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 2015!
Unlike the rest of the outgoing personas listed here, I am born and bred in Singapore! What other ways for a coach to do, bring the expatriate paddlers out for local delicacies and educate them on the nuances and idiosyncratic ways of the Little Red Dot.
I have this little peeve with contact sports. That said, I still enjoy a good competitive team spirit and bonding. So in 2004 when choosing a sport curricular, Dragonboat became the glaring choice. That first trial with the school team proved my decision right.
Even then, I could never have imagined Dragonboat to propel me so far forward, more than a paddler. I am a confident steersperson, earning myself an accolade with the Team as one of the best. I am also a Technical Coach, with the British Dragonboat team and other similarly illustrious teams. And I am an International Race Official with the International Dragonboat Federation (IDBF), going around the world running world-championships with the IDBF Family. I help run Dragonboat Events for corporate team buildings both locally and overseas. Wheww.. What a list!?
The amount of friends and fellow sportsmen I met through Dragonboating is endless! I tried to count them for this write up but I gave up at 1,022 or thereabout. The sheer amount of new friends and connection through this enduring sport is truly amazing!
If you have yet to pop by Kallang for a session with the British Dragons, what are you waiting for?!
I won’t go easy on you just because you’re new, but I definitely will be keen to bring you round the island with fellow local paddlers, to the chomps and chows, afterall, an athlete needs his carbo-loading.
Off the boat, I am dressed up in my shirt and pants at work with a local financial firm. Or out with my trusty bike for a spin around East Coast Park. And oh yeah, eating, cannot miss that. It is Singaporeans favourite pastime afterall…. True story..
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 support of my Assistant Treasurer).
In between dragon boating I manage to fit in a love of red wine, cooking & travel. My more serious role (well the one that pays the bills anyway) is as a Finance Manager for an international environmental solutions company Suez Environnement.
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 are 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 (Team 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.
I had seen photos of a friend doing dragon boating and thought it looked like a very cool sport, so when I was relocated to Singapore in 2011 with my job and needed to find some friends, I found the British dragon boat team! I have enjoyed every minute of paddling with the team whether it is our weekly Saturday paddle with beers on the beach catching up with everyone afterwards, or going to Korea or some other equally as exotic place to win medals.
I feel honoured to be the social secretary, as it is a truly excellent role – we get to nominate people for ‘down-downs’, organize bbqs and games and of course the highlight of the year – the Christmas paddle in Santa hats around the Kallang. Sophie and I are always discussing our plans for bigger and better social fun, so there is so much more to come!
Hi there, how are you? You’re looking good, did you get a new haircut? It suits you!
Anyway, my story. In 2014 I moved to Singapore and I was determined to not have the same
sobering experience I had on my first and previous overseas posting, where finding like-minded
humans to share experiences with – aka friends – was a tough one to crack when I first arrived.
The fact I was in winter-time Kazakhstan probably made that task harder. Nevertheless, my new
Asia adventure wouldn’t know the same struggles. After checking out a local rowing club and
discovering it wasn’t as social as I wanted, my mind was turned to the idea of Dragon Boating
and I found the British Dragons online. I figured coming from a rowing background, how hard
could it be? Answer: very. Side note: but unfathomably rewarding. Within a few weeks I felt like I
was already part of the team, I was getting fitter and I was pushing myself to improve, trips
around Asia were being planned for competitions and I was forming a wonderful new set of
friends I loved spending time with. Job done.
Fast forward (for those who remember the pre-DVD age) to today and I’m now part of the
committee and looking after Sponsorship. So if you are interested in supporting the team give
me a shout! Also please check out our current sponsors at the bottom of this page, they’re a
pretty amazing bunch.
I moved to Singapore in 2014 and joined the team my first weekend here as I’m usually game for anything involving water. Although the first practice was a little overwhelming and ridiculously hot having just arrived from North American winter, everyone was so welcoming and there was such a strong sense of belonging that I knew I’d be back the following weekend. Cut to the present and I can’t seem to go a weekend without feeling the need to have a paddle in my hands and be in the boat with my teammates.
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 our coaches likes to call a ‘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. Three years later 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 Marketing Ninja. Wanna be a really awesome paddler? Head on over to https://www.facebook.com/
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.