Verdun DBC takes great pride in our coaches. They are the cornerstone of who we are and what we do. Our experienced coaches are technically proficient and strategically sound. They not only know who their athletes are but also what their bodies need. Verdun DBC's paddlers benefit from our coaches' knowledge of all facets of physical conditioning. Their understanding of the psyche of athletes and how to manage them is also a component of our success.
Ira E. Lax — Head Coach
Ira achieved a tremendous level of success with his Verdun DBC Premier Mixed teams at the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships, winning two team national championships in 2014 and 2016, and a bronze in 2010. He led his Premier Open's (men's) team to a seventh place finish at the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships in 2011, and won silver with them at the provincial level. Ira also coached his Senior A Open team to a bronze medal finish at the national championships in 2015.
Ira competed regionally and internationally as a dragon boat paddler for five years, starting in 2000, frequently earning a spot on the podium with his teams. He helped found Verdun DBC in 2003 and joined the coaching staff there in 2005. Ira also served as treasurer of Dragon Boat Canada from 2006 to 2011.
Alongside his coaching duties with Verdun DBC, Ira has been coaching National Team athletes on the paddle erg since 2012.
Sheri Cameron — Coach
Sheri has successfully competed at the international and national levels of dragon boat racing on both mixed-crew (men and women combined) teams and women's teams. Sheri's mixed Verdun DBC team won the Club Crew World Championships in Macau in 2010, one of four times Sheri competed at the CCWC. She also paced the Canadian National Premier Women's Team to gold at the 2013 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.
Sheri has podiumed nationally and regionally numerous times both with Verdun DBC and her Premier Women's team. She also led Verdun DBC as general manager for four years, from 2010 to 2013.
While Sheri has acted as an assistant coach and trainer for Verdun DBC on a number of occasions, she formally joined the coaching staff in 2016. She continues to paddle competitively to this day.