Friday, February 21, 2014

Taste of 1st Championship

The Philippine Marine Corps Dragon Boat Team is only more than 4 months old when they joined the 1st Cavinti Water Sports Olympics in Cavinti, Laguna. They've been training almost everyday to perfect their forms and synchronization with the beat of the drum.


They had a rocky start on the first heat of the race where the men's short boat category finished last while both the women's short boat and mix long boat finished 2nd. The second heat started with the mix long boat category where the team finished first ahead of the Philippine Navy team. The women's category finished first on their 2nd heat ahead of Philippine Navy. The tide was against the men when they finished last on the 2nd heat.
By the end of the second heat, the team points tied up with Philippine Navy and Pagsanjan Paddlers in Mix Category. While both the Men and Women categories didn't make it to the finals. The women's team, although they finished first on their second heat, didn't finish fast enough to pull their overall time.

The final heat of the Mix category was the most anticipated race of the day where in 3 teams had an equal opportunity to go home as the 1st champion of the Cavinti Water Sports Olympics Dragon Boat Team.

When the white flag at the starting point dropped the 4 long boats jumped in to action. All the 4 teams were moving almost at the same pace with the Marines taking the lead. The best part of the race was the last 100 meters to finish line. Both the Navy and Pagsanjan Paddlers worked overtime to grab the first spot but the Marine paddlers were tireless and gave more than 100% of their effort to maintain their lead against the competition. They reached the finish line ahead of the Pagsanjan Paddlers, and Philippine Navy and grab their first championship.

 Philippine Marines Headquarters. Before the team left for Cavinti

 Sunrise in Cavinti

 National Anthem
























 The Champion


 Interview with Dyan Castillejo of Sports Unlimited ABS-CBN


 Team with Ma'am Lulu

At 4 months old, the team already grabbed a championship in a race organized by the Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation. All the efforts, discipline and sacrifices that the team put in their craft had paid off. This is their first championship and hopefully, more will come. Go MARINES!

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