Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Preparing for the Dragonboat race

18 October 2009

Aljunied Dragonboat Race is here again. The Aljunied Dragonboat house was launched last year at Bedok Reservoir. The race would see grassroots leaders and residents representing their own divisions (Aljunied-Hougang, Eunos, Paya Lebar-Kovan, Bedok Reservoir-Punggol, Serangoon) to compete for the championship.

There are various categories such as the youth team, Constituency Sports Club team, Citizen Consultative Committee team, Residents' Committee team, etc.

Last year, Eunos youths lost badly. After a year, we're back with a punch! We have a much stronger team and hopefully we'll be in the top 3.

Goals aside, dragonboating is really an addictive sport. Just look at this video and you can see how serene it could get when you are paddling in the middle of a reservoir. The cool breeze (under a hot sun), smooth waters, greeneries and buildings...

Dragonboat is a sport which requires strong teamwork. It just takes one rower to row out of sync with the others and the resistance will slow down the boat. That's not including the extra scoops your teammate behind you will be drinking if you don't row properly.

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