonboat
Canoe Docks replace old Bedford docks for big boats
1 Flatwater athlete competes in Canada Games
Senior Ladies Dragonboat Team wins GOLD at BC Senior Games
Senior Mixed Dragonboat Team wins Silver at Alcan Festival
Power For All program launched for paddlers with disabilities
350 club members

2010
Twelve Dragonboat teams
Dragonboat youth afterschool programs begin
Purchase BUK Dragonboat – now have 3 6/16s + 2 Buks (1 is CKBC’s)
Purchased third OC6 (Bradley)
430 club members

2011
Fourteen Dragonboat teams including women’s 49+ team training for worlds 2012
First River Santa run.
Dragonboat youth after school two teams
Purchase Millennium Dragonboat – now have six Dragonboats available
473 club members

2012
Fifteen Dragonboat teams
Competitive women’s Fast and Furious bronze at Worlds in Hong Kong
First FLCC River Run Regatta for Outrigger
Purchase first OC1s in club
Purchase two new voyageur canoes and a three-boat trailer – now have eight Voyageur canoes
Dragonboat youth after school – four teams
502 club members

2013
Seventeen Dragonboat teams
Titanium, women’s 59+ dragon boat team, wins bronze at Canadian Club Crew Nationals; Fast and Furious, Titanium and Abreast with Fortitude qualify for Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy for September 2014
Club members organized 2013 Fraser River Brigade
540 club members

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Paddles Up !!!