Raging Dragons Dragon Boat Club
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Raging Dragons

Season 2017

Our growing family

A warm welcome to our newest Ragers Ben, Tatiana, Gigi and Nicola – and the team's also delighted to welcome Katha, Chun and Viki back to London and Rage!

Stockton: off to a great start

Thanks to everyone for making Stockton a great success. Rage fielded a full boat at the first races of the season – a great turnout for such a faraway event.
Thanks to Jo T and Janny for sorting out car pooling and general logistics, and to Jojo, who was so well organised she'd taken care of our accommodation months in advance. 

The team enjoyed a great (and very filling) Italian dinner the night before.
Rage pre-race dinner
Rage pre-race dinner
After a decent night's rest we ate a hearty hotel breakfast before heading to the race venue to set up our Rage camp in style – complete with paddle hanging rope, clothes drying line, additional changing tents and a communal snack table :D

Ladies first – the day kicked off with women's racing in the morning. Firestorm had a national league champion title to defend. After three fierce races we emerged victorious from the final in (a very close) first place.
Our Rage mixed team then battled it out against some tough open competition in the 200m sprints, progressing to the major finals. This, I must say – is a pretty big deal, considering we made one major final all of last season and we've now done it at the first event of the year! We faced Amathus, Wraysbury and Typhoon in the finale – finishing 4th out of the pack, a respectable result against the nation's strongest crews.
Rage team huddle
Firestorm in action
We have a solid foundation to build on – however, the contrast of our 500m result against our 200m performance reminds us that we all need to work on our stamina. The 500m event saw us finish up in 3rd place in the major plate final. Though we know there's room for improvement, we gave our all when Pete and Janny called for it – and the team should be very proud. 
Rage team talk
Team bling

Ruthie's recovery

Our Hug-a-boo has always brought smiles to the team with her energy. Unfortunately Ruth was injured a few weeks ago at a 5km obstacle course challenge. To Stockton she sent us her love, her dad Jon – and his tarty-bite treats! It was a great morale boost for the team, and nice to have her there in spirit :)

She's a trouper – staying positive, and is currently knitting a menagerie of cute animals. We're hoping she'll feel well enough soon to come hang out with us at a race day as Chief Cheerleader or enjoy a dim sum lunch with us after a training session. In the meantime, please don't forget to drop her a line. We miss your hugs, Ruth – and look forward to receiving them in lump sum :) xx

Paddler of the month: April 2017

Paddler of the month, Phil Ler
Congratulations to our April Rage Paddler of the Month, Phil Ler :)

Phil was presented with the Most Improved Paddler of 2016 award at our end of season dinner. His ongoing self-analysis and desire to improve are still evident this year, and his training attendance has been excellent. Great attitude and awesome work, Phil – well deserved :)

The guys were creatively suggesting we produce a Rage Paddler of the Month model calendar for fundraising (with the dragon trophy strategically placed in an 'artistically tasteful' black and white photo shoot). As sexy as we are, I'm not not sure anyone would want to buy one, haha! Well done anyway, Mr April! ;)

Lobster noodle night: Stef's farewell

The team recently enjoyed a sumptuous Rage supper club dinner. It was a fantastic feast of Chinese lobster noodles and other tasty dishes organised by Jess :D

Two happy Rage tables turned up to enjoy a night of fine food and company, and to farewell our dear Stefanie. She's leaving London for Germany where her new employer is fortunate enough to be gaining a star team player.
Rage lobster noodle dinner: Stef's farewell
Stef's Rage cushion
Stef was presented some souvenirs to hopefully remember us by – a Rage mug, mini paddle and a team photo cushion :)

It's been lovely having you on board – we'll miss that sweet smile. Hope to see some photos of you on a German dragon boat soon! Look after yourself and keep in touch – be sure to let us know when you're back in London for a visit/paddle/food catch up :)

Rage committee 2017

Following on from the Rage AGM, we'd like to congratulate and thank our nominees for accepting Rage's 2017 committee positions:

Team manager
Jo Tang, assisted by Janny Wong

Coaching team
Jen Szeto and Victor Martinez, assisted by Andrew Gaydon

Jessica Lee, Richard Marfiak

Social, recruitment and retainment team
Jo Araminta, Jocelyn Ooi, Johnny Leung

Equipment and boat managers
Arnie Bade, Richard Edmunds, Tom Relihan

Rage as one

We are now one BDA event into the season – seven to go. Thanks again to everyone for making Stockton happen, and to our new committee who will play a pivotal role in helping shape the future of Rage.

We've gained some awesome new members over the last few months. Our club is comprised of great people and energy. Together we have been laying the foundations for 2017 over winter – now is the time to make our efforts count. To Bristol, and beyond...

Rage as one 

Vic and Jen.

Editor: Jen Szeto