Dragon Boat Team Singapore goes high gear with Under Armour for 28th SEA Games

As a befitting choice for champions, the Dragon Boat Team Singapore gets garbed in revolutionary US high-performance sports label Under Armour for the 28th SEA Games this year. Through this official sponsorship by Triple Pte Ltd, the exclusive distributor of Under Armour in Southeast Asia, the national paddlers from Dragon Boat Team Singapore will have the honour of donning Under Armour compression and training gear, as it sets its eyes on victory at the upcoming SEA Games in Singapore.

THE HEROES

Dragon Boat Team Singapore

The sponsorship comes in timely, as the country will once again play host to SEA Games after 22 years. This year, Singapore is also celebrating her golden jubilee, which marks a significant milestone for the nation, making this event even more memorable. The sponsorship will see Triple Pte Ltd providing Under Armour gear to Dragon Boat Team Singapore for the year.

“We want to continue supporting and spurring exemplary sportsmen and sportswomen who define the notion of true athleticism within our local sporting scene. We see huge potential in Dragon Boat Team Singapore. True to Under Armour’s iconic I WILLTM mantra, the team demonstrates such hunger, fervour and determination; giving their best into a sport they feel so passionate about,” said Mr Adrian Chai, Chief Marketing Officer, Triple Pte Ltd.

“The sponsorship is also an ideal platform for us to reach out to the sports community and to showcase Under Armour’s performance apparels in a strong regional and international athletic stage”, Mr Chai explained further.

“Dragon boating has a deep-rooted history and tradition here for over two decades. We believe that history can be made, and that glory is within reach. We are honoured to have garnered strong support from the dragon boat fraternity, and from partners such as Under Armour, as well as everyone who champions the sport,” said Dr Chia Shi-Lu, President, Singapore Dragon Boat Association.

The prestigious Dragon Boat Team Singapore was formed in 1989, comprised of only men while the women’s team was formed in 1995. Both teams have made significant strides in the history of this sport for Singapore.

Shanice Ng

Shanice Ng, Women’s Team Captain

Loh Zhi Ying

Loh Zhi Ying, Men’s Team Captain

“The team is highly motivated and grateful for the support from Triple Pte Ltd, and to be equipped with high-performance compression gear from Under Armour. Having the right training gear definitely helps individual athletes in enhancing their performance, by improving power endurance and helps in post training recovery. The teams have started intensive full-time training, and are confident with their performance to gun for their goal at SEA Games this year,” says Mr Derick Tan, Team Manager of the 2015 Men’s National Dragon Boat Team.

THE ADVOCATES

Derick Tan

Derick Tan, National Team Manager (Men’s Team)

John McGrath

John McGrath, SVP at Singapore Dragon Boat Association

The men’s team secured a milestone victory in the 10-men, 500m event, by clinching gold at the 17th SEA Games held locally in 1993. This was a historical win as Singapore’s first podium finish in this illustrious sport. In 2013, the nation’s women’s team fought hard to secure a landmark bronze in the five-crew, 500m-race during the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar.

Representing Under Armour in Singapore, Triple Pte Ltd has also been supporting and recognising our nation’s sporting individuals who have excelled in their own sport, including the nation’s only competitive female rower Saiyidah Aisyah, who clinched a gold medal at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar; Singapore’s first UFC fighter, Royston Wee; and Singapore’s only tennis player who competes regularly in the WTA circuit, Sarah Pang, who was also recently selected to represent Singapore to compete in the Fed Cup this year.

THE MENTORS

Coach Naiang Naiang Htoo

Coach Naiang Naiang Htoo, Head Coach – Dragon Boat Team Singapore

Bryan Kieu

Bryan Kieu, National Coach (Men’s Team)

“We believe in supporting our national paddlers and other national sportsmen both physically and emotionally, to spur them to be better athletes and excel in their sport,” added Mr Chai.

Source: Company Press Release
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Interview Series: Coach Bryan Kieu (Men’s National Team)

This Q&A was with Coach Bryan Kieu, National Coach – Dragon Boat Team Singapore (Men’s Team)

Coach Bryan started paddling at an early age. He was only seventeen years old then when he first paddled the waters of Singapore. The year was 1997 when he first competed at an inter-school dragon boat race where he represented Hwa Chong Institution.

This very passionate Dragon Boat Coach loves to collect Transformers collectible figures and he loves joining Marathons, too.


Coach Bryan Kieu

COACH PROFILE

NAME:Bryan Kieu
BIRTHPLACE: Johor Bahru, Malaysia
AGE: 34yo
HEIGHT: 165cm
WEIGHT: 68kg

COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

Dragon Boat Team Singapore National Coach 2011 – Present

COACHING ACCOLADES

National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) Level 2
Asian Dragon Boat Championships (ADBC) 2012 – 3 Bronze Medals
Asian Dragon Boat Championships 2014 – Grand Finalist
SEA Games 2011 – Grand Finalist
SEA Games 2013 – Grand Finalist


Q: How long have you been the National Coach for the Men’s Dragon Boat Team Singapore? Do you like the life of a coach? For that matter, is it easy or tough for you?

A: I have been coaching the Men’s Team since 2011. I can say that I like the life of a coach but the main reason behind it is really because of the passion–the dream to raise the Singapore flag high in the podium finish. That is the main reason why I want to be a Coach. Back then, I could stay on to be an athlete but the community at that time needed a coach to look after the N-Team so I stepped up. In other words, I just filled the gap. I wouldn’t say that I was the best person back then but I felt that there’s a need to impart the lessons learned from the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010 and could be carried forward from there and not start from zero again. At that time, I thought that there is a great need for knowledge transfer to carry on the legacy. The life of a coach is tough; but I guess the reason why I like the life of a Coach is mainly because I find meaning in it.

Q: How important is the motivational climate to you in leading the National team?

A: I think a lot comes from within me–I want to do it–I should want to do it. Other factors which constitute a good motivational climate are your resources, whether from the association or from the sports council; and, of course, your paddlers. You have to have enough resources for the team; that includes having enough paddlers, to be able to achieve the high performance you’re aiming.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

Photo Credit: dbteamsg.sg

Thank you, Dragon Boat World!

Dragon Boat Teams

This gratitude cloud graphic was generated through the search results which we have collected online. These teams are among those who have shared our articles and ‘list-icles’ about dragon boat. It’s such a delight and joy to see the massive number of shares, likes and comments about our posts and features.

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