Waves" Dragon Boat Team
in 1990, the Toronto Police "Crime Waves" Dragon Boat Team is
comprised of uniform, civilian and volunteer (Auxiliary) members
of the Toronto Police Service. The Toronto Police Dragon Boat
Team is the only multiple-regatta police dragon boat team in Ontario,
travelling to regattas all over Southern Ontario, Quebec and the
United States. Participation at practices and competitions require
a commitment of many off-duty hours each season.
boat team consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a helmsman. The
team paddles a 1300 pound, 40 foot long Chinese canoe through
a grueling 500 or 640 metre course. Due to work schedules, personal
commitments and the long competition season, it actually requires
more than 40 dedicated members to enter a 22 member team for each
Police Dragon Boat Team has been extremely successful since the
first year of competition; consistently placing top 25, and more
often top 10, at each regatta.
25, 1994, the Toronto Police Dragon Boat Team hosted the first
annual 911 Dragon Boat Challenge at Exhibition Place waterfront.
The event was organized to promote the sport of dragon boat racing
and fraternity amongst emergency service employees while raising
money for charity. Teams representing the Toronto Fire Department,
London Police Service, Mount Sinai Hospital, Royal Bank and of
course, Toronto Police Service were present. The 911 Dragon Boat
Challenge was a great success, with over $2,500 in pledges being
raised for the Children's Wish Foundation.
has continued to expand since its inception. In 1995, 27 teams
participated, raising over $27,000 to benefit the Children's Wish
Living Foundation, Breakfast for Learning Program received over
$34,000 in 1996 and over $43,000 in 1997. The Canadian Spinal
Research Organization benefited in 1998 and 1999.
The main commitment
of the Toronto Police Dragon Boat Team is to form partnerships
with the community we serve through friendly competition and community
service. Over the years, in addition to founding "The 911", the
team has raised money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, participated
in various charity regattas and mentored young people through