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SPC's University Program is an amazing experience for all university students to create friendships, travel, and compete internationally. An experience like this one will give you the opportunity to learn new skills and develop as a paddler. It will truly empower you to take on new challenges in the future.


The program consists of training 2 to 3 times a week at Sunnyside Paddling Club. Paddlers of all skill levels are encouraged to try out for this incredible opportunity! Contact Chrissy at for more information.

2015: SPC Ontario Universities Team

In September 2015, the SPC Ontario Universities Team competed at the World Famous Universities Dragon Boat Championships in Tianjin, China. Chrissy Wessman was the head coach of the university team with Blake Hara, head coach at SPC, leading the team in China. The students represented various schools including the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University, University of Guelph, and McMaster University. Each student received a $500 subsidy along with room and board accommodations while competing in China. 


The team won bronze in the 500m, and placed 4th in the 4000m and 5th in the 200m. Other highlights of the trip included an evening tour cruise on the Haihe River, meeting students from all over the world, and watching the entertaining team dances and performances at the celebration dinner. SPC OUT!



2012-2014: SPC's Intercollegiate Dragons

Chrissy Wessman, a world-renowned athlete and a true ambassador for all paddle sports, is the coach for the SPC Intercollegiate Dragons. The team acheived gold, silver, and bronze in the International Collegiate Dragon Boat Federation Championships hosted by the International Collegiate Dragonboat Federation in China in 2012 & 2013. Each student received a $500 subsidy along with room and board accommodations while competing in China. The team also participated in the 2014 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival in 2014.

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