1) It is the ULTIMATE team sport
No other sport in the world asks 20 paddlers to do the exact same thing at the exact same time to achieve success. It makes training for this sport interesting and all about how the team comes together for the same shared goal. Then when we finish racing we party with all the other teams, it’s especially fun in Hong Kong because no one needs to tow boats to races or drive back from them because we all live so close and taxi’s are cheap and plentiful. There really is no excuse not to take part!
2) Get a FULL body workout
An average one hour training session can burn anywhere between 500-800 calories. Many automatically think this is an arm sport – it really isn’t you work everything – Back, Shoulders, Legs and Core. It is unlike any sport you will have ever done and do not be put off after your first go – it will feel strange and muscles will ache that you didn’t know you had! It also has a plus side of giving purpose to your usual gym workouts.
3) A great way to make FRIENDS
Clubs generally have anywhere between 25-80 members so it’s an easy way to mix quickly with many nationalities and professions. You will find that this sport will open many doors to establishing great memories of your time in Hong Kong.
GET INVOLVED: We have 3 training sessions a week that you can attend;
Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm in the gym in Pok Fu Lam
Thursdays 7:30-9pm and Saturdays 8:30-10:30am on the water at Tai Tam Tuk
About the Author:
Vicki Easton is our coach for 2018. She moved to Hong Kong in 2011 from Abu Dhabi and has been paddling for 7 years. She represented Great Britain in 2015 at the World Dragonboat Championships in Canada and in 2017 in China where she Co Captained and collected a World Bronze Medal with the Premier Women over 200m alongside fellow Stormy women, Vanessa Watts (who heads up our Outrigger section), Vicky Huffey (Women’s Captain) and Michelle Teasel our Drummer and this year our money chick (aka Treasurer)!