Bo­ra­cay-based dragon boat teams do well in their sec­ond international race

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KUCHING SARAWAK, MALAYSIA — Bo­ra­cay-based dragon boat teams re­cently made waves at the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Re­gatta 2017, bag­ging a pair of gold medals and a sil­ver medal in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories they par­tic­i­pated in.

The Bo­ra­cay Drag­on­flies (women’s di­vi­sion) and Bo­ra­cay Dragon­force ( men’s di­vi­sion), com­pet­ing in only their sec­ond international race, ruled the 400-me­ter event International 12 crew Ladies boat com­pe­ti­tion as well as the 400-me­ter event International mix team.

They also bagged a sil­ver in the 400-me­ter Masters.

In win­ning the International 12 crew Ladies boat com­pe­ti­tion, the Bo­ra­cay Drag­on­flies clocked in 2.04 sec­onds.

Win­ning two golds and one sil­ver out of five cat­e­gories in the com­pe­ti­tion held from Nov. 10 to 12 at the Kuching Wa­ter­front in Sarawak, team of­fi­cials viewed it as a great achieve­ment for the team’s 2nd international race par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“The Philip­pine team had over­come its com­pe­ti­tion, con­sis­tently ahead of the teams from Aus­tralia, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, China, Hong Kong, Brunei, Thai­land and In­dia by over a boat in ev­ery heat,” Team Coach Von Navarosa said in an e-mail from Sarawak.

The Sarawak International Dragon Boat Re­gatta was also held in con­junc­tion with the of­fi­cial open­ing of The Golden Bridge, in Sun­gai Sarawak, an im­por­tant event in the tourism cal­en­dar of coun­tries in­volved in dragon boat races around the world.

Remy Aquino- Na­tion, team vice-pres­i­dent, said the Philip­pine con­tin­gent had been con­sid­ered a po­ten­tial cham­pion be­fore in view of its achieve­ment dur­ing the 2017 Bo­ra­cay International Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val where it won nu­mer­ous gold medals.

She hoped the team could con­tinue to be groomed with the help of the gov­ern­ment so that it can con­tinue with its achieve­ments com­pet­ing and win­ning races in­ter­na­tion­ally. Mak­ing ev­ery Filipino proud!


Of­ten over­looked by the me­dia, Bo­ra­cay Dragon­force and the Bo­ra­cay Drag­on­flies have earned the rep­u­ta­tion on lo­cal races as a team to be reck­oned. With over­all im­pres­sive awards within four years — 18 gold awards, 10 sil­ver awards, and five bronze awards to date. Their com­pet­i­tive rep­u­ta­tion is now be­ing rec­og­nized around Asia mak­ing them well cel­e­brated in the last Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val in In­done­sia and Malaysia.

The big­gest chal­lenge that the team faced dur­ing the race was the new ter­rain and the dif­fi­cult draw lanes. The wa­ter con­di­tion of the river is very dif­fer­ent com­pared to the salt wa­ter that the Is­lan­ders train in Bo­ra­cay. The Team had to ad­just and come up with a dif­fer­ent strat­egy to cre­ate a game plan that works with pad­dling against the river cur­rent, ac­cord­ing to the Team Man­ager/Coach Thomas Müeller.

For now, the team is cel­e­brat­ing the end of the Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val in Malaysia at Grand Margherita Ho­tel, with city tour gen­er­ously pro­vided by the Malaysian gov­ern­ment.

They will return to the Philip­pines ( Kal­ibo) to­day where a con­grat­u­la­tory cer­e­mony awaits them.

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