On November 24, 2009, we lost Nancy Bergeson, formerly a member and captain of the OWLS Dragonflies team, and most recently a paddler with Wasabi Paddling Club.
Nancy, who would have turned 58 on November 30, was a dearly loved member of the Portland dragon boat community. She enjoyed competing and did so with enthusiasm and sportsmanship. She was a friend to all, encouraging us to be better paddlers and better people. In races, she cheered everyone on with gusto, even competing teams, since it seemed she had a couple of friends in every boat. We will miss Nancy's smile and her boundless energy.
Memorial services were held last weekend for Nancy in Portland including a memorial paddle on the Willamette River with Nancy’s former Dragonflies, Wasabi, and USA Grandmasters teammates. Remembrances may be made in Nancy's name to The Forest Park Conservancy.