INTERVIEW WITH A FAIR DINKUM NEWBIE

 

Member since
- 2011

Newbie
- Graeme "The Highlander"

Profile
- Journalist
- Paddles on the right hand side
- Talks too much

Enjoys
- Honey, Star Trek, Tattoos and many kinds of buns 

 

Why did you take up the sport?
When I first moved to Hong Kong I wanted to make friends somewhere other than the pub. I’ve never been, what you call, a sporty person but felt that now was my chance. Not being a big sport in the UK, Dragon boating was completely new to me. I grew up sailing so I knew I liked being on the water, but this seemed more of a physical challenge. As a bonus, it didn’t come with the associated stigma of having been being picked last for it at school.

 

How did you find out about it?
We searched online and FD came up first. Quick email later and we were on!

 

What were your first impressions of the club?
It’s clearly a tight knit unit, which can be off-putting for newbies, yet even I, who had no previous ‘team’ experience, felt welcomed. More experienced members took the time to get to know and chat with me and walk me through correct paddling technique. With the emphasis placed on technique, I didn’t feel my lack of paddling experience would let me down.

Straight from the first session, though, I loved the fact that we were getting out into the water around Stanley. Being on the water is a brilliant way to shake of the tensions of the week and I look forward to practice every Sunday.

 

What has been the funniest moment for you in the club so far?
I’ve got to say, the on-boat banter is the best! There is plenty of hilarity to be had during the training sessions and resting between races. I did enjoy performing intricate yoga moves on the MTR during the FD 321! RUSH…. Most people gave us a wide berth but, I think, mainly because we stank.

 

Describe the club in three words

Dragon - Boat - Team…. Only kidding!

Faster, better, stronger.

 
 

 

 

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