Previous Captain’s Testimonials

Dragon boat is as much a test of mental perseverance as it is physical strength and technique. The discipline to dig deep and push harder even while our arms feel like lead are what help us succeed on the racecourse. The consistent effort we put to push our bodies during training brings us to that point. We set our eyes on new goals, and we move forward.

Joining the team easily ranks as one of the best decisions I have made in university. When you join New Dragons, you are part of more than a sports team. You will trudge through the cold, the early mornings, the late nights, and the grueling practices, emerging a little stronger each time. Along the way, you will make some of your closest friends. You will be surrounded by people rooting for you, people who will inspire and push you beyond what you thought you could do. And you will do the same for them.

Are you up for the challenge?
Jiawen - Captain
Jiawen Chen
Captain (2020-2021)
Initially, I didn’t even know what dragon boat was, until a former captain invited me to a team workout on a Saturday morning in my first year. Today, I stand in his shoes and look back to see how far everyone has come. Each season, all of the months of training, studying together, and time outside of practice has helped us to grow as students, athletes, and most importantly, a family.

Getting up that Saturday morning was one of the best choices I have ever made. I’ve learned some of my most important lessons, gained great opportunities, and made some of my closest friends during my journey with New Dragons.

And now, let this be the start of yours. Let’s see where it takes you, and how far you’ll go.
Sajad Sadat
Captain (2019-2020)
At the core of dragon boat is an indisputable sense of team. On the boat, you are only one of twenty-two people trying to achieve the same goal, yet there is no doubt that you are crucial to the team’s success. Each race lasts for only fifty seconds, two minutes, or nine minutes, but the fight to bring those numbers down is a journey that begins months, and even years, before the big day.

On New Dragons, you will be one of fifty people pursuing a legacy of greatness, and you will be anything but alone. This is where people will guide, push, and expect the best from you, in all areas of life. This is where you will do the same for yourself. In first year, I found a family here in a campus of 60,000.

Today, I invite you into our home.
Ellissa Huang
Captain (2018-2019)
The 2017-2018 season marked New Dragons' return to CCWC since 2012. It was a completely new team, but with the same passion and drive from seasons past. One of the old captains used to say it was what we did in the dark that put us in the light, and we couldn't have done it without the dedication of our phenomenal Coach Ben and the hard work from every single member of the roster. We bonded through rough practices and helped each other grow and develop as paddlers and as people.

Every member of the roster came back from Hungary as a different person, moulded by the challenge and thrill of the competition into someone tougher and more resilient than before. There's no doubt that there were emotional and physical periods that really shut us down, but we had the support of 53 people - and we came back stronger and better. That's what we were taught, and that's how we will continue.

Honour. Focus. Engage.
Stephanie Tang
Stephanie Tang
Captain (2017-2018)