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!"
Together, We Stand Strong
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Mental toughness. That is the name and game of Dragon Boat. Every team will train just as hard as the other. Every team will sacrifice just as much as the other. But on race day, the team that loses is the one that can’t break down all mental barriers and makes the first mistake. In all honesty, it is a little overwhelming. For a whole quarter, a paddler can work hard on both land and water; however, there won’t be any results on race day unless all the other 19 paddlers on the boat have trained just as hard and want to win just as bad. But, this is what makes dragon boat so unique. As strenuous and frustrating as the sport can be, it is just as much beautiful and rewarding because all the sacrifice and hard work is worthwhile when you do it for your teammates.
For 10 weeks, both our white and blue boats trained tirelessly. In rain or shine, the boats were always on the water with a hunger to do better. We did not just want to do well at Arizona. No, we needed to do well. We needed our hunger to be satiated and we needed to prove to the other teams at the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival that the UC San Diego Dragon Boat Team would stop at nothing. After a 6-hour drive, we arrived in Arizona on Friday for our last practice before race day. The moment we stepped into the boat, the hot and arid air sucked the energy out of us. Not only were we fighting against the other boats, but we were fighting against nature as well because Arizona was experiencing record high temperatures.
After 8 grueling races over the span of two days, both boats still stood strong. Both boats pushed each other and had times that were only milliseconds away. In fact, this shot a fear in the other teams’ hearts because it is very rare for a Dragon Boat team to put forth two very strong competitive teams. We could hear teams like UCI and UCLA whisper to themselves about how both of our boats were very strong this year. Overall, both boats qualified to the final college race and placed 5th and 6th. Our A boat placed 5th in the mixed A division and placed 2nd in the 250 sprints. We left Arizona with our heads high and hearts full. Our hunger was satiated by hope. Hope that the strong bonds we have created together as a team will carry on to our upcoming races and will help us become even stronger in the future.
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