There is no ‘typical’ [Living] Rooter, but for the most part, we’re working professionals in our 20’s-50’s. We’re competitive, but not jock-y. We love learning from veteran paddlers, and we love introducing the sport we love to newcomers. Lovelovelovelovelove(
Many people ask about the commitment. Rooters make it to practice when we can, but hey, we’re grown-ups, so sometimes that’s not all the time. After your first two practices, we do ask you to seriously considering officially becoming part of the team by submitting a membership fee. Your small annual fee is your license to attend as many or as few practices as you feel fit (the more, the merrier of course!).
The more you attend practice, the better your technique, power, timing, and endurance will be. These qualities are considered as the coaches determine line-ups during the race season. .
Coaches & the Board
Living Root is a non-profit managed by an elected board of Rooters. Our coaches are volunteer, experienced paddlers.
Here’s a short bio of all our coaches.
Sandy Parker has been paddling all of her life. Just kidding. A Living Root member since 2006, she takes great pleasure in running extraordinarily difficult practices with a smile on her face. An ex-rower with a specialization in bringing new paddlers up to racing speed, she enjoys almost everything about dragon boat racing, except the frigid temperatures of Boston in April.
Dave Parker is Living Root’s team captain. He started paddling in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. No stranger to boats, he began sailing at 12, spent several years driving ships in the Navy, and now draws on his maritime experience to lead the team. Years of experience have taught him that truly anyone can become an amazing paddler with just a little training.
Lachlan Hicks started paddling in 2010 and became a certified steerer in 2011. Prior to joining Living Root in 2013, he paddled in Australia with Sydney Tsunami. Lachlan can often be heard screaming “Move, Bitches” in a thick Australian accent from the back of the boat.
Liza Harsch joined Living Root in 2012, has been the team’s clerk since 2012, and became a coach for the 2014 season. Liza was a member of both the the varsity tennis and squash teams at Williams College, and is also a former certified group fitness instructor. She is currently a certified dragon boat junkie, and enjoys hopping on the erg at parties.
Kaila Bachman started paddling with Living Root in 2010, served on the Board as Director-at-Large for two years, and started coaching in 2014. Dragon boat was an obvious choice after growing up with canoes and learning to sail in college. If she’s not teasing Lachlan for being an architect or photoshopping paddlers as Superman, she’s probably talking about plants and laughing too much at her own jokes.
Fed Chavez heard about dragon boat racing in the spring of 2013, and quickly found himself at the Boston Harbor hugging paddles and bailing boats at Living Root practices. He joined the coaching ranks for the 2015 season. Before joining Living Root, Fed -a committed couch potato- never engaged in any sort of activity besides running towards the Krispy Kreme donut shop during his Florida days, or flexing his thumb muscles in front of a video game. The team mentality he experienced with Living Root, and the support he found in his teammates transformed his way of thinking. It propelled him to become a devoted paddler with intense spirit, and a committed force for self and team success. Fed is our expert team motivator, and 90s music connoisseur. You can often find him welcoming new paddlers, hugging everyone he sees, not understanding what Lachlan is saying, or cracking jokes with Dave…usually about Lachlan…or Steve, our team mascot.
A lifelong Boston area resident, Matt has been paddling since 2012.
He believes in the positive impact that dragon boating can have on physical and mental health, especially when you push yourself to be the best paddler you can be. You can catch him in the boat almost every practice, complete with Caprisun in tow.
Quinn Tian got interested in Dragon Boat after accidentally stumbling into the 2011 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race in Victoria Harbour during his first trip to Hong Kong. He joined Living Root the following January and has been part of the Team ever since. He enjoys the intensity, the fortitude and the commodity that dragon boat brings. He likes training newbies and helping them improve, cause the most important thing about dragon boat is not if you can paddle but if you can paddle better, longer and stronger. There’s always room for improvement. You can catch him at almost every practice feel free to stay hi, pick his brain or just talk about your day.
The Living Root Board of Directors spends it’s time trying to take over the dragon boat world. Primarily responsible for marketing, advertising, recruiting, teambuilding, and generally being awesome, the Board meets regularly to discuss how to make Root even bigger, better, faster and fancier. The 2015 Board is:
Sandy Parker, President
Keerthana Pachalla, Vice President
Chrissy Souder, Treasurer
Aaron Kraemer, Clerk
Fed Chavez, Director At Large