Like the British Dragons, time flies, and it’s been over 8 years since I joined the team and started dragon boating. With every passing year, I enjoy being part of the team and taking part in this sport more and more. This is due in no small part to the fact that the British team has such great people and that our paddling skills and technique are constantly improving. I’m proud and honoured to lead both the committee and the team, it’s a tough role with tough decisions to be made, however always with the interests of the team at heart. The British Dragons is one of the most culturally diverse teams on the water, with some 16 nationalities currently paddling with us. We have won many medals in Singapore and overseas, and have gained the respect of other teams both for our paddling prowess and team values. We live up to our motto Party Hard, Paddle Harder! which we followed through our 10th anniversary year and will continue beyond…
If I’m not dragon boating then I’m usually travelling & working for www.privatehomesandvillas.com which allows me to visit fantastic holiday rental homes across Asia. I also like a party and can often be found mixing my drinks (why-o-why?) and misbehaving with friends around town!
New to Singapore in 2012 and with “new” being the done thing at the time, why not try dragon boating. Having previously been more of a solo-practitioner when it comes to sport, the team environment was something of a change.
I joined the team at the beginning of 2010 and one of my biggest regrets is not joining the team sooner. Since joining I’ve had a great time, meeting new friends and racing in many races (and won medals) in both Singapore as well as abroad!
The team is very welcoming and I can recommend to everyone to just come down on a Saturday and give it a go! We always welcome new people from the most experienced paddler to the newbies with no clue how to a paddle (Like me 3 years ago!)
After 3 years of paddling I still absolutely love being part of the British Dragons – Singapore and I’m proud to say I‘m the Ladies Captain of a great and diverse group of people that likes to have fun but at the same time is also very competitive when it comes to racing. And we have quite some medals to show for it!
I’m looking forward to another great year living up to our motto: Party Hard, Paddle Harder!
Bring on 2013!
If you know the number of years in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, then that is the number of birthdays I have spent in the wonderful sport of Dragon Boat racing. The moment I was exposed to the sport, I started racing competitively and was forever imprinted with the dragon boat tagline “eat, sleep, breathe, dream, S%$#”. I started in a polytechnic with a strong racing background, after which I was invited to paddle in an elite veteran’s club, before finally representing the Singapore Armed Forces (SAFSA) and wearing the national colours. Once I had achieved all I felt I could from paddling, I branched out into coaching. At the same time I assisted in setting up a Dragon Boat company. At that moment my life took a turning point giving me the opportunity to see Dragon Boat in a totally different light. Through this phase, I was exposed to organising international dragon boat races, managing dragon boat products from all over the world, conducting coaching seminars and corporate team building events. This interesting path made me understand a lot more about the sport than anyone could ever have taught me. I have learnt that our wonderful sport of dragon boat racing not only brings people together, but it changes their lives as well.
My inspiration comes from; the teams I coach, people like you reading this, people who never thought they would want to get down, dirty & wet at the Kallang River (instead of staying home and watching TV). It’s only when you decide to be there in the boat that you will realise how much you have achieved in just one training session. You train, you race and you fight hard with the team behind you.
Out of it all I can assure you one thing – training is not easy, but when I hand you your first medal you know you have made the right choice!
I’ve lived in Asia for over fifteen years working in Broadcasting and Digital Media. I joined the British Dragons in 2009 and despite the fact that it was my very first experience of team sports I soon grew to love paddling with the team. Since then I’ve participated in many races in Singapore and even ventured to overseas events in Boracay, Okinawa and Putrajaya. It’s certainly exhilarating to be part of a crew on race days and great when your efforts are rewarded with a medal too! The British team is very welcoming to all newcomers (of any nationality, shape or size!) and it’s a great way to get fit, push your limits a little and make many new friends.
When I’m not Dragon Boating I enjoy volunteering, cooking, cycling, collecting books and travel.
Following my arrival in Singapore in July 2000 my only regret is not having found the team sooner. I did not try dragon boating until 2004 and it changed my life! It is a fabulous way to keep fit and at the same time meet great people. There is no other feeling like the start & finish of racing. It has also given me the confidence to organise a popular race event Dragon Divas
I am really passionate about the team and it’s members. I am proud to be on a great Committee in the role of Treasurer managing the team finances (with the great suppport of my Assistant Treasurer Fabien).
In between dragon boating I manage to fit in a love of red wine & cooking. My more serious role (well the one that pays the bills anyway) is as a Financial Controller for an advertising agency The Gate Worldwide
It was a Saturday afternoon in May 2011 as I was comfortably seated on my balcony (doing my best to cope with the Singapore heat!) that I noticed an embarkation resembling a modern version of a Roman galley on the Kallang River. After some investigation, I discovered that it was in fact a sport: DRAGONBOAT. The next week, with all my free will, I decided to give it a try. I certainly was not going to get an opportunity to experience this in Europe any time soon. After spending the last 3 years in UK, I decided to check out the British Dragons – they have great colours on their flag: Blue, White, Red and so being French I thought I could live with that. My thoughts on dragonboating today. A boat is more than the sum of the individuals. Trust me, you will go beyond your limit (not to prove anything to yourself) but for the person next to you, the one in front of you ,the one behind you and the one behind him, and behind him….
I hope you too will give yourself the chance to experience this feeling. But before you do that you will owe me S$10 yes,I ‘m the Assistant Treasurer which means when I’m not carrying out biological experminets on my work bench I am collecting money for the training session and recording who is in the boat.
I look forward to adding your name to my list soon.
I have made great new friends since joining the team and can often be found in deep discussions & tasting sessions with my British mates disputing which country makes the best cheese!
Actually, I came to the Kallang to take pictures of dragonboaters for
my article. Despite my sheepish protests I was immediately hauled into
the boat by Andy and Paul. So, here I am two years later, still paying
out for being the only person who enjoyed a free ride with British
Dragons:) In return for ungodly (for me) early Sunday mornings, way
too familiar taste of the Kallang crystal waters and all usual aches
and pains of trainings, I gained great friends, amazing trips with the
team, excitement of the races and something I will never forget: this
feeling when you in the boat of the Champions!
Moving to Singapore in 2012 was a huge deal for me. Being somewhat of a home bird, I was petrified about moving to the other side of the world, away from my friends and family in the UK. I thought I’d spend a solitary year working hard (day job: Podiatrist), swimming every day, reading… It hasn’t quite worked out that way!
Dan (Men’s Captain) convinced me to try paddling after we met at one of those social meet up events. I was really nervous turning up to training on that first Saturday afternoon, but the nerves didn’t last long. Everyone was SO friendly and welcoming, it was hard not to like! There’s a great mix of people on the team of all ages and backgrounds. We even have some Aussie’s – it’s not ideal but they’re good paddlers so I don’t complain too much
Many, many training sessions and some incredible race weekends later; I am the proud owner of a collection of medals. And I’ve made some really great, life-long friends on the team. One of which is my fellow Social Secretary, Queen-of-Organised-Fun, Laura.
July 2012. A momentous month. It marked the beginning on a long and tumultuous journey that has landed my face on this webpage. It was about 8 months after my arrival into Singapore when I decided to take my Saturday afternoons a little bit further afield than Boomerang at Robertson Quay. Enter: The British Dragons. It was time to swap pints for paddles and get in a boat! I’m glad that I did decide to come back to Kallang after that first Saturday afternoon shock to the system that Paul likes to call ‘10 minute warm up to the Bridge’. Man was I sore the next day! But I was hooked. Throw in some fantastic races in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia, as well as a great social fabric and a team of dedicated, enthused and truly awesome people, I’m still here. Almost two years I admit that the ‘pints for paddles’ swap didn’t go as planned, but I’m really stoked to be part of the British Dragons. (even though I cop it big time for being an Aussie. Seriously. I do have feelings.) Hi. I’m Jess and the British Dragons Sponsorship Ninja. Got some $$$ to spare? Come and see me and sponsor the team!
It was the beginning of May 2008 that I saw someone wearing the British Dragon’s drinking shirt in a bar. I said to the man wearing it “I’ve always fancied giving dragon boating a go”. He invited me down to saturday training. Although it was tough at first, I loved it! A perfect balance of fitness and social (never being a huge fan of running or the gym). It was just what the doctor ordered.
Since then I have been on many trips overseas with the team and have won a lot of medals.
Four years later, I am now the kit manager. If you see me out wearing the shirt, I will most probably try to sell you one
Growing up in a small town in New Zealand, the extent of my exposure to Great Britain has been English breakfast tea and Coronation Street reruns. But that all changed when I joined the British Dragons!
I came to the team in July 2012 in search of new friends and working off all that delicious hawker food. I fell in love with the adrenalin of race sets and camaraderie of the team.
My attempts at sports have usually been with more enthusiasm than skill, but quickly I was in a raceboat and have now raced in sprints, 500m and internationally. If you are looking for a sport that gets you fit – fast – and with a team spirit like nothing else, then dragonboating is for you. Nothing is better than training hard together, then crushing it in a race with your best mates.
When I’m not paddling, I am usually found at work in trade marketing, being mistaken for an Australian,or partying with all my great friends in the British Dragons… it is part of our motto after all.
Come on down and join us! (If I can do it, so can you!)
In early 2009 I was looking for something social and sporty (in that order) to do on a weekend and was fortunate enough to stumble upon dragon boating. Since then I have made many friends, competed in races around Asia and surprised myself with new found fitness.
Away from dragon boating and its website you may find me working on the internet or attempting photography.