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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Local Paddler Captures Gold in Dragon Boat World Championships

Michael Boyd and wife Deb after he won several Dragon Boat World Championship gold medals

Michael Boyd, Head Coach and Captain of Colorado’s Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms dragon boat crew, recently returned from the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships in Thailand with a handful of gold medals. Boyd raced as a member of the Team USA Senior C Open crew, an elite group of 60+ year old athletes who emerged victorious in every heat they raced in, capturing gold at each distance category (2000-meters, 1000-meters, 500-meters and 200-meters). The crew also set a World Record for Senior C competitors at 1000-meters.

For dragon boaters, the IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships is the pinnacle event – the equivalent of what the Olympic games represent to more conventional sports. Congratulations to Michael Boyd and the rest of the Team USA Senior C paddlers - IDBF Dragon Boat World Champions!

The Phantom Dragons crew trains in the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center pool 3 times a week during the winter months, using a dragon boat simulator that Boyd designed and constructed. The crew is always recruiting, if you would like to give dragon boating a try! Visit for more info.

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