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Helped to establish the British Dragon Boat Federation in 1987 and formerly their Vice President, and formerly the Chair Holder of the IDBF Competition and Technical Commission, Mike Thomas has been involved in the sport of dragon boat for the past 30 years. With his re-election in 2019, he will continue as the President to 2023 and make further improvements to the IDBF to strengthen its position as the World Governing Body for the sport of Dragon Boat.

President

Mike Thomas

Biography coming soon!

Senior Vice President 

Raymond Ma

Mathew Smith is a career dragon boater. As the former president of Dragon Boat Canada from 2006 to 2017, he helped build the organization from scratch to one of the IDBF’s most prolific members. He has also coached the Canadian national premier women’s team since 2011, and premier mixed since 2017. On the club level, Matthew runs the 22Dragons dragon boat club, one of Canada’s largest and most successful clubs. He is also involved in the event production side of dragon boating, helping produce 55 community, charity and sport races annually in Canada and the United States.

2nd Vice President 

Matthew Smith 

Having started dragon boating back in 1991, Julie was one of the first female helms in the UK and has since gone on to helm and paddle for both the British and Irish Dragon Boat Teams. Back in 2010, she founded the Irish Dragon Boat Association and has seen the sport grow through her roles as Chairman, Event Organizer and a dragon boat Coach. Julie is also a Grade 3 IDBF Race Official and has officiated at a number of European and World Championships, and was lucky enough to officiate at the 1st World Dragon Boat Championship in Yue Tang, China back in 1995.

3rd Vice President 

Julie Doyle

Biography coming soon!

4th Vice President 

Peter Jarosi

Biography coming soon!

5th Vice President

Fan Guangsheng

Biography coming soon!

General Secretary

Peter Tang

Biography coming soon!

Deputy General Secretary

Yu Hanqiao

Biography coming soon!

Treasurer

Alan Van Caubergh

Commencing paddling in 1989, she competed in several IDBF World Club Crew and IDBF World Championships for Australia.

With a background in sports management and business, Loretta has been a great contribution to the strategic planning and sustainability of the sport and the federation since 2011. By managing all the accounting and financial reporting, she ensures the IDBF has sound accounting practices and budgeting process.

Deputy Treasurer

Loretta Lewis

Biography coming soon!

Competition & Technical Commission

Melanie Cantwell

Biography coming soon!

Athlete Commission

Sue Holloway

Having started her dragon boat career in 2018, she found great passion in the sport and its community. Currently studying kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in Canada, she aspires to pursue a medical career, specializing in sports medicine. 

With her fluency in Mandarin & English, and her background in the sport and Chinese culture, she is helping the IDBF in its organization and preparation for bigger events. 

Administrative Assistant

Jou-Chung Chang