City’s Dragons take 2nd place in boat race
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.