They scooped their way to victory receiving their trophies and medals. Here is a report from your captains, for the Gaelics Dragons as Singapore Barbarians this weekend:
29 Gaelics (including honorary Gaelics) jetted off to Boracay with the Singapore Barbarians last week, forming 1/3 of the entire Barbarian team. We all had a brilliant time and ended the trip with some blings to bring back to Singapore.
Opening Ceremony – Team Performance Champions (Choreographed by Richard, Zai, Jesse):
Singapore Barabrians became the first team to win the new Team Performance perpetual trophy. The pressure is now on to win again for the next two years so that the Barbarians get to keep the trophy and bring it back to Singapore.
Lots of Gaelics were involved in the dance, including the brilliant performance of the coconut dance by Richard, Jesse, Phil and EL.
On the water:
Ladies 500m 22 crew Gold (Jess, Aoife, Zai, Ali, Briyah, Julie)
Ladies 250m 22 crew Silver (Jess, Aoife, Ali, Briyah, Zai, Alina)
Ladies 250m 12 crew Silver (Jess, Zai, Aoife)
Massive thanks go to Sarah Kamp for organising the Barbarian team and making sure that we all had a great time in Boracay.
Within the Gaelics, thanks to everyone who helped out over the weekend:
– Briyah and Alina who volunteered to attend the race managers meeting on behalf of the Barbarians
– Everyone who helped with packing and carrying paddles to and from the beach each day in our amazing new paddle bags!
– Dusko who seemed to become team doctor for the weekend
– Andrew Baker for leading the capsize recovery effort for the Barbarian boats (and for being amazingly awesome on cheering everyone before and after a race, and sprinting back and forth the beach to get what paddlers needed – buy this guy a drink if you see him)
It was a weekend with lots of firsts for the many: first race, first time pacing or drumming, first time to race in the sea, first time (and in some cases 2nd or 3rd time!) to capsize, or first time to be race boat captains. We hope you all enjoyed the chance to try something new – everyone who was asked to do something stepped up and did it brilliantly!
The rivalry and support between the Singapore Barbarians and Filipino Dragons Singapore (FDS) was fantastic, leading to nail-bitingly close races between the teams! Congrats to FDS on their gold medal in the 250m ladies 22crew race. The trophies for both the 250m and 500m ladies 22crew races are in Singapore!
While in Boracay, the Gaelics donated many of our old life vests to a new team in the Philippines, the Cebu Dragons. It seems appropriate that they also have green race shirts!
Here are some snaps of the mighty craic…