25 More Dragon Boat Accounts to Love on Instagram

The global usage of Instagram is ever increasing and is now estimated at 400 million active users monthly. While thousands and thousands of dragon boat-themed accounts are now active on this photo/video-sharing mobile app; whether it’s for social or marketing use, it’s all good publicity for the sport.

The utilisation of this social networking service varies in a lot of ways: to promote the team, to inspire team members and followers, to feature paddlers, coaches or sponsors, to advertise dragon boat products and services, to broadcast upcoming races, and so on and so forth.

No matter. To us paddlers or dragon boaters, these dragon boat accounts that we follow make us feel good; and while a multitude of accounts emerge on a daily basis (perhaps hourly, or by the minute even), this just means that our sport is growing exponentially, which is a good thing. If your team is not on Instagram yet, consider creating one. It’s going to be worthwhile.

From visually inspirational images and videos, to helpful health tips, to motivational quotes; these accounts may have, in one way or another, mirrored the dragon boating/paddling life that we aspire.

Here are 25 more dragon boat accounts that will not only ‘re-fresh’ our Instagram feed; but will also make us smile, laugh or give our creativity the much needed boost.

1. UBC Thunder

2. Shell & Turcas Dragon Team

3. Chinese Youth League Dragon Boat

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Lego dragon boat paddle today! #cyldb

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4. Empire Dragon Boat Team

5. Dubai Diggers

6. PLK Paddlers

7. Paddlers Anonymous

8. Dragon Boat Steelcraft

9. Dragon Boat Banyoles

10. National University of Singapore (NUS) Dragon Boat Team

11. Western U Dragon Boat Club

12. Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

13. Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival

14. Lian Dragon Boat Club

15. Water Vipers

16. Dragon Hearts Thunderbreaker

17. Sky Dragon Team

18. Emerald City Dragon Boat Club

19. Persian Gulf Dragon Boat

20. Doha Dragons – Qatar Dragon Boat Team

21. Intertek Dragon Team

22. UCI Elements

23. North Eastern Dragon Boaters Association

24. Lorestan Dragonboat

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مربی ارزشمند لرستانی "مهدی فاضلی" در سال 84 با شروع فعالیت قایقرانی در استان فعالیت خود را در دراگون بت به عنوان ورزشکار شروع کرد و در هشت دوره مسابقات کشوری این رشته شرکت کرد." مهدی فاضلی"در کارنامه خود 5 دوره مربی تیم دراگون بت لرستان بوده که نتایج قابل دفاعی برای جامعه ورزشی لرستان کسب کرده.مقام چهارمی سومی و دومی کشور در رشته دراگون بت تنها بخشی از رزومه اوست که در این چند سال دو بار هم تیم لرستان به عنوان پدیده و شگفتی ساز مسابقات شناخته شد.فاضلی مدارج مربیگری درجه دو و سه و بین المللی را کسب کرده و همچنین تعداد زیادی از شاگردان وی در تیم ملی و مسابقات جهانی و آسیایی عضو ثابت تیم ملی بوده اند.مربی تیم لرستان سه بار به اردوی تیم ملی دعوت شده که یک بار آن به عنوان مربی اصلی تیم ملی اعزامی به مسابقات قهرمانی آسیا در چین نماینده ورزش لرستان بوده که در آن مسابقات تیم ایران مقام چهارم را بدست آورد. #iran#lorestan #khoramabad #khorramabad #goproapp #gopro_4life #goproir #goodfriends #goprophotography #goproiran #goproiranfanpage #goproeverything #gopro #goprophotography_ #nature #natgeo #everydayiran #خرم_آباد #لرستان #لرها #lorestan_e_kohan #lorestaniha #lorestaniam #lorestantravel#iranemoon #yaftenews#lorestan_e_kohan #everydayiran #akkaskhoone#دریاچه #کیو#بام

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25. University College Dragon Boat Club


*Different search engines, Iconosquare, and Instagram Web were used to help populate this list.

In the coming 2016, we shall feature a list of the Most Inspirational Paddlers on Instagram. Let us know if you want to anonymously nominate a friend, coach, team manager or a teammate. Share with us a brief intro or just simply send us a link of their account in our email: eugephemisms [at] gmail [dot] com

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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.

Toast Leonardo

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

Jane clapping

10. 10 Most Popular Dragon Boat Hashtags

Hashtag


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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.

Paddles & Microphones | Q&A: Mathilda D’silva Speaks to Eugephemisms

Mathilda D’silva is a former Singapore Idol finalist in the television franchise’s first season. She is known in the dragon boating/outrigger canoeing community, not just a paddler but as a songstress as well. Let’s get to know more about her paddling life, her story post Idol and what she thinks of the current state of the local music scene and the struggle of artists.

SINGapura

 Q: Where did you grow up? Was music a big role in your growing up years?

Mathilda: I’m actually a first generation Singaporean-born and bred here. Growing up was about listening to cassette tapes of the Carpenters (Karen Carpenter is the reason why I learnt to play the drums), Gladys Knight, ABBA… Apparently as a baby I would wake up and dance to the 70’s show Solid Gold…and loved commercials. Guess that’s why I worked in TV and Radio later on.

Q: What/Who influenced your musicality?

M: There an old cassette tape recorded by my father of me as a child being “interviewed” and singing my top hits like Twinkle Twinkle and the McDonald’s commercial. I was obsessed with the radio, tried taking it apart to hear the little people singing in it…Obsessed with music on TV. Michael Jackson was a huge influence, but I listened to such a range of music from R&B to pop to funk to soul to rock, even metal when I was a teenager. Everything old school makes me happy.

Q: Mathilda is such a beautiful name. Were you named after someone famous or an Aunt perhaps?

M: So here’s the story, my family wanted to call me Sarah. I was born in the year where the Commonwealth Games were held in Australia and the mascot was a giant boxing Kangaroo called Matilda. So…there was a bit of a tussle between Sarah and Matilda, the PR blitz won out and that’s where the name came. My mom’s boss was French, and his wife Mathilde was the one who suggested to put the “H” in Mathilda.

Q: We are happy to know that you have continued your passion in music up to this day. If we may borrow a line from James Ingram’s hit, “How do you keep the music playing?”

M: I’m so lucky to be surrounded by great musicians and event organisers such as Crazy Elephant, Highnotes Music, Jordan Wei, Esplanade and loads more who keep calling me for gigs. My rock band Dirty Dealers keeps the fun element of what I do while my R&B, jazz and funk outfits help me to articulate my feelings…and I got a lot of those!

Q: Do you have any regular gig at the moment? Where and which night can we catch you there?

M: I alternately do two Thursdays in a month with the Dirty Dealers at Crazy Elephant. So if you love blues rock and metal, that’s for you. I’ve got a massive event happening at the Esplanade on the 6th December. More details HERE.

Q: Which venue in Singapore is your most ‘favourite stage’ to perform? Why so?

M: There’s a line in “Song For You”– I’ve acted out my life in stages, with 10,000 people watching. I love singing that song because its really my life. I have a soft spot for the Mediacorp TV Theatre, we are shifting soon but that was where Singapore Idol was filmed and my career in the industry took off from there. Sometimes during lunch time I’d sit in the empty studio as the staging hands set up for other shows and I recall those moments on TV. This year I managed to reprise the stage again…with an audience full of British Dragons, German Dragons and American Dragons Outrigger folks cheering me on!

Q: On a scale of 1-10, can you rate the current struggle of local artists? (1 being the toughest) How difficult is it now to produce a ‘local’ album given the popularity of American pop music and K-Pop to Singaporeans?

M: I’d say, 5 over 10; but before Social Media, it was just 1. Nowadays, if artistes want to be popular, they have to put in the leg work. Even with all my connections on radio, TV and the recording industry, I can honestly say it’s tough. It’s tough everywhere for musicians to become a huge hit because the massive financial marketing machine of A&R (Artists and Repertoir Departments) doesn’t exist anymore. In fact, I gave my first album away because I wasn’t interested in getting into the CD sales game. I’ve always said, live performances is where it’s at. Music is about winning hearts, one person at a time, local or otherwise.

Mathilda D'silva

Q: Do you want to share your fearless personal view of what needs to be done?

M: I work to fund my musical ideas. A famous judge on Singapore Idol told me that my voice was common, Singapore wasn’t interested in another Indian woman singing R&B, it would be boring blah blah blah. One half of me is really sensitive about being shot down constantly- that’s what happens in reality TV land where your face is in the New Paper every week, fashion stylists who went on air to ridicule my clothes and hair…Thankfully the other half of me says “I don’t care what you think” but with a few more cuss words in there. I’ve sung for kings and for the strangers in the street. Whatever I wanted to do, I just go out and do it. Sitting and waiting for someone to deem me worthy for a chance isn’t my style.  That’s the dragon boater in me, focus up to the finish line and then Charge!

Paddling Life

Q: When did you start Dragon boating/Outrigger canoeing?

M: I started getting into dragon boat end of 2009, stepping into the Glory days of the German Dragons Singapore (GDS) and stayed for a few years with the team. I never had a coach in my life who cared so much about my improvement, or teammates who I love so intensely despite them having left Singapore. So many memories of races, people are who I miss most. I moved from a paddler into GDS Exco as Team Affairs, leading an amazing marketing team to create some of the best and most memorable GDS parties in the history of expat dragon boating. I miss that crazy crew.

Just started Outrigger Canoe (OC) last year with the American Dragons and taught by one of the great American Dragons Captains, Tharin Walker, who laughed at my swimming abilities (which are low to none). 6 years on and I’m still in love with paddling.

Q: What benefits do you get from each sport?

M: Dragon boating is painful and tough. It will make every joint ache and then some. But the teamwork that you get from that sport is just irreplaceable. OC is a thinking paddler’s sport…I guess that’s where the older dragon boaters go out to pasture. It’s amazing and crazy though, open ocean, long distances, 6 people battling against mother nature. I’m still in awe.

Q: We understand that you are quite committed in your full-time job as Producer/Social Media Manager at MediaCorp. Do you paddle for leisure or competitive? How often do you go for training nowadays?

M: Sometimes I’m so tired I can’t stand. Between my work in TV, social media, music, paddling and everything else I do…I can’t breathe. But it’s a great life I have with amazing friends in it. I do what I love, how many people can say that?

Q: How long have you been paddling? Being involved in the paddling community for a number of years now, in your opinion, how did it evolved since?

M: Dragon boat has become a fully organised machine where expat teams are so elevated sports-wise with National Coaches, endurance training on more days…It’s hard to have an edge and keep it. The sport has also been losing a lot of the old guard, my good friends from all the different teams…some who helped to set up the teams in the first place. There’s so much history between all the expat teams, I’d hate to see those epic moments disappearing. One thing I’m proud of…is the segment now within Dragon Divas Race called the Breast Cancer Awareness race that I proposed as part of Anne and Melanie’s long running successful Dragon Divas event. With Anne’s recovery from cancer and my mother’s 4 time cancer bout…I am so glad to see this tradition of paddling with survivors still continues today.

Every single person, even the weirdos or the social butterflies who paddle to get dates…everyone has a place in the team.

Q: In terms of participation, are both sports moving into progression or are we looking at the same things as what we have had, say, three years ago?

M: I know I’m going to get into trouble for saying this but let’s be completely honest about this OC-Dragon Boat poaching business. For many years because I was in EXCO I was against my team members doing OC for fear of losing them. Just as it works in a romantic relationship, people stay when they feel a need to stay. I don’t think banning dragon boaters will prevent them from doing OC. Expat team dragon boaters and like wild horses, they will gallop where they please. Which is why I am very supportive of teams such as AustCham and American Dragons having their own OC chapter. It’s hard to have OC and Dragon Boat offered in one team because of logistics; but it’s a good way to keep your  people.

Q: Tell us about your experience as a former EXCO of your team. What was your formula of keeping the fun and the team together?

M: As a former Team Affairs head of German Dragons Singapore who looks after everything from: Inter-team relations, Events, Marketing, Sponsorship, International Dragon Boat Community Representative, Boracay Race Representative, Newbies, Merchandise, Social Media and Website–this is a full time job and that’s not for someone who’s looking to be Mr/Miss Popular. This is a job for a leader who has no problem getting into the trenches and inspiring a management team to create a “feeling of belongingness” to everyone in a team. I’m so blessed that I had amazing teammates whom I’ve worked with in my tenure…from my BBQ Master to my Party B*tch, they got pushed harder (even harder than an A-boat in Singapore River Regatta) and delivered. Always get the right people for the right roles. Every single person, even the weirdos or the social butterflies who paddle to get dates…everyone has a place in the team. Give people a sense of belongingness and utilise all your soft skills to make them feel welcomed.


Enjoy a romantic musical afternoon with Mathilda D’silva, on 6th December, 3pm at the Esplanade. It’s a 1,000-seater venue, so no worries about the seating setup. Come one, come all. Admission is absolutely FREE!

Sing-along: Evergreen Favourites with Mathilda D’Silva
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Date: 6 December 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 3pm – 4.15pm (75 minutes)

More information about Esplanade’s Featured Musicians.
 
*This interview has been edited and condensed
Photo Credit: Mathilda D’silva’s Facebook Page

Dragon Battle is Back!

Orchid Country Club (OCC) invites the dragon boat community in Singapore to join them at the Dragon Battle @ OCC. This is in part of the Club MAD Day 2015 event which is set to feature Carnival Stores, Sports Interest Group Tryouts, and Christmas Light-Up.

Dragon Battle’s simplified format: No weight limit and simpler gender distribution in 1 category. This segment will open 12 slots only and from there, 3 winners will be picked.

DBI Singapore

Registered participants will get to enjoy the following:

  • Participate on “The MAD Hunt” and get a chance to win OCC’s Limited Edition SG50 Orchie Plushie!
  • Lucky Draws
  • Fun Games & Activities (Inflatable Wet and Dry floats, Dragon Battle, Scuba Tryouts etc.)
  • Performances and Martial Arts Demos
  • Christmas Light-Up

Register HERE before it ends on 9th November 2015.

 
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