Mardi Gras Challenge, training and other updates

On February 18, 2011 by admin

Hello Paddlers

Four important updates for you in this bulletin:

MARDI GRAS EVENT | WEEKEND TRAINING | TEAM FITNESS | GRAHAM HILLS FAREWELL BBQ & BEERS

1) MARDI GRAS EVENT (Saturday 19th February)

Thanks to Ian Jones (our International Rep.) for the following information:

This Saturday we celebrate Mardi Gras dragon boat style courtesy of the American Dragon Boat team (it’s actually the Thanksgiving paddle repackaged because the Thanksgiving paddle wasn’t done last year).

Thanks to all those who have registered; we will be entering 25 people into the competition. For those who don’t know (and didn’t realise) the competition is not on a per club basis. Boats will contain a mixture of all teams which gives an excellent opportunity to meet others and show the fantastic camaraderie between fellow dragons.

Race details:

  • Mixed team boats (most likely 8 boats in total)
  • The course is 7km long (remember to take some water!)
  • Involves numerous events/challenges en route
  • Event will run no matter the weather – please turn up!
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded to top three boats

Registered Participants:

Eelin, Ian Jones, Philip Morgan, Dan Rye, Amelia Austin, Chetan, Chris Kerr, Gary Lewis, Gemma Edwards, Gillian Saxon, Jun-E, Nicky Marsh, Pam Ooms, Philip Hayward, Robert Cooke, Stephanie Kerr, Zheren, Daniel Koh, Chung Jia Kiat, Earnest Wong, Ellie Klidzia, Jo Leydon, Jo Wallace, Kate Biggs, Chung Jia.

Note: as you registered you’re liable for the $25 even if you don’t turn up. Don’t make us send the boys round 😉

All the participants need to:

  • Pay $25 on the day which covers entrance fee/food/beer/drinks/medals at after party
  • Meet at 2:30pm at the cage to warm up and get the boat out
  • Wear British Dragons kit
  • Bring own water in the boat (it’s 7 km remember!)

With 25 people entering and only 8 boats it’s almost certain that British Dragons will win medals at the event.

Paul and Andy are not going to be around this weekend so please give your full cooperation.

Good luck to everyone and let’s bring home some medals! (Especially my boat…)

2) TRAINING (Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February)

We’ll have the usual training session on Saturday at 3.30pm at Kallang for those not participating in the Mardi Gras event. Also the regular Sunday morning training at 8.45am. Jason will be coaching both sessions.

3) TEAM FITNESS

It’s not so much a case of “Chin-Up!” but “Pull-Up!” as Coach Jason addresses the weighty issue of improving our team fitness at the pull-up bar. He’s written the attached handy print-out-and-keep guide for the team about how to practice these repetitions and pull yourself up in the world of kit-ripping muscularity. This is a must-read folks!

4) GRAHAM HILLS FAREWELL BBQ AND BEERS (Saturday 5th March)

As some of you may already know, we are sad to report that Graham will shortly be leaving Singapore to relocate to Jakarta. Before he goes he’s agreed to cook one final Aussie-style farewell ‘Barbie’ (I hope I’ve got that right – anyway

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So save the date. We’ll have the BBQ and Beers on the beach at Kallang right after training on Saturday 5th March.

Well that’s it for my first bulletin as Team Secretary. Looking forward to seeing you at the weekend!

Best wishes,

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary

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