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British Dragon Boat Team
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The Team

There are around 70 people who call themselves "Brits" and regularly train with us.

However most of them aren't "British" - we're a truly global team and team members from more than 15 different countries

We're one big family and regularly hang out together outside training and do a variety of non-dragonboat activities!

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Our Committee

These are the people that keep the show running

Click on their picture to get to know them a bit better

They dedicate their time and energy to make sure training and races run smoothly, that we win as many medals as we can and that all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes stays behind the scenes

Speak to one of these people if you're new and want to find out more about joining, or not new and have a question about anything

Team Captain

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I had seen photos and videos of dragon boating when I was in the UK, so when I was relocated to Singapore in 2011 with my job and needed to find some friends, I found the British dragon boat team!

Since that first time paddling, I have enjoyed every minute with the team, whether it’s our weekend paddling sessions with beers on the beach, or going to international races with the team.

I feel very honoured to be the Captain of a great and diverse group of people that train hard, but know how to have fun together too.

We are a team that live up to our motto: Party Hard, Paddle Harder!

Men's Captain

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I joined the team at the beginning of 2014. Mainly because, having a rowing background, I wanted to get into a water sport again. I knew from before joining that I would be a regular paddler as long as the slightly aging body held up to the stresses and strains of training.

I was ‘persuaded’ whilst slightly the worse for booze at our Christmas party to put myself forward as men’s captain in early 2018.

I was a little apprehensive as I’m not good at organising and have little attention to detail but I’ve enjoyed it hugely thanks to those around me.

You cannot go wrong in joining the Brits as you won’t find a more friendly, loyal club in Singapore.

Ladies Captain

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Having never really heard of dragon boating when I turned up to training in October 2012, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly didn’t imagine I would still be on the team, so many amazing experiences, medals and great friendships made, 8 years later!

I love the social aspect as well as the keeping fit side of dragonboating. Wanting to be a better and fitter paddler has inspired me to train hard both inside and outside of the boat. I don’t think I would have attempted many of the fitness challenges I have done without dragonboating and the team as a motivator.

I’ve been ladies captain for 2 years and on the committee for 5. Hope to see you in the boat soon!

Secretary

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I joined the team in May 2016, having been in Singapore for less than a week.

Jumped into the back of a boat during 10k training; my poor, unsuspecting arms. Coming back was the best thing I’ve done.

I couldn’t have asked to have met a better group of people.

I’ve now been on the committee for 3 years in a myriad of positions and it’s wonderful to be able to give back to the team that has given me so much.

Coach

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I have been with the team since 2017. My passion for dragon boat started in 2007 and I was paddling competitively in school teams, corporate teams as well as my school's alumni team.

My coaching stint started in 2010 for smaller corporate and recreational teams and I decided to take on a more competitive team to coach when I was first introduced into the IDBC scene

As an IDBC team, the British Dragons gave me a very different and enjoyable coaching experience, and it is always very fulfilling when I see the team smile after achieving great race sets and winning medals.

As a coach, my goals are to bring the team to a higher level of competitiveness and to share my paddling experience and technique. If you're looking for an amazing, competitive team which also loves having fun and drinks, then you're looking at the right page.

The positivity, support, and friendliness within the team will definitely make your dragon boat journey enjoyable. See you on the boat!

Coach

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I may have a Bri-ishh sounding name but I’m a true-blue Singaporean. Took up the sport when I was in school and never looked back since. Started off as a paddler, went into steering, coached teams and is also an IDBF certified International Race Official and have spent close to 15 years doing dragonboat since.

Through my work as a coach, I hope to empower more people positively in their lives, from individual health and wellness to interpersonal relationships, interactions with people, because as much as dragonboat is a sport, it encompasses so much more, and that’s the reason why I am so passionate about it.

When I am not on a dragonboat, I can be found in the urban jungle, in an office conducting corporate training. If not, I will be up at some local haunts for good food!

Treasurer

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I discovered dragonboating when I was learning how to canoe after I moved to Singapore from London in 2015.

During my first session of dragon boating with the team, I felt so welcomed by the team and the banter made me feel like I was back home. Despite having zero experience and very unfit, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I signed up straight away and have been a member ever since. The club has ignited a passion within me that I never knew existed.

I have since achieved many sporting milestones that I would never thought I would attempt, let alone believe possible. The friendships I developed will last a lifetime and these people have become my Singapore family.

My role is to ensure that we give our team good value for their money in terms of training and also social events, whilst also ensuring that our club remains financially sound.

See you on the boat!

Treasurer

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My name is Matthijs, one of the 2 treasurers.

I was born in the Netherlands but call New Zealand home. I got introduced to dragon boating in 2014 when living in Beijing.

After one introduction session I was hooked. When I was moving to Singapore, a friend advised me to join the British Dragons.

I am with BD now since February 2019 and it is a very fine club indeed.

I found them all very friendly and welcoming, they all take the boating seriously and the camaraderie and socialising off the water is very important too.

Try it and you will not be disappointed!

Social

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If you're reading this maybe you are considering trying dragon boating? Or maybe you've already joined us for a few sessions and are thinking about signing up as a member?

I have three words for you - Go For It!

I joined the team in 2015 after being struck by how friendly & welcoming everyone was. Up until then I had only been living up to the first half of the Brits motto "Party Hard, Paddle Harder!". Luckily for me, whatever your fitness level is, the coaches & captains will build you up & encourage every step of the way.

Joining was the best thing I've done in Singapore and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get fit & have fun. 

Social

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Like most people I love Italian food and travel. I also have a, some would say unnatural, love for Gilmore Girls (If you know, you know).

I joined the Brits in 2019, in an attempt to make some friends after moving to Singapore, and after just six months on the team joined the committee as co-social chair!

The Brits, to me, are what make Singapore feel like 'home'. It's a great bunch of people who like to socialise, train and win medals. And after having never done any paddling sports in my life, I'm hooked!

The feeling of being on the water is second to none - hopefully you can join us sometime!

Kit & Equipment

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Hailing from sunny South Africa, I joined the British team in 2016.

As an avid sportswoman with a competitive background in swimming and surf lifesaving, I have truly found my niche paddling with the Brits! Who wouldn't want to be part of a team that shows true commitment in training, community and one another.

As kit manager, I have the pleasure of making sure that our team always looks on point! Living the brand is key so my role is to make sure that you own multiple team kit items.

International

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The Brits are a team with a competitive streak and a zest for life...More than a team, we’re a motley crew, over 21 nationalities, wide age range and a sense of adventure...we’re a family.

My role is to liaise with local and global DB community, get us invites to races in Singapore and abroad and to arrange travel for international races and to enhance and promote DB in Singapore.

So take the plunge (pun intended) pick up a paddle and come join us for some fun on the water. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Sponsorship

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Initially lured to try out dragon boating because of the promise of a keg after training, I joined the team in 2009.
Not long after, I joined the committee to manage the website until 2011 when I moved to Jakarta where I lived until mid-2015.

I rejoined the team in 2019 and in 2020 rejoined the committee to look after social media and sponsorship.
Originally from Perth, Australia, I’ve called Asia home since late 2007.

I’ve had some great experiences with the team and made friends for life. See you in the boat, or at Dallas.

Admin

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I've only been with the club about two years but immediately felt like part of a big extended family.

I've been both a "serious" paddler - attending every session a week - and I've been a "social paddler" where I paddle just to have an active social life!

I think there's something for everyone and having a family away from home is very important