After its impressive campaign in the World Cup, the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) wants to extend its dominance in the equally prestigious 2014 International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Club Crew Championships scheduled in September.
The PDBF wound up second overall in the 1st IDBF World Cup held in Fuzhou, China with two golds, one silver and one-bronze. They ruled the 100-meter premier mixed standard boat (23.445) and 500m premier mixed standard boat (2:03.693) then placed second in the 200m mixed standard boat (49.565) and had a bronze finish in the 400m premier mixed small boat (1:48.749).
“We fought a good fight. We never gave up. [We are the] second best team overall, next to China. To race against USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic and we got two golds? What a World Cup. I am proud to be a dragonboater, to be a Filipino,” said team drummer Judith Hakim.
Host China bagged the overall title with three golds, one silver and one bronze while Canada ended up third with two silvers and three bronzes.
Besides Hakim, the other members of the team were 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.
Recently, the PDBF also won one gold and two silvers in the Asian Championships in Macau, China, and one gold and one silver in the 2014 Marina Regatta international dragon boat championship in Singapore.
The PDBF is hoping to bring its momentum in the World Club Crew Championships on September 3 to 7 in Ravena, Italy.