Executive Committee


The administration of the IDBF consists of the Congress and the Council. The Congress is a representation of all Full and Basic members. Because this is too large a group for day to day business, the management is done by the Executive Committee. 


Below is the list of members of the council and the executive committee with their email addresses, of course you can also contact the IDBF here

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Mike Thomas


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.

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Raymond Ma

Senior Vice President 

Has been involved in dragon boating in Hong Kong since 1988 and is the President of Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association. He was previously part of the Hong Kong National team and also also been part of their management group at World Championships. The Organizing Committee of the successful 12th Club Crew World championship in 2012 was Chaired by him. Among his other responsibilities, he is the Chairman of the Hong Kong water Sport council.  

Matthew Smith 

2nd Vice President 

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.


Julie Doyle

3rd Vice President 

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.


Peter Jarosi

4th Vice President 

Peter got acquainted with the dragon boat sport in 1999. With his contribution the Hungarian Dragon Boat Federation was formed, of which he is the president.

He is still a coach and he competes as a helm and paddler as well.

Peter was the chief organizer and the competition director of 3 standard international dragon boat world championships: ECCC 2009 (Budapest), WDBRC 2013 and CCWC 2018 (Szeged). The latter was the most successful and the largest dragon boat world championships of all time.

In 2018 and 2019, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Hungarian Dragon Boat Federation, he wrote and edited books titled “Dragon Boat Sport”, which can also be read in English.

He is currently the Vice President of the Hungarian Competitive Sport Federation and the Vice President of the European and International Dragon Boat Federation. In the IDBF, he deals with the preparation of world championships.

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Fan Guangsheng

5th Vice President

Mr. Fan Guangsheng started to work in Chinese Sports Department in 1983, and he is familiar with related work in sports industry. In 2017, he began to work on the development and management of Dragon Boat in China. He is currently a member of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Vice President of the International Dragon Boat Federation, President of the Asian Dragon Boat Federation and President of the Chinese Dragon Boat Association.

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Peter Tang

General Secretary

Former team leader of the China Macau Dragon Boat Team back in 2005-2007 World Nations Dragon Boat Championships in Berlin and Sydney. From 2006 onwards, he is the Race Director of the annual Macau International Dragon Boat Races. 


Promoted to the IDBF Level 4 race official in 2009, he served in the IDBF Club Crew and World Nations Championships, World Nations Cup events. At the Asian Dragon Boat Federation's events, such as Asian Dragon Boat Championships, South Asian Sea Games, East Asian Games, and more, he served as the Chief Race Official, Technical Director, and Race Jury. 

In 2013, he was appointed as an Acting General Secretary and was elected as General Secretary for a four-year term at the 2017 IDBF Members Ordinary Congress in Kunming, China.

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Yu Hanqiao

Deputy General Secretary

Mr.Yu Hanqiao was a rowing athlete  from 1980 to 1987 and won the champion in the Asian Games 1986. Since 2010, he has been engaged in the development and management of Dragon Boat in China. He has served as jury and technical delegate in many major championships such as IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships and Asian Games Dragon Boat events. He is currently Deputy Secretary-General of the International Dragon Boat Federation, Secretary-General of the Asian Dragon Boat Federation and Vice Presidnet of the Chinese Dragon Boat Association.

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Alan Van Caubergh


Co-founder of the Dutch Dragon Boat Association and EDBF Honorary President, Alan has been serving the IDBF since 2012 as the Treasurer and a Member of the Competition & Technical Commission. Also the Chair of our Technical Equipment Commission, he is involved in the certification of boats and paddles, and equipment development.

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Loretta Lewis

Deputy Treasurer

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.


Melanie Cantwell

Competition & Technical Commission

Began as a competitive paddler and discovered her passion in sport administration and officiating, she has been involved in the sport for over 24 years. Elected as the Chair of the Competition & Technical Committee back in 2015, she collaborates with the Race Officials and IDBF Leadership Team to ensure conduct and fairness for all competitors. 


Sue Holloway

Athlete Commission

An Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist in sprint kayak, and the first women to compete in the Molokai Hoe Outrigger Race, Sue Holloway is very involved in the sport of paddling. Having participated and medaled at numerous World National Championships and Club Crew Championships since 2004 with the Canadian Senior National Team and Galley Girls Club Crew, she represents the dragon boat community as the Chair of the Athlete's Commission.


Jou-Chung Chang

Administrative Assistant

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.