More than forty members of the Telfer Executive MBA community gathered at Mooney’s Bay at 8 a.m. on Saturday June 23rd to race in the Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.
Two Telfer Executive MBA teams, the alumni’s Telfer Thunder and the candidates’ Telfer Torpedos, have participated in the Ottawa festival for the past five years as an outlet to foster networking, community giving and, of course, loads fun.
While the races themselves are short in duration, the time spent at the team site fosters conversations and builds relationships between multiple years of the Telfer Executive MBA community. Alumni, candidates and families who are not actively paddling in the race are also encouraged to stop by tent site and to cheer on their peers.
A tradition of friendly competition has developed between the alumni and candidate teams over the years, competing for the best race time. Alumni’s Telfer Thunder were ahead in the competition entering the day, holding the best time in three of the last five years.
The 2018 Experience
Both teams were entered in the education category and staged for their first race at 8:30 a.m. Teams gave themselves one last practice run as they made their way to the starting line at the opposite end of the bay, before the 500m race for the finish line began.
The outcome of the first race placed the Alumni’s Thunder ahead in the competition for 2018. They almost didn't place at all after almost failing their second rule established back in 2014 of not tipping the boat as it became unbalanced at the before beginning of the race, flowing water into the boat. They regained balance and continued in the race, setting a personal best time for their team at 02:27:66.
Teams enjoyed some down time before their next race at thet tent site networking with their peers and newly acquanted alumni members.
The two teams competed in separate heats in their second race, staging at 2:40 and 2:50 p.m. The Telfer Torpedoes completed their second race in just under 11 seconds faster than their morning time, crossing the finish line at 2:32.53. Telfer Thunder paddled hard down the 500m lane trying their best to set another personal best again. Crossing the finish line at 2:28:03, they lacked only 0.5 of a second from tying their personal best set earlier in the day, but they did retain their reign in the Thunder vs. Torpedoes annual competition.
Telfer Thunder Roster
- Melissa Olegario
- Tina Asselin
- Jennifer Hyland
- Taylor Bildstein
- Lorraine Gardiner
- Nicole Sigouin
- Peter Evans
- Will Bruce
- Pino Dicorato
- Mark Campbell
- Kevin Sterling
- John Texeira
- Warren Tkachuk
- Michael Groh
- Lee Hyland
- Sachin Golechha
- Peter Krajcovic
- Dale Myers
- Amy Tremblay
- Jessie Adamson
- Tanya Gracie
- Greg Cardona
Telfer Torpedoes Roster
- Adam Lebel
- Renren Bai
- Nina Vuthy
- Diana Prenoveau
- Megan Ryder-Burbidge
- Claudia Levac
- Michael Davidson
- Dilraj Sedev
- Bart Pleszewski
- Michael Barrie
- Alex Contu
- Steve Gauthier
- Suhail Al-Naswari
- Binder Khangura
- Asad Al-Sabbah
- Jennifer Dixon
- Yuri Motta
- Sabbie Duthie
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Telfer Thunder team photo
Telfer Torpedoes team photo
Telfer Executive MBA alumnus showing his wet clothes after the boat almost tipped.
Telfer Torpedoes returning to the team site after the first race
Additional members of the Telfer Torpedoes returning to the team site
Two peers from the Class of 2018 and members of the Torpedoes posing for a picture as they return from the race.
Three Telfer Thunder paddlers converse outside the tent area in between races.
Telfer Thunder's Michael Groh, EMBA 2014, stretches prior to the second race with his wife beside him.
The children of Telfer Torpedoes team captain pull mom and two of her classmates to the playground for some fun between races.
A member of the Telfer Torpedoes and Telfer Thunder talk with Alumni Manager, Jennifer Hyland, in between races.
Jennifer Hyland, Telfer Executive MBA Alumni Manager, poses with two female members of the Class of 2007 who are also participating in the dragon boat races.
Two members for the Telfer Executive MBA's Class of 2014 and members of the Canadian Armed Forces talk during lunch.
Two members of the Telfer Thunder talk inside the tent area a the team site.
Members of the Class of 2019 and Torpedoes greet a fellow classmate and his wife who stopped by the team site.
Members of the Torpedoes make their way to staging tent.
Class of 2019's Class President poses for a photo prior to entering the staging tent.
A member of the Class of 2019 and Torpedoes gives two thumbs up to the camera.
Member of the Telfer Torpedoes leads his team in a Telfer cheer while lined up in the staging tent.
Telfer Torpedoes lined up in the staging tent.
Telfer Torpedoes making their way to their dock site.
Members of the Torpedoes making their way to their boat for the second race.
Class of 2014 member and Jennifer Hyland, Alumni Manager, pose for photo in the staging tent.
Telfer Torpedoes step into their dragon boat
A member of the Torpedoes uses his paddle to scratch his back while seated in the Dragon Boat.
Member of Torpedoes strums his paddle as if it is a guituar while seated in the Dragon Boat.
One members of the Telfer Thunder team shows his excitement to the camera while waiting in the staging tent, while other members look on.
Eight members of the back of the Thunder team's boat lined up in the staging tent.
Female Telfer Thunder fastens her life jacket while smiling at the camera.
A member of the Telfer Thunder leans on his paddle while he waits to board the Dragon Boat.
Male Thunder paddler encourages a female paddler as they wait to load the boat.
Members of the Telfer Executive MBA Thunder and Class of 2014 sit at the front of the dragon boat watching the boat ahead of them leave the docks.
Wooden and painted dragon head affixed to the front of the boat.
Male members of the Telfer Thunder mimick paddling motions while lined up in the staging tent.
Telfer Thunder team seated at the midsection of the dragon boat waiting for others to enter the boat.
Four female members of the Telfer Thunder talk amongst themselves while seated in the dragon boat.
View of the Telfer Thunder team seated in the dragon boat from the perspective of the drummer who is seated at the front of the boat looking back at the paddlers.
Group of Telfer Torpedo members pose for a photo while in the staging tent (Similar to a team photo)
Telfer Thunder make their way to the docks for the second race.
Members of the Telfer Torpedoes make their way to the docks for their second race.
Members of the Telfer Thunder seated in their dragon boat. Photo is taken from the afar.
Three members of the Telfer Thunder pose for a photo post-race, one male member flexes his bicep.