NCCU’s IMBA Competes in the 2013 Dragon Boat Race
On June 8th, 2013 NCCU’s IMBA dragon boat race team got up bright and early to participate in the dragon boat race hosted at Bitan, Xindian. After a month of training the team had finally built up the physical and mental confidence they needed to succeed in the race. However, all of them believed that it was not about how they did in the race but the journey they went through together. Not only has the training for the dragon boat race given them a good workout they have also bonded and become a closer community.
Before the race, team member Jems Pompee from Haiti expressed how excited he was for the race. Although some of the training sessions were cancelled due to heavy rain, every time they were able to train it was a success. Team leader Grant Leach also shared this sentiment and commended all the team members on coming out even when their schedules were very packed. The coach also told Grant that he believed they had a good chance of getting second place or even winning, adding to everyone’s excitement on the day of the race.
As they got ready to enter into the boat they were all very optimistic about the success of the race. When the horn rang at 8:15am they set off on their very first race and though they were a little shaky at first, they soon found the rhythm they needed to speed through the race. They came in third with a time of 3:05:26. After the race Abel Canchari from Peru believed that their hard work and dedication had paid off and that it turned out better than expected. Yolanda Chan from Hong Kong emphasized the importance of sportsmanship and how much fun it was being a part of this team.
Before their second race, the team gathered together so they could discuss ways to improve upon different aspects of their rowing, especially their rhythm. They lined up in the tent and completed a simulation exercise that helped them become more in sync with the rhythm of the drummer, Theresa Lee. Their practice paid off as they were in near perfect unison during the second race and wound up coming in second with a time of 3:15:41. Although it was a slower time, almost of all the teams were getting slower numbers in that heat because the winds that had picked up caused a current that worked against them.
Many family members and IMBA classmates also came out to support the team, cheering them on as they raced toward the finish line. Everyone enjoyed the experience of participating in such a special event and cannot wait for the years to come. By immersing themselves in the festivities of the Dragon Boat Festival they were able to become closer with the Taiwanese culture and also one another. The many new experiences and memories they made during this period of time will definitely bring smiles to their faces in the near and far future.