British Dragons Blaze a Trail at The MR500 2011
The MR500 races, held for the first time in the shadow of the Singapore Flyer at Marina Reservoir on the 19th and 20th March 2011, proved to be an exciting and action-packed weekend for the British Dragons. Easily one of the largest expat dragonboat team in attendance, we competed in an amazing 18 races over the two day event.
Taking the lead, the Men’s ‘A’ boat battled through the
heats and semi’s to win a Silver in the Grand Final of the “MR500 Inter-Club Crew”, missing out on 1st place by a mere
four one hundredth’s of a second. The team also recorded one of their fastest times ever for 500m in the first heat – 2:03:68.
The Ladies team, however, were not intimidated by this impressive performance and decided to smash a few records of their own! Having won their heat and won their semi, the ladies 10 crew found themselves in the Grand Final of the “CHAMPION Premier Women” category against an all tertiary line up. Narrowly missing out on a medal by taking fourth place, they did however achieved their fastest time of 2:39:90 in the Final itself, shaving 2 seconds off their time in their initial heat, and around 10 seconds off their training times.
Incredible performances by all of the men’s, women’s and mixed boats had our fellow expat paddlers wondering what we’d been eating for breakfast!
An outstanding start to the 2011 race season which has given the British expat team the confidence and determination to take gold this year. The tough training continues under the watchful eye of our coach, Jason Chen, and the team is stronger and more focused than ever.
For full list of results, see: