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VENDORS DENIED ACCESS TO ATHLETES AT WORLD DRAGON BOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS
As an athlete I was extremely proud of all my Canadian Sr C crew this past week at the World Dragon Boat Championships, winning 7 gold medals to go with a silver and bronze.
But I’m also a vendor, owner of a Canadian family run business that purchased space at the Championships, where things were very different.
In an effort to stay focussed as an athlete and not be a distraction to my team mates, I have not gone public about how vendors have been treated over the past 2 weeks, by Canal Corp staff and Dragon Boat Canada until the last 72 hours..............
The support from the paddling community that were informed has been humbling,” THANK YOU”.
For a 10' x 10 ' space we were charged $1,000.00. I saw that as an opportunity to support the sport I love and grow the Walton Sports brand internationally, stocking up accordingly.
On arriving, there was to be name tags for my staff... WRONG, "your booth will be located outside the perimeter fencing of the facilities and your staff will not be allowed inside the grounds unless they pay.
“WHAT?” The athletes are our target market, if they can’t access the area , no sales, no future.
Discussions around relocation with facilities staff and Dragon Boat Canada brass over the past 10 days went NOWHERE. They were told the results would “KILL MY BUSINESS” – no action, they don't get it, they don't care.
The International Dragon Boat Federation representatives that I spoke to said they had no input and no idea of the situation (if they were part of the decision, shame on them too!)
The larger businesses were located at the hub of the facility in the plaza, where they belong. These are good businesses that also support the sport and good people that run them - no axe to grind here - I wish them well.
But repeated requests for re-location of my company, Walton Sports resulted in an option to move in a less favourable location without power again, outside the perimeter fence.
The businesses that were located in the isolated area to the south of the racecourse outside the security fencing are suffered BIG time... they lost thousands and are upset!
I put up a $300 promotional bannerstand with an arrow pointing to our booth at the athlete marshalling area exit attached zip tied to the inside of the fence. I was told to “REMOVE IT NOW!” I attached it to the outside of the same fence and later in the day found it folded on the ground, the hardware ruined.
Most athletes dropping by in the last 2 days of competition said "I had no idea you were here. Why aren't you where the athletes are?"
Believe me we tried and tried but it's obvious the “Shoreline Market & Expo” was a cash grab by those in charge of the event who could care less about our return on investment.
As Official Merchandise supplier to DBC 2012-14, Walton Sports provided $10,000.00 in cash on commission sales, donated a National Championship trophy, provided staff with apparel and loads of freebees at events, $10 off on product to volunteers at Nationals etc etc.
I was happy to do it, happy to help out. It helped to grow the sport and I love seeing people "light up" when they get new merchandise, even if my margins are less than the others.
The results of the past week as predicted have been devastating and will likely mean the end of Walton Sports with thousands of dollars in lost revenues. Products had to be so heavily discounted just to maintain any cash flow and pay staff.
I hope festival organizers across the country and around the world learn from this mistake and include vendors in their planning. If you want their support, give them a fighting chance, please.
So next year when you are at a regatta in Canada and you need a seat cushion or a paddle, I hope there will be someone there to serve you, I hope it’s me, but not likely………….
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The entire recording of the TV broadcast of the WNDBC 2015 in Welland is available to watch at www.livestream.com/idbfchampionships
The IDBF Members Congress held in Welland, Niagara, Canada on 24 August 15, saw the end of an era when Mike MacKeddie-Haslam, the current IDBF President retired after over 20 years at the Helm of the IDBF Dragon. The Statute amendment which would have enabled him to stand for a further term of office, required a two thirds majority vote of the IDBF Full Members present at the Congress.
IDBF News Archive: 2015-08-25 - End of an era
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The recordings of all 5 days TV coverage of the WNDBC 2015 in Welland can be watched at www.livestream.com/idbfchampionships thank you to everyone watching the live feed and all your positive feedback. If you are interested in advertising your business, event or festival on the TV in Adelaide then contact us at email@example.com
Hi guys! Winsor here, IDBF Race Official, working with the livestream systems to deliver you pictures and results from the Championships in Welland, Canada.
Please look at http://livestream.com/idbfchampionships/events/4242446 for the streaming,
https://idbfchamps.org/2015_well.php for the progression and results!
Do let me know what you like about the stream, as IDBF is working to bring you better feeds of the world events in the years to come. :)
Thank you to the many thousands of people all over the world who are watching our TV broadcast of the IDBF WNDBC 2015. Your positive feedback is very much appreciated.keep watching at www.livestream.com/idbfchampionships
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Boot, shoe, or cup? What say ye?
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Sorry to say this but just trying to help. The results page is very blurry. Can that be fixed?
Please check livestreaming...its not working :(