Listful Thinking: The Joys and Thrills of Dragon Boat

We love lists. First of all, they’re easy to read and in our case they’re easy and quick for us to write as it categorises, organises and summarises our ideas and observations; but then again, it’s just us. It’s still the choice of the readers on what materials they’ll read.

As the year draws to an end, let us look back on the listicles we’ve shared so far: Real-life experiences of dragon boaters, the people surrounding them and dragon boat’s status-quo and evolution, both as a lifestyle and as a sport. We have ranked them based on number of hits and how they have become viral through the support of our readers worldwide.

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We shall continue to offer relevant, yet fun, and informative, yet entertaining, reads for you in the coming 2016. Many thanks to all of you for inspiring us to do what we love doing. And while writing about dragon boat as our way of boosting the sport, it’s actually about giving it a voice, too.

Here’s a compilation of the list that we have posted about the sport; and here’s hoping that you can relate to any of our listicles; and, hopefully, if you haven’t done yet, you’d share them to your team or those whom you think will be interested to enter our wonderful, wonderful world of dragon boating.

1. 25 Things Only Dragon Boaters Understand

Drake

2. 22 Lessons and Things You Learned from Dragon Boat

Jen Aniston

3. 12 Things to Keep in Mind if your Partner is a Dragon Boater

Partners

4. 30 Thoughts Every Dragon Boater Has Before The Race

Adele stretching

5. 9 Dragon Boat-iquettes Every Paddler Should Observe

One Direction

6. 8 Types of Dragon Boats You See at Races

Hell Yeah

7. The Future of Dragon Boat

Future

8. 15 Motivational Tools from Incredible Dragon Boat Captains

Thank you TWD

9. 28 Amazing Athletes Who Will Inspire The Younger Generation of Dragon Boaters

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10. 10 Most Popular Dragon Boat Hashtags

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Interview Series: Captain Loh Zhi Ying, SEA Games 2015 Athlete

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This Q&A was with Loh Zhi Ying, Men’s Captain – Dragon Boat Team Singapore.

ATHLETE PROFILE

NAME: Loh Zhi Ying
BIRTHPLACE: Tampines, Singapore
AGE: 22yo
TRAINING COMMITMENT: Full-time
POSITION: Team Captain
PADDLING SIDE: Right
HEIGHT: 175cm
WEIGHT: 74kg
STATUS: Single

MEDAL RECORD: SEA Games 2011 – Grand Finalist; Asian Champs – Grand Finalist
INTERESTING FACT: Has recently discovered the love for Crossfit.


Q: Being in the National team is a tough responsibility. What keeps you going?

A: Just sheer passion in the sports. I want to see this sport in Singapore do well and since I like dragon boat a lot, I also want to share the experience to other people. Personally, I want to learn a lot first at this sport and then help promote it to others.

Q: How important is the coach’s role in keeping the supportive and respectful climate in the team?

A: They are very important. Our Coaches are like ‘maps’. They are the one leading us to our end results. They also serve as our checkpoints—they keep an eye on us. As they serve as our guidelines and checkpoints, they make sure that we are on the right track towards our destination—achieving the goal of the team.

Q: How do you manage your pre and post training nutrition?

A: I practically eat the same thing everyday. I make and prepare my own meals. In fact, my Mom is my nutritionist. I would suggest to her what kind of food I want or need. Then when she goes to the grocery, she’s kind enough to buy for me.

Q: Is it your own research or is it one imposed by your coach?

A: As I mentioned, my Mom plays a vital role in the (internet) research of my diet. When my coach wanted me to lose some weight, my Mom would search the net or Google and pick the food I would need. I am also big into liquids like fresh juices and some whey protein.

FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

Photo Credit: Under Armour/Triple Pte. Ltd.


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Interview Series: Shona Chan Wai Kay, SEA Games 2015 Athlete

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This Q&A was with Shona Chan Wai Kay, National Athlete – Dragon Boat Team Singapore.

ATHLETE PROFILE

NAME: Shona Chan Wai Kay
BIRTHPLACE: Clementi, Singapore
AGE: 21yo
TRAINING COMMITMENT: Full-time
POSITION: National Athlete
PADDLING SIDE: Left
HEIGHT: 165cm
WEIGHT: 54kg
STATUS: Single

MEDAL RECORD: DBS Marina Regatta 2014 – Two-time Bronze Medallist; SEA Games 2013 – Bronze Medallist

National Athlete Shona, used to paddle competitive canoeing in 2010 when she was studying at St. Andrew Junior College. Aside from doing sports, she is also determined to focus on her studies. Currently she’s on her way of gaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS).


Q: How do you know if there is compatibility between an athlete and the coach?

A: You would know if the goals are aligned. The athlete and the coach may not have the same idea/s, so mainly if the goals are aligned then it will work. If for example, the coach wants to alter a training program or technique, the athlete on the other hand should want to try it for he/she knows that it’s for the best, it’s toward the achievement of a common goal.

Q: In your dragon boating career, did you encounter any major challenge e.g. injury, external restraint, et. al. How did you manage to move on amidst this challenge?

A: Yes I have. I injured my lower back in February of 2014, but it’s not a major injury but it sometimes trigger when I paddle long distances. To keep me moving on, when I joined the N-Team, I had this goal that I want a gold medal from the SEA Games 2015. So from the point that I joined, it was already set that I will stay all the way and we will get the medal.

Q: In your opinion, does it affect the National Athletes’ performance in terms of how they are being compensated?

A: I think it would affect them especially when they are going full-time. Travel expenses is one factor but it is not the most important factor; but, of course, some external help would keep the motivation when at times you feel like there’s nothing inside or losing the spirit and particularly now (interview time) that the trainings are really intense and we do have morning and evening sessions almost everyday.

FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

Photo Credit: Under Armour/Triple Pte. Ltd.

 
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8 Types of Dragon Boats You See at Races

This premier post for 2015 is neither about the boat size and design nor the latest models of dragon boats used in present day paddling. Rather, this is about the different types of boats or teams which you see during practice sessions or at local races.

While dragon boaters are in a uniform jersey, there are also other (relatively) common looks, characteristics, and perhaps nuances which you may have noticed among the paddlers of a particular team. Oh yes, you know them so well, and, you know which type of boat you’re in, too.

 

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1. Gladiators

This type of boat has paddlers who look so fierce—like warriors. Looking at them, they seem to appear greasy, sticky and they look angry, as if it’s the final death match in films, 300 and Gladiator. They are impossible to tell apart with their identical (massive) biceps, shoulders, and trimmed backs. These dragon boaters all have poker faces. They all look so serious and always ready for the attack. They would shout the loudest and they can be a bit scary too. If you observe their demeanour, they often possess that “what’s-the-problem-why-are-you-looking-at-me” look. (Whoah, chill man! This is dragon boating not boxing or UFC.) They can be very intimidating especially at the athletes’ marshalling area.

 

Types of Dragon Boat

2. Werewolves of Wall Street

This boat is composed mainly of working people. From business finance managers, bankers, financial analysts, stock market experts, IT consultants, architects, advertising execs, teachers, journalists, sales and marketing managers; this boat is often a mix of paddlers ranging from leisure paddlers to those who are extremely competitive. They step out of the house as executives, looking sharp, smelling good and neatly combed; but then, once in the boat, they transform into wild, sweaty and fiesty beasts. They individually have full time careers but with the right amount of organisation and intense trainings, this boat can be the one to look out for at races.

 

Types of Dragon Boat

3. School of Rock

Whether an underclassman, a junior, a senior, an undergrad, a collegian, or a postgrad; these schoolboys and schoolgirls are usually very strong and very determined to rock the races. Some of them may be part-time students, but they’d usually devote full-time on the band (their school team). This kind of boat has its own race category: Collegiate, Tertiary or Inter-University. They fight with each other, year after year, one race after another, and, it can get awfully competitive. In fact, after they graduate, some of them may continue on paddling for their school’s alumni team. Apart from their own category, they are allowed to join the Open Categories as well. In these races, they dominate and often come as the ‘upperclassmen’.

 

Types of Dragon Boats

4. The Titans

This boat is composed of paddlers who are old timers in the sport. They are the first gods and titans of dragon boat, who ruled and beat the drums in the rivers, lakes and reservoirs back in the day. As they are the ones who were way ahead to be involved in dragon boat, they have the respect of the young bloods. Different dragon boat races would have a special category for these gods and goddesses. Some races and regattas would have them called: Seniors Class, Active Agers, Masters Category, et cetera. Do you aspire to be on their class one day? Even if you don’t, you will. These veteran paddlers have more knowledge and wisdom than any of us, so let’s raise our paddles of respect to these Titans!

 

Types of Dragon Boats

5. Dragonhearts

These very inspiring paddlers (‘para-paddlers’) with varying physical or intellectual disabilities, exceptionally live more by taking part in the modern day dragon boat paddling (or even racing). Whatever paralysis or incapacity they may have, like any paddler, they paddle their hearts out—they fight! They may be our war veteran heroes or our next door neighbour with, say, a movement, hearing or intellectual impairment; their love for dragon boat is just as passionate. While we salute these brave ‘para-dragons’ as part of our dragon boat family; we also hope that there will be more dragon boat sporting events for paddlers with disabilities. The IDBF has pioneered a championship division called Combined Racers Division for Breast Cancer Survivors Crew (BCS), All Cancer Survivors Crew (ACS), and Paradragons/Adaptive Paddlers Crew (APC).

Why don’t we consider having more categories for Adaptive Paddlers in the Nationals and Regionals?

 

Types of Dragon Boats

6. The Survivors

These men and women of dragon boat are our pride and inspiration as they are the cancer survivors or cancer patients who paddle and even race with us. As they crusade for awareness or even early detection of the disease, they play the big role in advocating and motivating other survivors and patients to maintain a good quality of life by keeping fit, strong and happy. In modern medicine, it has been recommended that exercising while on treatment or even after cancer treatment is safe, beneficial, and helpful for improved physicality and quality of life. #beatcancer #smackcancerwithapaddle

 

Types of Dragon Boats

7. Cowboys & Aliens

Like the sci-fi movie, this team is composed of an interesting blend of paddlers from all walks of life. The good news is: they all become dragons when they go in the boat. This varying mix of paddlers may be composed of crew from Gladiators, Werewolves, Titans, or even retired national athletes or former World Champs paddlers; but whichever boat they may be from, when they merge together, and, with hours and hours of practicing together, they could still make the boat glide as fast as the solid teams. This boat is often magically formed when a race is coming up. While composed mainly of experienced paddlers, they have high chances of burning their competitors in a heartbeat.

 

Types of Dragon Boats

8. Stormtroopers

Your team may be similar to one type, or, even a combination of three types. The final type of boat is the Stormtrooper Boat. It’s the kind that is uniformly dressed, most supportive of each other, knows how to have fun, and, most of all, loyal to the Galactic Empire (the team). Like the Stormtroopers, this team is especially trained with specific technique and strategy for a specific race distance and water/current condition. It’s the team where paddlers actually show up and perform at trainings and come to the race, ready to put on a good fight.

Tag you’re it! Which type is your team?

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