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20 Aug 2013

The NUS Women's Dragon Boat Team won the coveted Prime Minister Challenge Trophy for the fourth year at the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival 2013

The NUS Men’s Dragon Boat Team put up a tough fight for the Prime Minister Challenge Trophy and finished less than a second behind the top team
The Singapore Dragon Boat Festival 2013 left behind bittersweet memories for the NUS Dragon Boat Team. The women's team made a clean sweep of the National Championship women's title, the Tertiary Women's title and the coveted Prime Minister Challenge Trophy for the fourth year. The men's team faced stiff challenges from the other tertiary institutions and came in third for the National Championship, and second for the Tertiary Open and Prime Minister Challenge Trophy. In all three races, the time difference between the two leading men’s teams was less than a second. The men and women's team together also secured a bronze medal for the tertiary mixed category.

The team faced new challenges this year with members having to go for internships and holidays when the festival was postponed from its original dates of 6 and 7 July to 17 and 18 August due to the haze. Despite the slight hiccup, both teams continued to train hard and made the best of whatever time available to them. It was a trying time as it meant one more cycle of high-intensity training but with everyone supporting each other, the teams pulled through and grew even closer.

In the two days of the race, the NUS Women's Dragon Boat Team proved that they were simply the best as they clinched every title possible and with a clear lead. The men's team, while not as victorious as the women's team, put up their best fight in every single race. At the National Championship finals, the team made up of a majority of junior paddlers clinched a much deserving Bronze and cemented their foothold as promising competitors in future races.

With the presence of NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye, Vice Provost of Student Life Professor Tan Tai Yong, Vice-Dean of Students Dr Lee Kooi Cheng and more than 300 supporters dressed in corporate orange, the atmosphere at Bedok Reservoir, where the races were held, was exhilarating. The supporters were jubilant over the women's win and full of cheer and admiration for the valiant efforts of the men's team.

By Office of Student Affairs