Gung Haggis dragon boat team wins Team Spirit award at Lotus Sports Club dragon boat regatta

It's officially recognized.  Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dragon Boat team has plenty of team spirit. 

2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team: Lotus Sports Bill Alley Dragon Boat Regatta edition:
back row: Gerard, Martin, Alissa, Steve, Jim, Stephen, Steven, Devon, Raphael, Dan, Todd, Gerry and Jonas.
front row: Joe, Paulette, Tzhe, Leanne, Joannae, Cindy, Marion, Debbie, Dave, Keng, Colleen, Wendy and Tony.

Excellent races today…. lots of fun…. Glad that Gung Haggis dragon boat team could be a part of it.  Heck – somebody had to come 8th in Mixed Adult B final.  Last year we won the B Final.  This year's team had 14 returning members, but is blending in 6 experienced paddlers + 5 rookies.

Everybody enjoyed the races… rookies, returning paddlers, and experienced paddlers.  It's a beautiful site, a lovely congenial atmosphere.  And great to see other dragon boat friends from other teams.

This year, the Gung Haggis team bought a new twist to the new tradition to the regatta by providing Lion and Dragon Dances.  We invited other teams to make monetary donations as special offers to the Dragon gods, for good races.  We brought the parade dragon that takes 5 people to carry it on poles.  Steven Wong was wore the big Lion Mask, while I was the back of the lion.  We went around through the crowd “dancing” for people and their offerings, “eating the money.”  Two paddlers wore the smaller Lion head masks and were the “Lion cubs.”  Over $100 was raised for the Bill Alley memorial scholarship fund.  This was a nice way to support the Lotus Sports Club, as Bill Alley was one of the club founders.  Usually Lotus always does a raffle draw with lots of prizes, but they didn't do it this year – so our Lion and Dragon dances were a welcome surprise addition.


Gung Haggis lion cubs…

Marion and Debbie put on the baby lion head masks…

photo Dave Samis

With every race, our Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team improved.  Our first race was very mushy, and paddlers who weren't used to sitting near each other, sometimes clashed paddles. 

After the warm-up for our second race, we did a one finger lift for team bonding.  It was fun.  First we lifted team captain Stephen Mirowski.  Then we tried a much heavier Jim.  But we did not get him above our knees.  So I told the team, we are going to do the same thing we did on the dragon boat, move some paddlers around, give a stronger focus and…. up… went… Jim!


A Gung Haggis dragon boat team
tradition… the one-finger
Jim Blatherwick is lifted
on his

For the second race, we moved paddlers around and improved our start.  Our timing was good, but the rate was a bit slow.   Our third race was near perfect.  Good start, solid power, and good rate, a little more aggressive and assertive and it worked.

We were now in the Adult Mixed B Final.  Our start was our best of the day, the boats were neck and neck. Then the boat on our right started creeping away, then the boat on our left inched away from us.  We did everything well, but our rate was a bit fast.  We continued to give good power series, keeping in time.  We finished fourth, but were happy with our race.

During the medal ceremonies, we were named for the special TEAM SPIRIT award.  It was a complete surprise to us, as we were not even aware there was a prize.   It is very heartening to know that our contributions and attitude are recognized and acknowledged.  We LOVE to spread good will.

was very special to see that Tony from Lotus Juniors really wanted to
create a Lion dance.  I taught them some moves, and they practiced
them.  Following the award presentations, he did a dance with Sophia
Kim.  They took pictures as a Lion with both Ft. Langley Fusion Team
and the Eric Hamber Eternal Dragons…. very special moments for

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Gung Haggis dragon boat team 2008

Gung Haggis dragon boat team 2008

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