• PCKF to host 2 dragonboat meets

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    Filipino dragonboat rowers display their prowess during a race. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Filipino dragonboat rowers display their prowess during a race. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Philippine Canoe-Kayak Federation (PCKF) will be hosting the 2016 Asian Dragonboat Championship and the 2016 Puerto Princesa International Club Crew Championship in November in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

    The Asian meet will be held on November 11 to 12 while the club crew event is scheduled on November 12 to 13.

    “If there is one place in the world that is best to paddle and race, whether for fun, recreation or competition, it is the Philippines. It is all-natural here. Our natural waters are at the backdrop of mountains and forest with tropical breeze,” said PCKF President Jonne Go.

    “Our warmth and smiley people will make our foreign paddlers naturally feel at home as we want them to experience the Filipino hospitality, which has become a trademark in the world,” she added.

    Led by national team head coach Len Escollante, the Filipino paddlers bagged two gold medals in the 2015 edition of the Asian Championship held in Palembang, Indonesia.

    They topped the Small Boat Open 500-meter event, beating strong rivals from the region including reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Thailand, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Iran and Hong Kong.

    The Philippines grabbed the second gold in the Small Boat Open 200-meter category, edging Japan, Indonesia, India and Thailand in the final round.

    Right now, the PCKF has already started its training in an effort to build a strong team which will vie for honors and pride in the three-day meet.

    “A lot of strong teams are expected to arrive kaya ngayon pa lang naghahanda na kami para pagdating ng competition, nasa peak na ang mga atleta natin,” Escollante said.

    In 2014, the PCKF also won five golds, three silvers and bronzes in the prestigious International Canoe Federation (ICF) Dragon Boat World Championships held in Poznan, Poland.“We are promoting paddling in the Philippines as we want reach out to a lot of young people in our coastal communities to get into paddling as a means to improve life,” stressed Go.

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