HEAD COACH'S PROFILE: KEN GENE
Ken Gene is credited as one of the key people who introduced the sport of dragon
boating to the City of Stratford. As Event Director of the Stratford
Dragon Boat Festival for 1996-1998 he has helped to make the event the
largest dragon boat festival per capita in North America. As well, he is the founder of the first 1000 metre dragon boat event in Canada - Wildwood 1000 Dragon Boat Challenge, that was held between 2000 to 2002. Ken was also an advisor to Thunder Bay Dragon Race Festival.
Ken was a former competitive sprint paddler with the
Burloak Canoe Club out of Oakville from 1989 to 1997. He is
also one of the founders and current head coach Stratford Dragon
Boat Club. With the help of the members of the Stratford Dragon Boat Club, Ken has provided the training for the majority of the competitive paddlers and steerspersons in the Stratford area. As an active
promoter of paddling sports, he has initiated high school dragon boat and
war canoe programs.
Ken is the current president of the Stratford Dragon Boat Club and has also been a member of the Dragon Boat Canada High Performance Committee since 2013. This committee oversees the National Team process. Ken is the Dragon Boat Canada liaison for the Junior and U24 National Team programs.
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