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Monday, November 26, 2007

dark days for dragonboaters...

Monday, 26th November 2007 – 7:56pm Singapore time

If you have been watching the news or reading the papers recently, you would have heard of the dragonboating tragedy which took place just a few days ago… As an active dragonboater myself, I do feel really sad that such a bad thing had to happen to fellow paddlers who share the same passion for the sport…

I was especially worried when I first heard wisps of the news as my coach is also the coach for the men’s national team… In addition to that, my buddy from the army, Stanley is also a member of the national team… Needless to say I was really, really worried and sent him an SMS… I was very relieved when he replied to say that he is alright… He SMS-ed me again today after he arrived in Singapore to tell me that he’s fine… I plan to meet up with him soon to just check up on him… My coach is fine too…

I know how depressing it is to lose one friend, but to lose five at one go; that must be really hard… I can’t even try to imagine how their families feel…

They released the pictures of the victims in the papers today and I do find at least two of the men very familiar as we have taken part and raced against each other in a few races before… I just hope such a thing won’t happen anymore, and that they will be more stringent about safety rules, especially those concerning the use of lifejackets…

You can read a bit about the incident here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/313837/1/.html

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