City’s Dragons take 2nd place in boat race

The New Age (Free State) - - GAUTENG NEWS - DIKELEDI RAMABOPA Nonhlanhla Si­fumba. dikeledir@the­newage.co.za

MEM­BER of may­oral com­mit­tee (MMC) for com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, Nonhlanhla Si­fumba yes­ter­day con­grat­u­lated the city of Joburg life­guard team, the Joburg City Dragons, for clinch­ing sec­ond place in the Dragon boat race at Florida Lake.

“I am en­cour­aged that the city’s life­savers have gained such skills in par­tic­i­pat­ing in aquat­ics. The cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion has pri­ori­tised the safety of its res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

“Hav­ing life­guards that are com­pe­tent in wa­ter sports is one way the city is en­sur­ing the safety of the com­mu­ni­ties that will be us­ing the city’s pools dur­ing the swim­ming sea­son,” MMC Si­fumba said.

The event was jointly hosted by the city of Jo­han­nes­burg, Tai­wanese As­so­ci­a­tion South Africa, South African Tai­wanese Hakka As­so­ci­a­tion and the Gaut­eng Dragon Boat As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Joburg City Dragons is a team of per­ma­nent and sea­sonal life­guards from var­i­ous re­gions around the city of Joburg aquat­ics sec­tion.

In the pre­mier sec­tion, in which the Joburg City Dragons won sec­ond place, they were com­pet­ing against the Florida Leg­ends and the Or­ange Farm Dragons.

Dragon boat rac­ing is a team sport which pro­motes com­pet­i­tive­ness and work­ing to­gether towards a com­mon goal, win­ning the tro­phy.

Each team con­sists of 18 pad­dlers, a sweep, a drum­mer and a flag catcher. Rac­ing takes place over a dis­tance of 350m.

The aquatic sec­tion has been in­volved with Dragon Boat­ing since 2004, when the first aquatic team was formed.

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