• PDBF paddlers plunge into World Cup action today

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    The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) will be gunning for medals in the prestigious 1st IDBF (International Dragon Boat Federation) World Cup beginning today in Fuzhou, China.

    The IDBF designed a special format for the three-day competition. There are five distances—100-meter, 200m, 400m, 500m and 1,000m–for standard and small boat categories.

    In the premier mixed teams, the tournament uses standard boat (18-20 paddlers) while a small boat (8-10 paddlers) will be utilized in the men and women’s divisions.

    The top team with the highest overall points gets $12,000.

    “Prize money will be given to all the World Cup Teams ranging from approximately $12,000 for the winning team, down to $2,000 for the fifteenth placed nation,” according to the tournament rule book.

    The Philippines will be up against Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ghana, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Macau, Puerto Rico, Russia and US.

    The PDBF recently won gold and two silvers in the Asian Championships held in Macau, China, and one gold and one silver in the 2014 Marina Regatta international dragon boat championship in Singapore.

    “We’re ready and excited to paddle against some of the world’s best teams. It’s a once in a lifetime experience; it’s a world-class competition. We are not the same team but we have to carry on. This is for our country,” said PDBF Board Member and team drummer Judith Hakim.

    Besides Hakim, the other members of the team are Bert Tocao Hugo, Edcer Toto Penetrante, Louie Orias, Nelson de la Noche, Joseph Magno, Suhod Saraman Hakim, Fredie Naigan, Melvin Lumiguid, Rowel Dela Cerna, Manuel Maya, Edward Balbuena, Roneil Bueno Rafael, Leonita Banlat, Marilou Adalid, Monette Deriada, Julie Ann Biadnes and Aileen Padrones.

    The PDBF rose to prominence when it won six golds and two silvers in the World Championships in 2011 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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