Monday October 24, 2011
Cancer survivors from Singapore win big in inaugural dragon boat competition
PUTRAJAYA: In a show of might by cancer survivors from across the globe, The Paddlers in Pink from Singapore took the coveted title of grand champions at the inaugural Cancer Survivors World Cup competition in conjunction with the International Dragon Boat Festival here.
Rowing in eight events, the women in pink swept four gold medals, along with three silver and one bronze.
The rowers also broke their personal goal of completing the 250m race in one minute and 18 seconds, said team captain Chia Siang Pio.
“We hope to be an inspiration to others and show that breast cancer survivors can also be fit,” she said.
The three-day International Dragon Boat Festival ended at the Putrajaya Sports Complex in Precinct 6 here yesterday.
Sixty local and foreign teams comprising 1,500 participants from 14 countries took part in the fest. The participating countries included Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and host Malaysia.
The Cancer Survivors World Cup, hosted by the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF), was held for the first time at the festival.
The Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) won the International Challenge-level Open Grand Challenge.
SDBA women's team captain Liping Chian said their win would help their preparation for the Sea Games in Indonesia next month.
Meanwhile, Team Naga won the Malaysia International Challenge Trophy Open (12-crew) Minor Final.
The StarMetro all-female team also participated in the race.
The event was jointly organised by W.P. Putrajaya Dragon Boat Association (WPPDBA) in collaboration with Putrajaya Corporation (PPJ), Youth and Sports Ministry, Tourism Malaysia, Federal Territory and Urban Wellbeing Ministry, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry and Malaysia Dragon Boat Association (MDBA) in affiliation with the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).