Top 30 Dragon Boat Influencers on Twitter

We can not deny the huge role that social media play in our world today. It is widely used in a lot of industries, from small and medium-sized businesses to large corporations; because it has been proven to be beneficial in many ways. Twitter is just one of them.

In the dragon boat world, the twitterists (people who tweet) are like the Brand Managers who embrace social media; they promote themselves (their teams) and the sport in general. It is also a powerful tool to share links or convey short messages (140 characters) about trainings, races or any other announcements.

It is a quick platform to urgently broadcast the cancellation of practice. In just one tweet, you can circulate your message or advisories to your team members–your followers. Should you need to mention or thank your sponsors, partners or volunteers, you can be more specific, too, by tagging them in your post.

Dragon Boat Australia National Team
Dragon Boat Canada National Team

We have compiled this list of top twitter influencers in dragon boat to recognise their efforts in publicising, not just their team or business; but, essentially, the sport. These accounts usually have purposive tweets, have engaged their followers proactively, and those who often share or retweet relevant dragon boat news and events.

There are many others (teams and individuals) who contribute in promoting dragon boat through Twitter and we shall give them their due recognition and appreciation sometime in 2016. To share with you a practical lesson we learned from an account we’ve recently created: It takes time and patience to gain followers and become influential online; yet, it also pays be witty, informative, forward-thinking, funny and authentic.

1. Water Vipers

2. Dragon Boats New South Wales

3. Dragon Boat Banyoles

4. Dynamic Dragon Boat Racing

5. Puerto Rico Dragon Boat Federation

6. Indy SurviveOars

7. Lagan Dragons

8. Dragon Boat Charleston

9. Kaag Dragons

10. Mavericks Dragon Boat Club

11. Space Dragons Dragon Boat Racing Team

12. Greater New Orleans Dragon Boat

13. Dragon Boat Israel

14. Blackwattle Bay Dragon Boat Club

15. Swordfish Dragon Boat

16. Auckland Dragon Boat Association

17. British Dragon Boat Racing Association

18. Nanaimo Paddling

19. Singapore Paddle Club

20. Phuket Dragons

21. Dragon Boat Canada

22. Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival

23. Texas Dragon Boat Association

24. Survivors In Sync

25. Race the Dragon

26. Dragon Boat Sport

27. Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

28. Cambridgeshire Royals Dragon Boat Club

29. Dragon Divas

30. Boston1 Dragon Boat Team

 


What’s your team’s personalised #hashtag? Tweet us at @eugephemisms.

The Pink Ribbon Army: Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams All Across the World

This is a tribute post to all the Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams which exist all over the globe. While these dragon boat teams have been the navigators of the added fun and respectful support system for all paddling breast cancer patients and survivors, these teams have surely fostered camaraderie, friendship, sisterhood and sportsmanship amongst their team members.

Dragon boat has indeed become very popular in the breast cancer landscape. For many, the sport has played a big role in their journey—from detection to treatment—to survivorship. In our earlier post, we mentioned that there have been studies that dragon boat is good for the well-being of the patients and survivors; but we also believe that the benefits also extend to the families and even the caregivers who have been supportive as well.

“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.[…]” [8 Types of Dragon Boats You See At Races]

So, to all the individuals, groups or organisations who have formed and founded these Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams, we salute you for initiating and gathering this army of women and men. You have selflessly provided fun, hope, respect, support and care for these paddlers (patients and survivors) who may have, at some point, felt alone, hopeless or frustrated with the treatment.

To all the founders of these teams, you truly deserve the Pink Ribbon of Honour from all of us in the dragon boat community! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Droles de Rames

Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Teams

Argentina

Remeras Rosas La Plata

Australia

Adelaide Survivors Abreast Dragon Boat Club
Amazons Perth Dragon Boat Club
Brave Hearts on the Murray
Dragons Abreast Australia
Dragons Abreast Ballarat
Dragons Abreast Bendigo
Dragons Abreast Canberra
Dragons Abreast Geelong
Dragons Abreast Gold Coast
Dragons Abreast Groups
Dragons Abreast Melbourne/DAM Busters
Dragons Abreast Penrith
Dragons Abreast Sydney

Canada

Abreast In A Boat
Angels Abreast’s Dragon Boat Team
Barrie’s Ribbons of Hope Ontario
Breasts Ahoy
Breaststrokes
Busting With Energy
Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Team
Chestmates Dragon Boat Team
Dragons Abreast Toronto
Dragon Flies
International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission
Knot A Breast – Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team
North Shore Dragon Busters
Paddling for Life Society
Rowbust Dragonboat Racing Team
Sistership Dragon Boat Association
Spirit Warriors Dragon Boat Team
Survivors Abreast Peterborough Dragon Boat Team
Survivorship Dragon Boat Team
Survivor Thrivers
The WonderBroads Dragon Boat Team
Warriors of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Racing Team
West Island Dragons

France

Dragon Ladies LoVe
Dragon Pink Ladies Angers
Drôles de Rames
Pink Dragon Ladies Vannes

Germany

Ladybugs

Ireland

Cork Dragons
Donegal Dragons
Graine Mhaol Dragon Boat Team
Plurabelle Paddlers
Suir Dragon Paddlers
Waterford Dragon Warriors

Italy

Astro Dragon Ladies
Dragonette Torino Dragon Boat Team
Dragonflies
Florence Dragon Lady
Forzarosa Donna
Iscrizione Trifoglio Rosa
Karalis Pink Team
Pink Butterfly
Pink Lioness

Qatar

The Doha Wireless Warriors

New Zealand

Boobops Dragon Boat Team
Busting with Life Dragon Boat Team
Cancer Society Wairarapa Dragon Boat Club
Cansurvive Dragon Boat Team
Simply the Breast Dragon Boat Team

Singapore

BCF Paddlers in the Pink
Pink Spartans

South Africa

AmaBele Belles BCS Dragon Boat Team

Switzerland

Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival

United Kingdom

Lagan Dragons
Paddlers for Life
Pink Champagne Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team
PINK Dragon Network UK
Pool of Life
Port Edgar Dragons
Wave Walkers – Dragon Boat Team

United States of America

Against the Wind Breast Cancer Survivor Team
Breast of Friends
Derby City Dragons
Dragon Boat Atlanta, Inc, The only Breast Cancer Awareness team in Georgia
Dragon Boat Charleston’s Paddles and Pearls
Dragon Divas
Dragon Dream Team
Dragonheart Vermont
Empire Dragon Boat Team NYC
Go Pink DC
Healing Dragons of Charlotte
Hope in the Boat
Indy SurviveOars
Lake James Healing Dragons
Los Angeles Pink Dragons
Orlando Warriors on Water
Pink Paddlers
Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team
PINK PHURREE Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team
Pink Steel Breast Cancer Survivor Team
Prairie Dragon Paddlers
Soaring Spirits BCS Dragon Boat Team
Survivors In Sync
Team SOS Miami
The Kentucky Thorough-Breasts
The Pink Dragon Ladies Dragon Boat Team
Warriors on Water
Wellness Warriors: Dragon Boat Team

Please share this list to those who may still be looking for a Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team to join or support near their area. If your team is not listed above, kindly help us complete the worldwide listing by sending an email with your Team Name, Country and Link of Website/Facebook Page. Cheers!

Photo Credit: Drôles de Rames

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.

A VERY VERY HUGE thanks to all the dragon boat teams, clubs, associations and federations all over the world who have been sharing our posts on their Facebook pages and on their Twitter accounts. All our dragon boat posts have now populated over 50,000 Views (and still counting minute by minute) and you are a whacking part of this success. You are the true dragon boat advocates and agents and we can not thank you enough.

As we have read your tweets, Facebook comments and blog comments, we are happy to marvel that most of you often find our posts to be entertaining, insightful, funny, and, most of all authentic. To simply put it, perhaps it’s because we are passionate dragon boaters just like you are, that’s why you can relate to us; and because of this readership and patronage, we are indeed pumped up and inspired to give you more. (Oh, and if there is anything that you need to let us know (corrections, suggestions, et al.) to help improve our blog, please feel free to do so.)

A long line of Paddle Salute also goes to the tens of thousands of dragon boaters and supporters from all across the world who have spent time to read, like, comment and share our posts about this amazing sport that we all love. THANK YOU and keep breathing fire and always let go of that inner dragon in you during the races. Paddles Up!

Can you find your team on the Gratitude Cloud Graphic? If not, we will make another one soon, so please continue to share our TOP POSTS and FEATURES.


 
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30 Thoughts Every Dragon Boater Has Before The Race

The paddling season just passed by so quickly. Let’s repeat that for emphasis: Each paddling season passes by oh-so-quickly! You’ll be surprised that you’re actually down to your final two or three races for the year.

After weeks and months of practice with your team, there comes the judgement weekend—Dragon Boat Race weekend! And then, before you know it, another race is coming right up again. It becomes a vicious cycle!

Sometimes these series of races would fall in two or even three consecutive weekends. You’d usually blurt out: “Bring it!” For the love of the sport, you must compete. You mustn’t let the team down, they say. (Well, only if you are physically fit to race though. The Chief Boat Marshall will be checking on you.)

Baptism of Fire

For first time racers, you can’t believe that your baptismal dragon boat race is over. Everything happened so fast. You’ve championed it! One fine day, you were just learning how to hold a paddle properly and it was just your first time in the bumpy dragon boat. After that first race, you are now looking forward to the next one. Yes, you are and that’s normal. Welcome to the amazing world of Dragon Boating!

Why Dragon Boat?

As Dragon Boaters, here are the things that go through your brains before the race.

The Night Before

1. I should sleep early. Wait, I need to set the alarm. Then you check again if it’s set.
2. Is my team singlet/kit clean? Which bag do I bring? Where are my sunscreen lotions and potions? You just think of anything frivolous to get psyched up!
3. Are my other gears ready? (E.g. cap, seat pad, life-vest, training gloves, compression shorts; For the ladies: favourite earrings, lucky sports bra, or that charmed lipstick shade)
4. Where’s my paddle? Before going to bed, you put it somewhere near the bed or you let it stand at a corner visible to you. You. Are. Normal.
5. You hold your paddle once more and execute several proper strokes. Your mouth is open.
6. Should I bring food? What snacks are good to share to my team?
7. I have exams on Monday. I will just bring my notes and readings.
8. We have some work issues to solve in the office. I will call them in between races.
9. I hope someone brings a GoPro. Who is taking pictures? Who will take a video of the heats?
10. I should really be sleeping now. It’s late and you’re still looking for your lucky bracelet or anklet.
11. While already in bed, you try to imagine the heats and the intense starts.
12. You need to remember to remind yourself to breathe.
13. As you attempt to close your eyes, you imagine your team in the boat and it makes you nervous.
14. You mentally simulate a race. You get more excited. You’re nervous again.
15. You can not sleep just yet. It’s already 1am or even 2am.

The Next Morning

16. Will I be late? How do I get to the race site fastest?
17. Is everything inside my bag? Just have to wear your race ID lest you forget it.
18. Did I forget something? Sunscreen? SPF200? SPF500? (Those are the race distances.) Team drinking shirt? Favourite sports cologne? Have I fed the cat? Has the baby-sitter confirmed?
19. It just happens to have NO taxis at all in the morning of the races. Always! The buses are ultra slow!
20. Will there be coffee at the race site?
21. I can’t find my team’s tent / location.
22. I need to find our Coach or Team Captain or Race Manager. I need to stay motivated. AND.. I am getting nervous.
23. I need to locate where the toilets are. I am nervous. What the..?
24. You just arrived at the race site and it makes you more nervous seeing other teams. Especially teams that are already warming up!
25. Wait, what’s my position in the boat? No matter, I need to perform my best!
26. What time is my first heat? Which boat or category am I in? You’re a little panicky now. You should really chill.
27. We need to warm up really well. I need to really focus, that’s the job of my Captain.
28. I must push my teammates. At this point, you’re now doing more positive self-talk. Yeah, like a crazy person.
29. Forget the exam. Although you rely on stock knowledge, try to review during breaks.
30. Forget office work or that big presentation for now. Keep mobile phone open. I really should focus on the race and I hope I won’t be thrown in the ice box cooler later. Oh darn it! Focus. Focus. Focus.

These are few of the sudden thoughts (and silent jibber-jabbers) that come across a dragon boater’s mind the night before and the next morning before the races; and trust me, there are a lot more besides. (You have thought of one just now. Share it!)

We are just grateful for our Race Managers and our Coaches for making our lives a lot easier during races. We need not think of other bigger things like the crew composition, changes in crew, addition of crew, et cetera. All they wanted for us is to remain focused on the race and that’s our only job, really.

You Can’t Do It Alone

We just have to focus, to race our hearts out, fight to the finish and just live the moment. Apart from winning medals and cups, the greatest victory and success of a team is the kind of bond and unity that you have formed—how you’ve worked hard with your trainers, the respect you have for each teammate, and, most of all, the faith and trust you have to everyone in the boat.

As you train your body hard, please know that you’re also training your mind harder. Now, let’s get back to team practice!

 

The Author has been paddling for 18 years now and is still enjoying the fun and profundity of dragon boat paddling. A former President & Team Captain, an IDBF International Race Official and now part of the National Sports Authority’s Management Committee which oversees the Dragon Boat National Team and over a hundred twenty affiliate teams.

Photo Credit: Kelvin Pao

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