Message from the Captains
September 23, 2013"The UC San Diego Dragon Boat team is currently recruiting! Come check us out at our events these next 2 weeks:
Monday, September 23, 11am-2pm
STUDENT SERVICES FAIR
Look for our paddles after Triton Power Hour right outside RIMAC and pick up a flyer!
Location: RIMAC Ridgewalk
Wednesday, September 25, 9am-2:30pm
Did you miss us at the Student Services Fair? No worries! Here's another chance for you to look for our paddles and pick up a flyer!
Location: Library Walk Block 1987
Friday, September 27, 4:30pm-5:30pm
GENERAL BODY MEETING
Come to our info session to not only meet current members of the team, but to get a good sense as to what we do and how you can benefit from UCSD Dragon Boat. Look for us right in front of RIMAC (by the trees and tables) and we will escort you to the room if you have trouble finding it.
Location: RIMAC Green Room
Saturday, September 28, 9am-11am
Try the sport out and discover the essence of this team. You have not experienced San Diego until you've paddled the bright, warm waters at the sunny beach. It is highly recommended that recruits attend water practices to see whether this sport and team are a good fit for them.
Location: Mission Bay
Sunday, September 29, 9am-11am
Another chance to experience first-hand the sport we pride ourselves in.
Location: Mission Bay
Monday, September 30, 12:30pm-2pm
This is a valuable chance to learn the proper technique of dragon boating at a comfortable pace, so you will be paddling like a pro in no time!
Location: Main Gym Natatorium
Monday, September 30, TBA
Two events in one day? What a deal! Take a break from your hectic first few days of classes with some yummy s'mores and relax in the cool ocean breeze. This is also another great chance to get to know our diverse members and for us to get to know you!
Location: La Jolla Shores
Tuesday, October 1, 6pm-7:30pm
One of two available land practices where you get to run with the pack (literally).
Location: Spanos Track
Wednesday, October 2, 6pm-7:30pm
Had evening class on Tuesday? No problem! Come out to this land practice to get your heart pumping.
Location: Spanos Track
All events are FREE, and there is no obligation to join after attending any event.
No previous experience is necessary.
Rides are provided for water practices. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org saying you wish to attend water practice and a ride will be arranged for you.
Recruits are highly suggested to attend most-if not all-practices to get a chance to thoroughly evaluate their level of interest with the team.
For more information:
» visit www.ucsddragonboat.webs.com
» like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ucsddragonboat
» email email@example.com with any additional questions or concerns
We look forward to meeting all of you!"
The Tip of the Iceberg
Sunday, November 9, 2014
After a seven hour drive up to San Francisco, the UC San Diego Dragon Boat Team felt anxious as they stepped onto the boats Saturday morning. It was their last practice before the races on Sunday. Strangely enough, they were welcomed with warm 70 degree weather and a bright sun shining down on them. Practice went well and all the worries that weighed them down last weekend were washed away. Every paddler knew what they had to execute and only a few tweaks in techniques were needed. At the end of practice, the team felt confident in their abilities and was ready to walk into the competition the next day with their heads held high.
But San Francisco weather is unpredictable, and as the team walked into the competition at six in the morning, an ominous and unrelenting fog hovered over the lake for the whole day. However, this weather did not alter the spirits of the team. Despite the heavy fog, the nerves, and the other loud college teams, the team maintained their focus. Unlike other sports, dragon boat races are 80% mental and 20% physical. Every team works just as hard, but what separates one boat from another is how well they maintain their focus during the race. Both white and blue boats did extremely well. Against all odds, blue boat made it into the B division finals and white boat made it into the A division finals. Although neither boat was able to place in their respective divisions, the team was able to walk off the boats with their heads high.
The UC San Diego Dragon Boat Team may have left Lake Merced with heavy hearts, but they still held their heads high knowing that they made every single stroke count during those races. Each paddler stood tall and felt proud to represent UC San Diego. Although there is much to work on, the team left San Francisco with no regrets and a drive to prove themselves at the upcoming races.
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