The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation makes podium finish at
recently concluded Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races.
The two-day event saw a heart-throbbing line-up of competitions in 17 titles in Victoria Harbour at the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront.
Amidst the fierce competition, the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation bested the tides and clinched a silver medal at the Shangri-La Group International Mixed Grand Championship, followed by a bronze medal at the International Championship.
The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races jointly organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA) concluded in success last June 25.
The races saw over 160 teams of about 4,000 dragon boat athletes from all over the globe, with two teams present at the event to represent the Philippines.
Philippine Dragon Boat Federation president Jay Pee Villanueva expressed his gratitude for the unforgettable experience in Hong Kong.
“The Hong Kong Race would definitely be one for the books for the Philippines. Our paddlers were able to experience world-class dragon boat racing, in a world-class setting, officiated by international race officials. The organizers and staff were very accommodating and attentive to our needs. We dearly hope to race again in Hong Kong next year,” Villanueva shared.
The recent win marks the return of the Philippine Dragon Boat community to the international stage after the hiatus brought on by the pandemic and is a powerful reminder of the homegrown talents and skills Filipino athletes have to offer.
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