QUT Dragonboat Regatta 2014! Had the most amazing privilege to be in the same team as many national dragonboaters from Temasek Poly, Singapore Poly, Ngee Ann Poly and Republic Poly, which was probably the reason our first ever dragonboat race together was so successful HAHAHA but it was amazing effort from all of us in the boat and I’m glad to have been mentored by the best.
Also very heartened to see so many friends coming down to support us, even though it was a cold, wet, miserable rainy day but it definitely did not dampen anyone’s spirits! I hope Team Singapore did not disappoint!
Really did enjoy myself loads and loads that day, cheered and shouted till I lost my voice. 3 heats and we made it to the major finals, where we competed as 4 teams out of 24 that had the most points. I didn’t know what to expect at first but each heat we smashed everyone else even though we were in lane 4 most of the time (i.e. shittiest lane by far) and finally by a stroke of luck we were assigned to race in lane 1 for the major finals. With winds and rain in our faces we raced against the defending champions and it felt so good to be in a race again it was almost euphoric for me. After a powerful start and long strokes that kept the boat flying on the water surface, we pulled away from the other teams by the halfway mark and won the race by half a boat’s length, almost 5 whole seconds!
As part of our prize, we won free entry to next year’s dragonboat regatta, so catch us again next time!