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Insight & Inspiration - By Claudio Schermi

Dear EDBF Members, dear European Dragon Boat Paddlers,

I take inspiration for my candidature for EDBF President to the “PLATFORM” I prepared for the IDBF in 2015.

In the last 2 years many things have changed and I believe in the leadership and vision of our IDBF President, Mike Thomas.

As we enter a new era for our sport and our Members, there needs to be some changes in EDBF. As we evolve, we must maintain the Dragon Boat Chinese Traditions and ensure that the core values and founding principles of our sport remain intact.

My experience as an athlete, coach and race official in Kayak and Dragon Boat as well as competing at National and International levels has given me the vision to deliver an exciting and appealing program for the coming years.

Sport has shaped me - from my youth as a competitive athlete to this time as the IDBF Senior Vice-President, Chairman of the Ravenna 2014 Organizing Committee for the IDBF CCWC and Rome 2016 Organizing Committee for the EDBF European Nations Championships.

Until now, I can honestly say that, from my heart, my experiences in sport have been the foundation of everything I have achieved in life, and I continue to learn so much as I am constantly challenged to be innovative.

My Dragon Boat experience has given me the insight and wisdom to understand the aspirations for those in our sport; both the most active members and members with limited resources, who can count on me when it comes to protect and nurture our Dragon Boat family.

Our Federation’s members are the bedrock of our sport. To reinforce our ambitions we must recognise that we have new challenges facing us and that we need to have real vision and fresh leadership in tackling those challenges.

My objectives for the future are that we need to refresh our competitions, improve our sport’s presentation, reform our sporting calendar, embrace new media, and shape our own future within the IDBF and the European paddle sport community.

We need to work together, to involve the Executive Committee and the Council in the day by day life of our organization.

The EDBF will need to be committed to the long term future of its sport, developing strategies in areas such as sustainable development, education, safety and youth development.

My main goal is to grow DragonBoating in Europe and to make our sport able to generate increased revenue and thus opportunity for our paddlers, for our members, and for the organisation of our sport at every level.

I would like to say that we are very lucky in EDBF. We always put the interests of the athletes first and at the heart of our discussions.

If I become EDBF President, everything I do will be founded on a creative partnership with you.

My platform is a PLATFORM for us all. I believe that by working together passionately with trust and friendship we will deliver more than what is expected. Together we can increase the success for our sport and to get sufficient revenue to run the European DragonBoat Federation professionally and ethically.


This PLATFORM, based on six MILESTONES, represents my vision to increase the appeal of DragonBoating in Europe.

I am convinced that in realising this vision, in partnership with the EDBF Member Federations and with the support of the Executive Committee, of the Council and of the Race Officials, our sport will enter an exciting new era of growth that will encourage more young people becoming athletes, increase the potential audience for our sport.

Thank you for your support.


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Hi, I am Claudio

Sport has shaped me.

I’m the IDBF Senior Vicepresident and I served our sport for 12 years in this position.

I was involved in dragonboating since 1988, as an Athlete first, then as a coach, as a team leader, as organizer of 2 World and 4 European Championships in Italy, as IDBF Race Official, as founder and President of the Italian DBF (1997/2017) and Past Vice President of the European DBF.

My Experience has given me the vision to deliver a program for the EDBF coming years.

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Claudio Schermi

Tel: +39 335 62 99 580