Look at that R-E-A-C-H…. Gung Haggis stays ahead of boat 1 in the Rec D Championship Finals – photo Deb Martin.
Congratulations to Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team paddlers!
They conveyed a sense of teamship, caring for each other, and for community.
They paddled their best, adapted to changing situations, changing rosters, and changing race conditions.
Our paddlers improved with every race, both individually and together.
Very little separates you from the teams that we know who finished in
Rec C (O2P, Hmmm Sea Monster), Rec B (Pirates, CBC, Strokin' It Hard,
Flight Centre, CC Riders) or Rec A (Metro Vancouver, Banana Fusion,
Shaggin' Dragons) – except maybe a little bit of testosterone, a little
bit of cardio and muscle work, a little more attention to detail such
as rotation, reach, entry, paddle angle, etc.
faster and we could have medaled in Rec C Final.
10 seconds faster and we could have medaled in Rec B Final.
Sean John high-fives Karen and other paddlers as they come up the ramp from the boat docks, after our Sunday morning race. We came 3rd, so we moved into the Rec D Final for the afternoon – photo D.Martin
While medals are fun, I think it is more important to be part of a great group of people,
that had fun, did their best, and can be friends together, and share
meals together. I am personally very proud of everybody on the team,
and I know that everybody each has something special that adds to this
It was great to have Manfred in the boat with us this weekend.
He has been a coaching friend and rival competitor and occasional
teammate for many years. He says this is a good team. He likes your
attitude, your paddling ability, your friendliness… and sense of
fun. Manfred will not take off his pants for “just any team” you
Special thanks to Commodore Stephen Mirowski, team
manager Tzhe Lam for helping to organize the team, roster and leadership.
Thanks to Keng and Gerard Graal to step in to drum and be land manager, after spending the past 3 weeks in Holland.
Gung Haggis team was filmed for the upcoming documentary “Chinatown Canada” produced by Image Pacific, to be seen on Omni Television in the fall. I was also interviewed talking about Vancouver Chinatown, Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner, and the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team – photo D.Martin
It was a busy weekend for me as I was also busy with:
- my coaching Killarney Cougar Dragons Junior Team
- our being filmed for the “Chinatown Canada” tv documentary series
- my being interviewed for the “Chinatown Canada” tv documentary series
- my steering for out of town teams (I used to be on the Race Committee, so they know I am a good qualifited steers)
social involvement and networking with ex-paddlers, friends on other
teams, race organizers, Festival past-presidents, friends on out of
town teams, friends who cheered us on,
These are also qualities that makes Gung Haggis
Fat Choy dragon boat team and myself, amongst the first choice to be
involved in film documentaries and books on dragon boating!
As lang's me arm…
Todd Wong stands with dragon boat community friends Enzo Guierro (RTA DBF Race Committee) and Milton Wong (founding chair of the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society), Todd served on the DBF race committee from 2001 to 2003. photo Steven Wong.