Festival Awards

Divisional Awards 

Depending on the number of teams registered in the event each year, the Festival runs between 3-5 divisions. Winning teams of each division receive a keeper plaque and 25 medallions. Platinum Division (top division) will recognize first, second and third teams. 

  • Festivals 20-30 Teams:
    • Platinum (top division) 
    • Gold 
    • Silver   
  • Festivals 20-40 Teams:
    • All Levels above + Bronze 
  • Festivals 20-50 Teams:
    • All Levels above + Copper

Barrie Champions Trophy 

This trophy is awarded each year to the Barrie based team which places highest in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. The trophy is awarded for a period of one year. In addition, the winning team receives 25 engraved medals. 

Community Awards  

There are four community awards. Winning team or individual receives one keeper plaque.  

Spirit Award 
Awarded to the team showing great team spirit throughout the event. 

Best Dressed Team Award 
Awarded to the best dressed team – judged throughout the event. 

Bruce Saunders Rookie Team of the Year Award 
This award honours the memory of Bruce Saunders who always gave so much of his time and talents encouraging and coaching teams here in Barrie; from our first year in 2003 through to 2008. Bruce always took great joy in introducing “newbies” to the sport. Awarded to a brand-new team showing such traits as enthusiasm, skill and joy on the water! 

Tracy Latimer Memorial Award 
The Barrie Public Library and the local Dragon Boat Community lost a special friend in 2022.  Tracy Latimer was a friend to all those who knew her, and they all loved her dearly.  Tracy played an instrumental role in establishing the dragon boat community here in Barrie, introducing many new individuals to the sport, to the library, and its Festival.  This award has been established to celebrate Tracy and her dedication to the Barrie Public Library and the Dragon Boat Community.  It is awarded to an individual who embodies the same spirit as Tracy. One who brings others together through the love of dragon boat and has a contagious passion for the sport and their local community!  

Challenge Cups 

A special thanks to all our challenge cup sponsors! 

Challenge cups are awarded to the team with the fastest race time of the day within that Challenge Group. The winners are presented with a trophy as well as 25 engraved medals. These are presented at the Awards Ceremony, where teams are encouraged to take photos. 

All challenge cups will remain at the Barrie Public Library; if the winner would like to hold the cup on a temporary basis, please contact dragonboat@barrielibrary.ca

Eligibility for Challenge Cups  

  • Teams must register to be in a Challenge Cup category 
  • Every team will fit into the criteria of at least one challenge cup category 
  • If your team fits more than one category then you must choose which to enter as each team can only enter one challenge cup 

Awards and criteria are as follows: 

Open to teams from sectors of the Armed Forces. 50% of paddlers on the team must be currently serving members of the military. Sponsored by CFB Borden. 

Open to BCS teams comprised of 100% Breast Cancer Survivors on their Team Roster. Designation as a breast cancer survivor team must be noted on your registration form. Sponsored by Superior Home Health Care.

Open to teams from businesses legally defined as a corporation. Sponsored by Moore Packaging.

Open to unspecialized teams participating in the Festival, such as casual and/or groups of friends not specifically associated with a particular organization.   

This awards is named after Karen Saunders, an avid dragon boater in the Barrie community who is battling Glioblastoma. All teams who have a female only roster can sign up for this challenge cup.  This is open to teams who are also participating in the Anna Kwan Breast Cancer Challenge Cup.  

Open to teams from organizations or businesses in the service area of wellness, i.e. hospital, dentistry, chiropractic, nursing home; etc. Notify the Festival office of the service you provide. Please call 705-728-1010 ext. 2230 if you need clarification. 

Open to teams entered from a registered charity. The charitable registration number of the charity must be submitted to the Festival office. Sponsored by the Festival Host, Barrie Public Library.

Top Fundraising Team Award

Presented to the Team who fundraises the highest amount for the charity of their choice. Total amount of funds must be confirmed by the Team Captain upon check-in at the Registration Tent on Festival Day. Sponsored by Tim Hortons.