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Five Benderson Park dragon boat paddlers named to US National Team

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The World Dragon Boat Racing Championships have been canceled for 2021, but the team honors remain.
by: Ryan Kohn Sports Reporter

Despite the 2021 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships having been canceled, the United States Dragon Boat Federation has decided to name its official team roster anyway — and five local rowers have made the cut. 

Mandy Kendall Boyers was named to the women's senior B (age 50 and older) standard team; Doreen Clyne and Angela Long were named to the women's senior B short team; Beth Turconi is a women's senior B team alternate; Don Bickel is on the men's senior A small boat team. 

All five paddlers are members of the Nathan Benderson Park Dragons, a local dragon boat program. Long is also the Dragons' coach. 

“I definitely think it has put us on the map," Long said in a release. "(We're) being recognized as a serious competitive program, with quality paddlers and resources.”

Though the world championships are canceled, the U.S. Dragon Boat Federation's Club Crew National Championships are still scheduled to be held Oct. 1-3 at Benderson Park. The Dragons will be in action at that event. 

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