FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team, which is considered as the fastest dragon boat crew in the planet, was recognized by the Philippine Army during a simple awarding ceremony at the Philippine Army headquarters on Friday, September 19.
Army Chief Lt Gen Hernando DCA Iriberri conferred the Military Merit Medals (Interim) to the 17-man Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team who participated in the 9th International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crews World Championships in Standiana Bacin, Ravenna, Italy held last September 3 to 7.
The Army won Gold medals in the 200-meter and 500-meter small boat categories.
Breaking World Records
The Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team had already established World records in the 200 meter event when they competed in the Dragon Boat World Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida in 2011. In the 2014 World Championships, the Army paddlers outraced over 25 other competing teams in the 200-meter category, and broke the 53-second world record in the same event by posting 47.85 seconds. Meanwhile, in the 500-meter event, the team out-paddled 27 other teams, nailing another world record by clocking an all-time best record of 2 minutes and 6 seconds.
For the Army paddlers, the win had been more glorious this year because they carried solely the name of the Philippine Army in a world competition for the first time.
Recognizing World-Class Soldier-Athletes
The Philippine Army takes pride in its the soldier-athletes that possess world-class skills. Apart from the Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team, the Philippine Army Lady Troopers also displayed excellence in sports when it captured the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference Crown. Their accomplishments continue to bring honor and glory for the Army and the whole country.
(Photos by Pfc Cesar Lopez)