Gaelic Dragons Newsletter: The Gaelic Monkeys

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The Gaelic Monkeys

As the new committee members take their place following the AGM, we also welcome a new lunar year. The Gaelic Dragons team, born in 2004, is in fact not a dragon, but a monkey! Maybe not such a surprise, knowing some of our more mischievous members.

For the Year of the Dog, the celestial masters caution those born under the monkey sign that it could be a tricky one (don’t shoot the messenger!).In the face of challenges, monkeys must stand by their beliefs and focus on the job at hand. Energetically, this year could also be tiring, so monkeys are advised to have activities that can replenish energy and boost strength.

So, let’s believe in ourselves, focus on our training and replenish our energy by sharing a few beers! With so many social events approaching, this should be an easy task to master.

A new year is also about new beginnings. As your recently elected committee will soon gather for its first meeting, now is a good time to put forward any ideas you have to improve the year ahead for the Gaelic Dragons. You can contact any committee member via email or Facebook and they will bring your ideas to the table.

Finally, the committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all Gaelic Monkey/Dragons a happy and healthy Year of the Dog! 

Regular and Race Training

Wednesday – 6.30 a.m.

Saturday – 2.45 p.m.

Sunday – 9 a.m.

 

Wednesday morning session and Sunday race training will be based on sign ups. Sign up here. Remember: if you sign up, you are expected to show up!

 

Saturday training will be on – 2.45pm @ the cage!

 

Some reminders for this week:

1. Membership fees were due before the AGM. If you haven’t paid up yet, please do so soon and let Zai or Leon know once you have.

2. Due to work and personal commitments, a lot of committee members will be away over the next few weeks. Let’s try to make it easy for whoever organising training. Please sign up early, arrive on time, pay ahead of training on Waave or bank transfer.

3. Please message the Gaelic group chat(Whatsapp) if you’re running late to make sure your message is seen.

4. Regulars, please help out when you’re at the cage. Make sure eskis are filled, help newbies get the right size vest and paddle, get the boats ready and get the warm up started.

Gaelic Dragons Bootcamp

 

Prepare to feel the burn! Find us at The Promontory @ Marina Bay (under the giant fans – message Gaelic Dragons or Kollarics Bence on Facebook for directions)7:30pm till 8:30pm, every Tuesday.

How much? $5 for PAYG members, and free for subscription members! What to bring? Water, a towel and a shitload of enthusiasm!

You can also find the Facebook event page here.

 

Social Update: March Madness!

 

March is set to be an exciting month, with lots of events in the pipeline! Read on for all the details, or check out the Gaelic Dragons Facebook page.

 

March 2nd, 7pm

Black Friday: New Committee Edition

Come down to the Penny Black from 7pm to meet your new committee and kick of the new season by sharing a drink or two (or ten!)

 

March 11th, 2:30pm

Winter Bar Olympics

Join Team GD at Ice Cold Beer to bring home the gold at the Winter Bar Olympics with events including 8-ball, Beer Chug, Darts, Beer Pong and Flip Cup. We need a team of 6 to 8 people and a mixture of guys and gals – details coming soon on how to put yourself forward as a bar athlete! The event is hosted by the American Dragons and it would be great to see lots of Gaelics going down to show support. Find more info on the Facebook event here.
 
March 16th, 7:30pm

St Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl

Back due to popular demand! Starting at Muddy Murphy’s, let’s kick of St Patrick’s weekend in style by touring the best Irish bars in Singapore dressed in the Irish tricolour to down the finest Irish pints! More details and Facebook event coming soon.

 

March 17th, 1pm

St Paddy’s Paddle and Newbie Day 

Join us for an afternoon of fun paddling, beer drinking and singing Gaelic songs! Bring along your friends and colleagues to get a taste of dragon boating and, more importantly, introduce them to some Gaelic traditions! Full details in the next section.

 

March 18th, 3pm (meet at Penny’s at 1:30pm)

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Once again the Gaelic Dragons will join the St Patrick’s Day Parade at Boat Quay along with Singapore’s many Irish clubs and societies. Stick around afterwards for live music and plenty of Guinness in support of Ireland’s patron St Patrick and all things Irish! Keep an eye out for more details coming soon.

 

St Paddy’s Paddle and Newbie Day 

17 March, 1pm

Kallang Riverside

 

It’s that time of year again – let’s dress up in green, drown the shamrock and celebrate Irishness!

 

Join us for an afternoon of fun paddling, beer drinking and Irish singing at Kallang Riverside. Bring your friends, family and colleagues – the more the merrier!

What to bring:

– Sunscreen

– Hat

– Sunglasses

– Flip flops

– Irish accessories (optional!)

You should also be prepared to get wet, so wear gym/work out clothing and bring a change of clothes if you want to dry off before going out afterwards.

 

Cost: $30 including equipment (paddles, life vests, boats etc), food and drink (water, soft drinks and beer).

 

You can find the Facebook event here  to invite friends and family. Don’t forget to have them sign the e-waiver which is available on the page.

 

QuizBiz Time!

February 22nd, 8p.m.

The Penny Black

 

Join Master Sid for for some quizzing fun this Thursday! Bring your family, friends, colleagues, random people you found in the street and join in for your chance to win beer!  

 

Check out this Facebook event page  and click on ‘Going” to join!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

 

 
Save the dates! 
Race DatesWe have updated race dates, and do plan ahead. April 19-22

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

 

May 26-27 / June 2-3

DBS Marina Regatta

 

July 7-8

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

 

September 29

AustCham 5k and 10k Challenge

 

November 3-4

36th Singapore River Regatta

 

Fun Races & Upcoming Events

March 2

Black Friday: New Committee Edition

March 11 

American Dragons Bar Olympics

March 16 

St Paddy’s Pub Crawl

 March 17 

St Paddy’s Paddle and Newbie Day 

March 18 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

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Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting This Sunday!

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Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting This Sunday!

 

Team sports such as dragon boating, requires time and effort to be devoted to build a culture that will lead to success. You have to give much attention to the culture being built within the team as it will affect individual athletes. An organisation that is built in positive and healthy culture will definitely perform well.

 

Each member should contribute to achieve team success. Each individual has a big impact on how the team performs and gets along. If everyone in this team work together to maintain the positive energy, where each athlete can feel comfortable and feel the support of each other, it is easy to bring the team up to greatness.

 

We as a team, have a shared goal. You, as a part of this team, as a part of this club, has a mission. You are the foundation of this team. Take ownership of the culture being built within this team.

 

And as part of taking ownership, is for you to be at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday to vote for the member you think can dedicate their time, and give their effort to help run the club. Also, time to give your feedback and suggestions by filling out this survey form.

 

P.S. Please aim to pay membership fees before the event as only fully paid members can vote and take position in the committee. (Check Read-only group chat for the bank details if you are paying by bank transfer.) 

 

And we hope it’s not too late…. we would like recognise the members who have participated in the Kings and Queens Race on the 28th January, that was hosted by the Va’a Team France in Sentosa, and represented the Gaelic Dragons. Well done team!

 

 

Regular and Race Training

Saturday – 2.45 p.m.

Sunday – 9 a.m.

 

 

Sunday training will be based on sign ups.   

2.45pm @ the cage on Saturday!

 

For those who want to join the team in Boracay, please sign up on this Google form and let Aoife know once done, so you can be added on the Barbarians Facebook group.

 

Some reminders for this week:

1. Membership fees are due before the AGM. Please let Aoife or Ali know if you have paid.

2. Due to work and personal commitments, a lot of committee members will be away over the next few weeks. Let’s try to make it easy for whoever organising training. Please sign up early, arrive on time, pay ahead of training on Waave or bank transfer.

3. Please message Gaelic group chat(Whatsapp) if you’re running late to make sure your message is seen.

4. Regulars, please help out when you’re at the cage. Make sure eskis are filled, help newbies get the right size vest and paddle, get the boats ready and get the warm up started.

    

 

Black Friday: Election Edition

 

 Come on down this Friday  and enjoy a pint or two with your fellow members and discuss about the upcoming AGM this Sunday. If you are interested in any of the roles, do approach the current committee member and get to know more about the role. Or just join us for a catch up!  

You can also find the Facebook event page here.

 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting
       11 February, 1.30 p.m.          The Penny Black 

Time for us to review what happened and what we accomplished last year, and find out what’s coming this new season. Just a few days left to our AGM, please send in your nominations by Friday, 9th February.

 

Why you should attend the AGM….

– We will review year 2017, this includes updates of our team resources

– We will share what events and races to look forward to this 2018

– You will get to vote for that Gaelic you think deserves to be seated on the committee(Provided, they will be willing to commit to the role, and, a paid Gaelic member of course!).

– You will celebrate the new season with our sponsor pub, The Penny Black, and get a head start to be the next biggest spender for 2018.

 

The meeting agenda has been emailed to you by Aoife, along with the nomination guidelines and details. Please send Aoife a message if you didn’t receive the email. 

 

St. Patrick’s Paddle & Newbie Day

17 March, 1 p.m.

 

It’s the time of the year again, where we can all dress up in green, drown the shamrock, and be Irish!

 

Join us for an afternoon of singing Gaelic songs, drink beers, and fun paddling. Come on down to Kallang Beach and bring your friends and family who would like to try dragon boating.

 

What to bring:

– Sunscreen

– Hat

– Sunglasses

– Flip flops

– You should also be prepared to get wet, so wear gym/workout clothing Towel and change of clothes if you want to go out afterwards

 

Cost: S$30 – this will cover the equipment(paddle, life vest, boat), food and drink (water, soft drinks, beer)

 

You can find the Facebook event on this page to invite your friends and family. Don’t forget to let them sign the e-waiver available on the invite page.

 Save the dates!  

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

   Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

 

April 19-22

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

 

May 26-27 / June 2-3

DBS Marina Regatta

 

July 7-8

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

 

September 29

AustCham 5k and 10k Challenge

 

November 3-4

36th Singapore River Regatta

 

Fun Races & Upcoming Events

 

February 11 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 

March 11 

American Dragons Bar Olympics

 

March 17 

Paddy’s Day Paddle and Newbie Day

 

March 18 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Thank you, Gaelics!

For my 38th, and my last issue of the newsletter as your communications chair, I would like to thank all the Gaelics, and friends who have been reading all the updates released, especially to those who have written and contributed articles here, and to my fellow committee members.

Please continue to give your feedback by filling out this Google form. This will also help the next committee chair to know what to improve and what you wanted to be included on your daily dose of updates. 

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We Can All Be Legends

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We Can All Be Legends

Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Usain Bolt, what do you think these legends have in common?

Legends may come in all shapes and sizes. Famous or not famous, these are people who stood up for something. Their values helped shape other people’s lives. You could be this someone! 

In dragon boating, when that someone drives the team for results, gets everyone together and inspires the team, I would consider that person a legend.

What else do you think these legends have in common? Another answer is, they all have coaches. They wouldn’t be the greatest if they didn’t have that someone who pushed them, someone who made sure they know what they are doing, someone who kept them on track to reach your goals. We may not see it, but your skill is not inherited. It was gained with hard work, patience, time, and someone who gives you a little push, and I believe, that would be your team mates, and your coach.

Sports Hub-SDBA Century Dragon Boat Race

March 10

Sports Hub, Kallang Basin

 

The dragon boat race season opens and kicks off with the Century Race. This is the 2nd year of this race and is part of the Sports Hub community play day and features a charity segment with the DB Hearts Challenge. 

 

For those who have signed up, we look forward to seeing you at training and in the boat!

 

 

Regular and Race Training

Wednesday – 6.30 a.m.

Saturday – 2.45 p.m.

Sunday – 9 a.m.

 

Wednesday morning session and Sunday race training will be based on sign ups.   

 

2.45pm @ the cage on Saturday!

 

Some reminders for this week:

1. Membership fees are due before the AGM. Please let Aoife or Ali know if you have paid.

2. Due to work and personal commitments, a lot of committee members will be away over the next few weeks. Let’s try to make it easy for whoever organising training. Please sign up early, arrive on time, pay ahead of training on Waave or bank transfer.

3. Please message Gaelic group chat(Whatsapp) if you’re running late to make sure your message is seen.

4. Regulars, please help out when you’re at the cage. Make sure eskis are filled, help newbies get the right size vest and paddle, get the boats ready and get the warm up started.

    

 

 Gaelic Dragons Bootcamp – Mobility and Strength

 

Find us at The Promontory @ Marina Bay (under the giant fans – message Gaelic Dragons or Alina Rusu on Facebook for directions)7:30pm till 8:30pm, every Tuesday.
How much? $5 for PAYG members, and free for subscription members! What to bring? a yoga mat, water, towel and a shitload of enthusiasm!

You can also find the Facebook event page here.

 

 

The Quizzard of Oz

1 February, 8pm

The Penny Black 

 

Join the quiz master for a wizardly night this coming Thursday! Bring your family, friends, colleagues, your significant other and enjoy the night of fun, a pint (or bucket) of beer and even some spells and magic!

Check out this Facebook event page and click on ‘Going” to join!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting

       11 February, 1.30 p.m.

          The Penny Black

 

Time for us to review what happened and what we accomplished last year, and find out what’s coming this new season. Just a few days left to our AGM, please send in your nominations by Friday, 9th February.

 

Why you should attend the AGM….

 

– We will review year 2017, this includes updates of our team resources

– We will share what events and races to look forward to this 2018

– You will get to vote for that Gaelic you think deserves to be seated on the committee(Provided, they will be willing to commit to the role, and, a paid Gaelic member of course!).

– You will celebrate the new season with our sponsor pub, The Penny Black, and get a head start to be the next biggest spender for 2018.

 

The meeting agenda has been emailed to you by Aoife, along with the nomination guidelines and details. Please send Aoife a message if you didn’t receive the email. 

 

 Save the dates!  

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

   Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

 

March 10

Sports Hub – SDBA Dragon Boat Century Race

April 19-22

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

 

May 26-27 / June 2-3

DBS Marina Regatta

 

July 7-8

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

 

September 29

AustCham 5k and 10k Challenge

 

November 3-4

36th Singapore River Regatta

 

Fun Races & Upcoming Events

 

February 11 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 

March 11 

American Dragons Bar Olympics

 

March 17 

Paddy’s Day Paddle and Newbie Day

 

March 18 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

 

Gaelics, we need your help!

 

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

 

Are you enjoying our newsletter this year so far? Or you have found something that we needed to improve? Please fill this Google feedback form for us to know what we need to improve. 

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How To Train Your Dragon(Boat)?

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How To Train Your Dragon(Boat)?

Disclaimer: This is not a film review!

Dragon – a legendary creature thatis a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. 

We won’t be talking about the animated, adventure film, but there are certain things you can relate to it, especially the relationship between the Viking chieftain’s son(Hiccup) and his dragon (Toothless). It is not your relationship as a paddler to the boat(although yeah, we do need to take care of our dragon boats), but it is your connection to that dragon, that is in you. 

As a dragon boat paddler, you already have that power and strength. All you need to do is put in the time and effort in the boat and practice. It does takes both to be able to get the right technique with new strokes. And of course, with a positive mindset, believing that you can do it(this helps a lot!).

So, unleash that dragon in you for the first race of the season! See you in the boat!

On another note, we do have dragons who have showcased their grit downing pints of Guinness on the Muddy Murphy’s BEERLYMPICS the last weekend. The team has put on great effort and came in second out of 8 teams and made it to the finals.

Sports Hub-SDBA Century Dragon Boat Race

March 10

Sports Hub, Kallang Basin

 

The dragon boat race season opens and kicks off with the Century Race. This is the 2nd year of this race and is part of the Sports Hub community play day and features a charity segment with the DB Hearts Challenge. 

 

It’s time to sign up and commit to training! This year, it will not be just for newbies. All members are welcome to sign up.

 

Last chance to sign up for this race!!! Deadline is on Saturday, 27th January. Click on this Google form to register. Please do read the information of the race on the form.

Regular and Race Training

Wednesday – 6.30 a.m.

Saturday – 2.45 p.m.

Sunday – 9 a.m.

 

Wednesday morning session is on! Sunday training will be based on sign ups.   

 

2.45pm @ the cage on Saturday!

 

 

Some reminders for this week:

1. Membership fees are due before the AGM. Please let Aoife or Ali know if you have paid.

2. Due to work and personal commitments, a lot of committee members will be away over the next few weeks. Let’s try to make it easy for whoever organising training. Please sign up early, arrive on time, pay ahead of training on Waave or bank transfer.

3. Please message Gaelic group chat(Whatsapp) if you’re running late to make sure your message is seen.

4. Regulars, please help out when you’re at the cage. Make sure eskis are filled, help newbies get the right size vest and paddle, get the boats ready and get the warm up started.

    

 

Gaelic Dragons Bootcamp

 

 Find us at The Promontory @ Marina Bay (under the giant fans – message Gaelic Dragons or Kollarics Bence on Facebook for directions)7:30pm til 8:30pm, every Tuesday.
How much? $5 for PAYG members, and free for subscription members! What to bring? water, towel and a shitload of enthusiasm!

 

 

Quizzly Bears Thursday!

25 January, 8pm

The Penny Black 

 

Join the quiz master for a bear-ly quiz this coming Thursday! Bring your family, friends, colleagues, your significant other and enjoy the night of fun, a pint (or bucket) of beer and some bear hugs!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting
       11 February, 1.30 p.m.                   The Penny Black 

 

Time for us to review what happened and what we accomplished last year, and find out what’s coming this new season. Just a few days left to our AGM, please send in your nominations by Friday, 9th February. 

 

Why you should attend the AGM….

 

– We will review year 2017, this includes updates of our team resources

– We will share what events and races to look forward to this 2018

– You will get to vote for that Gaelic you think deserves to be seated on the committee(Provided, they will be willing to commit to the role, and, a paid Gaelic member of course!).

– You will celebrate the new season with our sponsor pub, The Penny Black, and get a head start to be the next biggest spender for 2018.

 

The meeting agenda has been emailed to you by Aoife, along with the nomination guidelines and details. Please send Aoife a message if you didn’t receive the email. 

 Save the dates!  

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

   Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

 

March 10

Sports Hub – SDBA Dragon Boat Century Race

 

April 19-22

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

 

May 26-27 / June 2-3

DBS Marina Regatta

 

July 7-8

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

 

September 29

AustCham 5k and 10k Challenge

 

November 3-4

36th Singapore River Regatta

 

 

Fun Races & Upcoming Events

 

February 11 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 

March 17 

Paddy’s Day Paddle and Newbie Day

 

March 18 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Gaelics, we need your help!

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

Are you enjoying our newsletter this year so far? Or you have found something that we needed to improve? Please fill this Google feedback form for us to know what we need to improve. 

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What Does It Mean To You To Be Part Of A Team?

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What Does It Mean To You To Be Part Of A Team?

Sports, regardless of being in a team or individual, can teach you many lessons. Individual sport encourages you to express yourself, but a team sport is still a better school. Team sport teaches you about trust, communication, leadership, it shapes your character strength in relation to others, develops your social skills and even improves work ethic.  

When you are part of a team, you only not think of how you can improve your self to contribute to the team, but you also help your team mates improve so you can work together. You become less self-centered. You think of your how your actions would affect your team mates. In individual sport, the blame and credits goes to that individual, but in a team sport, would you blame and credit only one? There’s a whole lot of truth to what coach is always saying, “The team is only as strong as its weakest member.” But what does it really mean to you to be part of a team? Would you be willing to make sacifices for other people? Not necessarily that you need to go great heights to serve your purpose as a team member, but giving your time, commitment and effort, in and out of the boat, whether during training, or our social events. You have a role to play. You matter.

And talking about being a part of a team, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that membership fees are due before the AGM. Cheers😊~

Sports Hub-SDBA Century Dragon Boat Race

March 10

Sports Hub, Kallang Basin

 

The dragon boat race season opens and kicks off with the Century Race. This is the 2nd year of this race and is part of the Sports Hub community play day and features a charity segment with the DB Hearts Challenge. 

 

It’s time to sign up and commit to training! This year, it will not be just for newbies. All members are welcome to sign up.

 

To sign up for this race, click on this Google form. Please do read the information of the race on the form.

 

 

Regular and Race Training

Wednesday – 6.30 a.m.

Saturday – 2.45 p.m.

Sunday – 9 a.m.

 

Wednesday and Sunday training will be based on sign ups. 

 

2.45pm @ the cage. Please let Aoife  or Richard know if you are going to be late.

 

For newbies, please do take note of the following training procedure to be followed when you arrive at the cage:

1. Register for attendance and pay for training

2. Take a paddle, PFD(life vest), and bum pad.

3. If you don’t have your own water, please take 2-3 bottles of water that the team is providing.

4. Help prepare the boats for training. If you need guidance on where to go or what to do, please ask any of the regular members or your captains.

 

Note: We are trying to lessen the use of plastic bottles for training, please help us do this by bringing your own water and reusable containers. And please, do not leave food in the cage. Even if you have it inside your bag, which you think the scavengers will not find.
    

 

Gaelic Dragons Bootcamp

 

 Find us at The Promontory @ Marina Bay (under the giant fans – message Gaelic Dragons or Kollarics Bence on Facebook for directions)7:30pm til 8:30pm, every Tuesday.
How much? $5 for PAYG members, and free for subscription members! What to bring? water, towel and a shitload of enthusiasm!

 

 

New Year Quiz 2018

18 January, 8pm

The Penny Black 

 

Join the quiz master for the first quiz of the year this coming Thursday! Bring your family, friends, colleagues, your significant other and enjoy the night of fun, and a pint (or bucket).

Please find updates on this Facebook event by our Quiz Master!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting
       11 February, 1.30 p.m.          The Penny Black

 

Time for us to review what happened and what we accomplished last year, and find out what’s coming this new season.

 

Why you should attend the AGM….

– We will review year 2017, this includes updates of our team resources

– We will share what events and races to look forward to this 2018

– You will get to vote for that Gaelic you think deserves to be seated on the committee(Provided, they will be willing to commit to the role, and, a paid Gaelic member of course!).

– You will celebrate the new season with our sponsor pub, The Penny Black, and get a head start to be the next biggest spender for 2018.

 

The meeting agenda has been emailed to you by Aoife, along with the nomination guidelines and details. Please send Aoife a message if you didn’t receive the email. 

 Save the dates!  

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

   Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

 

March 10

Sports Hub – SDBA Dragon Boat Century Race

April 19-22

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

 

May 26-27 / June 2-3

DBS Marina Regatta

 

July 7-8

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

 

September 29

AustCham 5k and 10k Challenge

 

November 3-4

36th Singapore River Regatta

 

 

Fun Races & Upcoming Events

 

February 11 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Gaelics, we need your help!

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

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What’s Your Gaelic New Year’s Resolution?

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What’s Your Gaelic New Year’s Resolution?

Now that the holiday season is over, some are having dry January, and some started their journey to their fitness goals, some delay to start their resolution till Chinese New Year, and some, just refuse to have a resolution. 

Resolution, or no resolution, you still have goals to work on for sure. And in this new year, try to make small changes to get to your goal. One step at a time. Set a timeline for that small change. These small changes are sustainable and it will make you feel better once you accomplish them. This will build your confidence to achieve your next goal, because you know, you are capable.  

As we wait for the opening of the new season, let us all set our new goals, small and attainable with a timeline, and see how far we can get by the end of the year. See you in the boat Gaelics!

 

Regular and Race Training

Saturday – 2.45 p.m.

This Sunday’s training will be based on sign ups.   

2.45pm @ the cage. Please let Aoife  or Richard know if you are going to be late.

For newbies, please do take note of the following training procedure to be followed when you arrive at the cage:

1. Register for attendance and pay for training

2. Take a paddle, PFD(life vest), and bum pad.

3. If you don’t have your own water, please take 2-3 bottles of water that the team is providing.

4. Help prepare the boats for training. If you need guidance on where to go or what to do, please ask any of the regular members or your captains.

Note: We are trying to lessen the use of plastic bottles for training, please help us do this by bringing your own water and reusable containers. And please, do not leave food in the cage. Even if you have it inside your bag, which you think the scavengers will not find.

    

 

Do you have what it takes to survive

Bence’s 

Bootcamp of DOOM?!

 Find us at The Promontory @ Marina Bay (under the giant fans – message Gaelic Dragons or Kollarics Bence on Facebook for directions)7:30pm til 8:30pm, every Tuesday.
How much? $5 for PAYG members, and free for subscription members! What to bring? water, towel and a shitload of enthusiasm!

 

New Year Quiz 2018

11 January, 8pm

The Penny Black 

Join the quiz master for the first quiz of the year this coming Thursday! Bring your family, friends, colleagues, your significant other and enjoy the night of fun, and a pint (or bucket).

Please find updates on this Facebook event by our Quiz Master!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting
       11 February, 1.30 p.m.          The Penny BlackTime for us to review what happened and what we accomplished last year, and find out what’s coming this new season.Why you should attent the AGM….– We will review year 2017, this includes updates of our team resources– We will share what events and races to look forward to this 2018

– You will get to vote for that Gaelic you think deserves to be seated on the committee(Provided, they will be willing to commit to the role, and, a paid Gaelic member of course!).

– You will celebrate the new season with our sponsor pub, The Penny Black, and get a head start to be the next biggest spender for 2018.

The meeting agenda will be emailed to you along with the nomination guidelines and details, and you will be notified in the group chat. Please send Aoife a message if you didn’t receive the email after the notification. 

 Save the dates!  

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

   Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

 

March 10

Sports Hub – SDBA Dragon Boat Century Race

 

April 19-22

Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival

 

May 26-27 / June 2-3

DBS Marina Regatta

 

 

July 7-8

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

 

 

September 29

AustCham 5k and 10k Challenge

 

 

November 3-4

36th Singapore River Regatta

 

 

Fun Races & Upcoming Events

 

February 11 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Gaelics, we need your help!

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

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Your Gaelic Christmas Has Begun!

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 Your Gaelic Christmas Has Begun

Happening this Saturday!

The event will be held at the 2nd level of The Penny Black. Please let us know if you’re going by hitting the “Going” button on the Facebook event. If you’re not on Facebook, kindly send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at committee@gaelicdragons.org. We need a headcount for the food. 

So get ready and prepare to don your best Christmas party outfit, coz Santa might drop by with a prize! See you there!

 

Saturday Regular Training

16 December

This weekend’s training will be moved to an earlier time slot as to give everyone enough time to get ready for the Christmas party. 

10:30am @ the cage. We will be off the boat by 1p.m. And ready to go by 1:30p.m. If you are going, please let us know on this Facebook event page. If you do not have Facebook account, please message Aoife or Richard.     

Christmas Quiz

14 December, 8pm

The Penny Black 

Join the quiz master for his last show of the year this coming Thursday! Bring your family, friends, colleagues, your significant other and enjoy the night of fun, and a pint (or bucket), with our Christmas themed quiz.

Please find updates on this Facebook event by our Quiz Master!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

Christmas Paddle
             23 December 

Time for another Gaelics tradition – the Gaelic Dragons Christmas Paddle! Come and join us for a fun afternoon of paddling and Christmas carols.

Hit on the “Going” here button if you’re coming! 

 Save the dates!  

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

  

Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

   

 

March 10

Sports Hub – SDBA Dragon Boat Century Race

 

May 26-27 / June 2-3

DBS Marina Regatta

 

 

Fun Races & Upcoming Events

  

 

December 16

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Party

 

December 23 

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Paddle

 

February 11 

Gaelic Dragons Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Gaelics, we need your help!

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

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The Naked Gaelic On Tour

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The Naked Gaelic On Tour

What happens on tour – stays on tour.

You might have heard of the mighty craic that some of the Gaelics had the last weekend, on their tour with some of the AustChams and FDS. Or let’s call them, the Auslics. The Auslics is composed of 21 Gaelics, 6 from AustCham, and 2 from FDS.

Well done to Auslics for making it to the semi finals in nearly all categories for both 200-m and 500-m races, and coming together as a team. Not to mention it’s the first time they were all in a boat together.

But there were parts of the tour that we would say, we’d rather leave in Penang. So is “The Naked Gaelic” who has been seen wearing the British Dragons mascot suit. You won’t know who this Gaelic is, unless you come to the Black Friday or the Gaelic Christmas party. Intrigued? Well here is a photo…. Up to you to guess…

And here are some of the snaps taken during the weekend with the Aussies (photos by Richard, Michael and Aoife):

 

Saturday Regular Training

This weekend’s training will be based on sign ups, same time, 2:45pm @ the cage. If you are going, please indicate on this Facebook event page. If you do not have Facebook account, please message Aoife or Richard. 

Some additional info you need to know:

Please email your award nominations to Nuala by Friday, 8th December.

Black Friday: The Post Tour Edition

8 December, from 7:30pm

The Penny Black 

Come on down to catch up with those Gaelics who came back from the annual tour in Penang and find out how awesome a tour can be!

Also, this Friday will serve to kick off the one week countdown to our Christmas party and will be a good time to go over the nominations, not just for the main ones, but for the fun awards too!

Please find updates on this Facebook event

Gaelic Dragons Annual Awards Night & Christmas Party 2017
             16 December

Time to save the date and rummage through your closet to find that nice party dress or tie you’ve been saving the whole year for this event! 

Where else would it be?! The Penny Black starting at 7 p.m.!

Please do not forgot to send in your nominations to Nuala at nominations@gaelicdragons.org by Friday, December 8. There will be 3 main awards up for grabs and the “fun awards” you will have to name when you send in your nominations. Please check the email sent (only to Gaelic Dragons paid members) by Aoife for the details of the nominations. Message Aoife if you have missed the email. The 3 main awards are the following:

– Best Male Paddler

– Best Female Paddler

– Most Improved Award

We are looking forward to receiving your nominations!

Please let us know if you’re going on the hitting the “Going” button on the Facebook event.

 Save the dates!  

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

   December 16 

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Party

December 23 

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Paddle

Gaelics, we need your help!

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

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‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly!

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‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly!

Race season in Singapore is officially over and ’tis the season for the Gaelics to be jolly and celebrate all the achievements we have made this year! And speaking of celebrations, we have a line up of events coming the whole month that you should look forward to. That includes the Gaelic Christmas Paddle and the Annual Awards Night, which is also our Christmas Party.

And every year, we are nominating for the Best Male and Female Paddler, the Most Improved Paddler, and the “Fun Awards”. Do send in your nominations to the Gaelic President at nominations@gaelicdragons.org.

We are all looking forward to receiving your nominations and seeing you at the coming events!

NO TRAINING THIS WEEKEND!

Due to the number of Gaelics coming to Penang this weekend, including coach, we are giving you another weekend of break! 

Do keep an eye on posts for training times for the next few weeks ,especially for the Christmas paddle.

Some additional info you need to know:

 

Again, please email your award nominations to Nuala before the Awards Night/Christmas Party.

Auslics(AustCham + Gaelics) On Tour
December 2-3 

This year, it’s not only the Gaelics who’s going on a tour for the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival this coming December 2 – 3. We will be joined by the Aussies, which we later called the team “Auslics”.

And not only that, we have a recent addition to the team. Some of the Filipino Dragons – Singapore will be coming to join our team.

Since not everyone will be there to support the team on the races, you can show your support by liking our team photo on the Penang Facebook page here. The crew with the most likes will receive a special gift from the organisers. 

Wish those coming to Penang well before they fly tomorrow, if you see them around!

 

Quiz is back!

30 November, from 8pm

The Penny Black 

Aaaand….. our Thursday quiz is back! Join us this Thursday night for a fun trivia and quiz at The Penny Black starting at 8pm. Bring in your team and win the bucket, or a bottle of wine! It will be grand! 

Please find updates on this Facebook event by our Quiz Master!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

Gaelic Dragons Annual Awards Night & Christmas Party 2017
             16 DecemberTime to save the date and rummage through your closet to find that nice party dress or tie you’ve been saving the whole year for this event! Where else would it be?! The Penny Black starting at 7 p.m.!Please do not forgot to send in your nominations to the Gaelic Dragons President at nominations@gaelicdagons.org by Friday, December 8. There will be 3 main awards up for grabs and the “fun awards” you will have to name when you send in your nominations. Please check the email sent (only to Gaelic Dragons paid members) by Aoife for the details of the nominations. Message Aoife if you have missed the email. The 3 main awards are the following:– Best Male Paddler– Best Female Paddler– Most Improved AwardWe are looking forward to receiving your nominations!
 

Gaelic of the Month for November 

Gaelic of the Month is something the captains decided to start this year but we realised we’ve never really explained much about it!

Gaelic of the Month is decided at the end of each month by the captain and vice captains. It’s a nice way for us to acknowledge someone who we think has put in that extra bit of effort at training, volunteered to help with out with something or done something that really shows the Gaelic spirit over the previous month.

We very specifically chose to do Gaelic of the Month (and not paddler of the month), because a lot of what we do happens off the water and we wanted to be able to include that.

If you think a fellow Gaelic deserves to be considered for the accolade in future months you can let the captains know and we’ll keep your suggestions on mind.

With all of that – this month the award goes to…..

 

Andy Pickering

For his encouraging words and for organising all the seniors on the last Singapore River Regatta. Well done Andy!  

Save the dates!

Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

December 2-3

Penang International Dragon Boat Festival

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

December 16 

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Party

December 23 

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Paddle

Gaelics, we need your help!

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

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SRR Race Report, Captain’s Message And Our Featured Writer This Week

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SRR Race Report, Captain’s Message And Our Featured Writer This Week

35th Singapore River Regatta Race Report 

by Jenny O’Brien

Over one night and two full days from 3-5 November, the Gaelic Dragons were out in force at the 35th Singapore River Regatta at Boat Quay. We sent out crews in eight different categories across the three race days. Cheering from our prime position at our wonderful sponsor bar, The Penny Black, Gaelic supporters new and old came down to watch the spectacle and to ensure our crews felt pumped and celebrated as they raced. Our valiant steers managed to navigate the challenging waters to avoid most of the collisions and capsizes that plagued many teams, with us only once receiving an unexpected visit from a wayward AustCham boat.

All in all, we saw some great performances from our crews, showing the progress made over a hard year of training and a new coaching regime, performing as best they could in the currents and swells of this controversial race venue at the mercy of the lane draw. Highlights from the results included our glow stick coated 12-crew Mixed boat claiming third runner up in the Grand Final of Friday’s Night Race (the first in Singapore in 20 years) and our maverick Senior Mixed crew making their debut and sealing their place in the Gaelic line up by making the semifinals after a powerful repechage win. Some traditional esky dipping and some solid Penny Black time concluded the weekend. This marks the end of a successful race season for the Gaelics and we’re keen to see what the next year brings!

Many thanks to our coach and captains for keeping everyone working hard and motivated to bring our best efforts to every race!

For race photos, please visit Alan Lee’s(Right Exposure Photography) Facebook account (you don’t need a Facebook account to view).

Captain’s Message
 

First of all, well done to the team for an amazing Singapore River Regatta! This would not have been as amazing as it was without every single Gaelic who has been part of it whether you were a racer, supporter, or part of the organizing committee. We all did our part and supported the team in every way we can. THANK YOU!

This year has been tough but nevertheless an amazing one. There were lots of ups and downs during our journey but we all stayed together and helped build this team back up again. It was not easy but all the decisions and plans made from training to races may not be agreeable or in favor of everyone but they were put into action with the best interest for the team.

Gaelic Dragons is both a competitive and a social team – This is who we are! No matter how we up our game, we will never lose any side of it. It will be a challenge to balance both sides but we will be the team who wins races and enjoys every moment of the journey with our team – our Gaelic Family! As long as we keep on supporting each other, we will be able to do this!

SRR might be the mark of the end of the season but this is just the beginning for us. The only way from here is up, so let us not let the hard work we have done this year go to waste. Let’s keep the fire burning within ourselves and within the team! TOGETHER we can achieve bigger things for 2018!

PADDLES UP! KICK ARSE! GO GAELICS!

   

 

Misconceptions About Dragon Boating

by Chin “Coach” Waihong 

 

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NO TRAINING THIS WEEK!

 

Yes! After your awesomeness the last weekend, you deserve some break! So there’s no Tuesday bootcamp tonight, Wednesday morning session this week, and no Sunday training. The only day you will be in the boat is on Saturday for our David Beattie Memorial [Newbie + Reunion] Day! 

 

But don’t fret! You might miss our water sessions, but it doesn’t mean you will miss the monthly workout. The November gym program is out! Aoife has sent to the WhatsApp group. If you missed that message or you think you are not on that chat group yet, please let Aoife know so she can add you to the group.

 

Some additional info you need to know:

1. Some parts of Kallang riverside park are closed from today. Please allow a few extra minutes to get to our event this weekend because you might have to take a longer way around.

2. For those coming to Penang, Aoife will be sending some details and updates this week. Anyone who hasn’t sent their flight details yet, please do so.

3. For those regulars who haven’t clicked/tapped on “Going” on the Facebook event page, please do so if you are coming. If you don’t have Facebook, please message or let Mandy Irvine know. This will help us plan the correct amount of food to order.

4. For those regulars who have their own paddles, please bring it this weekend as we might not have enough paddles for the event.

5. Our Black Friday will be sort of shifted to Saturday. After our David Beattie Memorial Day, we will head down to Penny Black after the fun and games at Kallang Beach.

David Beattie Memorial Newbie Day

         11 November, 1 p.m.

We are inviting, all the old and new Gaelic Dragons members to join us on the first ever David Beattie Memorial Day. This will be a day of reminiscing and pure fun as we pay tribute to our founding Father, David Beattie. There will be fun races and exciting games during the day. There will also be some special reading that will happen during the opening.

To the old and active members, reminisce and share to us your Gaelic Dragons stories. If you have old photos, especially with our dear David, please send it to info@gaelicdragons.org and it will be published to our upcoming newsletters and website.

For the newbies, join us and experience what dragon boating is all about. There will be a paddling session and fun races at the end. Learn the dragon boating techniques and develop this new skill.

For all the members, you already know the drill. Remember to wear your Gaelic Dragons jerseys.

For newbies, bring the following:

1. Comfortable sports/workout clothes and be prepared to get wet in them

2. Flip flops

3. Loads of sunscreen 

4. Caps or bandanas if you have

5. Towel and change of clothes

Do bring your family and friends and share the experience! No dragon boating experience required for those first timers.

The cost of the event is $35 and this covers equipment, training, food, water, soft drinks, alcohol and a bus to our sponsor bar The Penny Black in the evening.

If you have not completed the waiver (newbies and oldies), please complete  it here before you arrive to save time on the day. 

Quiz on the 9th is woth a pint!

9 November, from 8pm

The Penny Black 

It’s definitely worth a pint! Join us this Thursday night for a fun trivia and quiz at The Penny Black starting at 8pm. Bring in your team and win the bucket! It will be grand! 

Please find updates on this Facebook event by our Quiz Master!

#itsgrandwithMasterSid

The Penny Black Christmas Party

17 November

We are invited! Our sponsor bar will be having their customer appreciation night and have invited the team. There will be live band from 7pm and they will make space for a dance floor from 10pm. Be there!

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Party 2017
             16 DecemberIt’s that time of the year again! And where else would it be?! Save the date for our year-end party and awards night. Details of the event and the nominations will be out soon. 
Prince of Wales Pizza Eating Competition

18 November

The Prince of Wales is having a pizza eating competition on Saturday, 18th November. They are looking for 8 teams, 3 people in each team. You need to eat a 20-inch pizza between 3 people to win prizes worth $300. Now we only have 1 team joining. If you’re also interested, message Mandy Irvine on Facebook.

There is also no cost to enter the race. Absolutely free!

Save the dates!

Race Dates

We have updated race dates, and do plan ahead.

December 2-3

Penang International Dragon Boat Festival

Fun Races & Upcoming Social Events

November 11 

David Beattie Memorial Newbie Day

December 16 

Gaelic Dragons Christmas Party

Gaelics, we need your help!

For the past newsletter issues, we have been calling the Gaelics to submit stories or articles to be featured and published on our Gaelic Dragons website. We are still encouraging you guys to write for our newsletter and we would be very delighted to receive it.

To submit, please email it to info@gaelicdragons.org.

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