The Philippines, this time represented by the De La Salle University Dragon Boat Team, bagged one silver and one bronze in the 2014 Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race held in Kuching, Malaysia.
The La Salle paddlers secured the silver medal in the 500-meter international mixed 12-seater small boat event behind Australia’s Dragonhunter Newcastle Dragon Boat Team. Canada’s Canadian Dragons settled for third while Indonesia’s Podsi Dragon Boat Squad ended up fourth in the tournament participated by more than 20 teams from Singapore, Macau, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam and Taiwan, among others.
“We have showed them the true definition of the puso [heart]mentality as shown by our men’s national basketball team,” said La Salle paddler Aric Valenzuela.
La Salle also earned a bronze medal in the 500m international men’s open 12-seater small boat category topped by Singapore Polytechnic University.
“Months of grueling training finally paid off. This is what we have been waiting for us to be known in the international stage by representing our beloved country,” stressed Miguel Reyes, the secretary general of the team.
“What we went through training was hell, but after the competition it was like a taste of heaven,” added Riggs Justin Dizon, also a La Salle paddler.
Besides Valenzuela, Reyes and Dizon, the other members of the team were Raciel Catacutan (signal), Paul Mascariñas (steersman), and Buck De Leon, Meniah Galanza, Micah De Guzman, Illurosa Lim, Rona Jade Santos, John Racpan, Miguelito Navarrete, Erico De Leon, Steffi Caunga, Miguel Martinez, Vince Areño, Cyrus Umali, Michael Gacad, Pancratius Dela Rosa, Buck De Leon, Marvin Salcedo, Gabby Nisay and Luigi Lago (paddlers).
Recently, the Philippine Army won two golds in the 2014 World Club Crew Championship held in Italy.
The Philippine Canoe-Kayak Federation also took the spotlight in the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Dragon Boat World Championships in Poland, winning five golds, three silvers and three bronzes.
The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation, on the other hand, bagged two golds, one silver and one bronze in the 1st International Dragon Boat Federation World Cup in China.