Philippines Hosts The 2016 Asian Dragonboat Championships


dragon-boat-palawan-posterI’m certain that many of you have heard, seen and read about dragonboat racing. If you happen to be in the vicinity of PICC or Manila Bay, you will see a lot of paddlers in training during weekends. Though it’s been existing for centuries, especially in China where it originated, dragonboat racing as a sport is yet to position itself as a major sports event. And in a country like ours where people are very much into sports, dragonboat is fast becoming as one of the sports that many athletes and sports enthusiasts are getting into, albeit that we even have our very dragonboat team competing in local and international races such as the SEA Games.

This year, the Philippine Canoe Kayak and Dragonboat Federation (PCKDF) is hosting the 2016 Asian Dragonboat Championship happening on November 11 – 12, 2016, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It is the first international branded dragonboat event being hosted by the Philippines with 16 competing teams registered to date. Our very own national team will show their paddling skills as they compete with other national dragonboat teams in Asia.

On November 12 -13, 2016, PCKDF will be the organising committee of the 2016 Puerto Princesa International Club Crew Championship, which caters to different local and international dragonboat club crews from around the world such as Germany, US,Japan and many more.

Spectators and dragonboat enthusiasts can expect a fun and festive two-day activity as club crews and paddlers from across Asia and around the world paddle their way for the most-coveted championship titles in the most friendly and healthy competition.

The two-day event aims to foster camaraderie among the participating club crews and paddlers, to “raise awareness about dragonboat racing in the country,” shared Coach Duchess Francine Go, PCKDF coach. And to further boost the sports tourism in the country.

In Photo (seated left to right): PCKDF Coach Duchess Francine Go, Sheila Leyva, Ms. Carmel Carpio of Guam Visitors Bureau and Terence Baglic of Guam ACES, together with Grace Bondad-Nicolas of TAG Media & PR and selected sports bloggers at the media launch of 2016 Asian Dragonboat Championships and Guam Thanksgiving Dragonboat Festival held at Dad's Glorietta 3.

In Photo (seated left to right): PCKDF Coach Duchess Francine Go, Mindset Event’s Sheila Leyva, Ms. Carmel Carpio of Guam Visitors Bureau and Terence Baglic of Guam ACES, together with Grace Bondad-Nicolas of TAG Media & PR and selected sports bloggers at the media launch of 2016 Asian Dragonboat Championships and Guam Thanksgiving Dragonboat Festival held at Dad’s Glorietta 3. Photo credit: Rikki Suarez

It is remarkable to know that some members of PCKDF competing in the events started to train with the team when they were as young as 9 years old. PCKDF also works on taking dragonboat to the grassroots level as the sport is growing not only in the country but in the international scene as well.

Registration for the club crew championship category will run until October 28, 2016. For more details, please visit PCKDF’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/philippinecanoekayakfederation/

These events are made possible through Mindset Events and & Production, Philippine Canoe, Kayak and Dragonboat Federation, City of Puerto Princesa, Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee.

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