Photo of the Day | Manjuyod White Sand Bar

Manjuyod Sandbar Negros Oriental

Subject: Manjuyod White Sand Bar/Sumapao Shoal
Location: Manjuyod, Bais City, Philippines
Estimated Area: 600+ hectares/7km stretch
Group Tours: Bais City Tourism Council

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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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Loving Life

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POEM: Into the Dragon’s Lair

Dragonboat

Put faith in the self, faith in your team;
Keep an eye on the aim,
An ear on the roaring silence;
Whence the horn blows, unleash the beast.

Out in the open, away from the dark caves,
Free from the castle, old and bleak.
Then brave the waves,
Defy barriers to reach the peak.

Feel the drum’s beat, feel it move you;
Accept the strength it gives you.
Exploit it as your dragon dashes to kiss–
The end of the seas.

Into its lair–the burrow of victory.

Fasten an undaunted clasp,
On weapon’s shaft.
Reach longer, pull harder;
Gorge on air,
blow it back,
gobble up deeper.

Sing to the wind caressing your hair.
Feast on the water cleansing your eyes.

Breathe fire, exhale fire;
Catch the water—fuller, quicker.

Glide in the moment,
Be one with the elements.
Feel the beat to the core–again.

Shout!
Stretch,
Twist,
Live.
Live for the moment.

For your dragon tells who you are.
The self and the dragon is what you are.

You are the dragon; keep watch of your lair.
Safeguard your colours, hoist your flag in the air.

The water’s your sanctuary, your battleground;
Your passion’s safe ground.

Set the dragon free, set yourself free.
Into freedom’s lair and harbour of victory.

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Photo Credit: Jen Macapagal


 
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