Drumming for a win

By Patricia Hului
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More than 540 paddlers competed in the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta 2015 held from Sep 18 to 20 at Kuching Waterfront.

With 17 international teams participating in the race from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia, each boat had its drummer who plays a vital role in the team.

The drummer sits on the prow of the boat and keeps the paddlers in rhythm as they match their strokes with the drumbeats.

During the recent race, it was interesting to watch the drummers enthusiastically cheering their respective teams to the finishing line.

Some  drummers had on extra gear besides their drumsticks; GoPro cameras strapped to their foreheads.

On Sunday, a friendly match held between the VIPs, Ministry of Tourism staff, residents of Kuching, team managers, race officials, and tourists from Germany saw all the VIPs like the Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s (Bumiputra Entrepreneurs Development) Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, permanent secretary to Tourism Ministry Datu Ik Pahon Joyik choose to be the drummers of their respective teams.



Abang Johari drumming during the friendly match on Sunday.



Naroden waving to the crowd after the end of friendly match.



Ik Pahon looking relaxed after the friendly match.



Paddler from the Philippine Titans turning off the GoPro camera on their drummer after the race ended.



Drummer from Tokyo Dragon, Japan.



Drummer from Kapuas Hulu signalling her team to stop paddling.



Another drummer from Philippine Titans.



Young drummer from Singapore Polytechnic.



Drummer from Tokyo Dragons (Japan) enjoying the view as the race ended.



Drummer from Penang Island Paddlez Club (PIPC).


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