What is Dragon Boating?

This sport originated over 2250 years ago in ancient China, in honour of a much loved minister and poet, Qu Yuan. [read more]  His struggle to uphold honour and to counteract corruption was ratified in 1953 at the Congress for World Peace.  The camaraderie, the team spirit, the sense of community and the determination to reach a goal, found in this sport, strongly embody the principles and beliefs of Qu Yaun.
To row in a dragon boat means to sit in close proximity with 17-20 other paddlers in a long, narrow canoe and to work together tactfully yet energetically. The drummer in the bow sets the rhythm, while the sweep in the back maintains the course.
Dragon boating is easily accessible to beginners, and helps to develop awareness, strength and determination.
Beautiful boats and energetic bouts of team-work make dragon boat regattas a wonderful sport to watch.

How to join the DSK Tsunami Dragons
Coach and Management Crew – contact



History

It all started with the Cape Town International Dragon Boat Festival in November 2002. As in previous years we entered as one of the 58 corporate teams. This time was different, however. From the outset it became clear that our “fun team” would end at the top that year as all our competitors were being demolished. That weekend we won all our races and the Team Spirit Cup to boot. With fantastic times which lay in the range of the professional teams, we impressed the South African Dragon Boat Association to such an extent that we were nominated to participate as the South African junior national team in the world championships in Poland in 2003. The Dragon Boat Team of the German International School in Cape Town was born and we only had a few months to prepare for our first true test: the world championships!

With training, technique and especially a strong team spirit we soon succeeded in putting out the best junior team in South Africa and even beat adult teams. At the world championships – what an experience: a person who has had the honour of carrying the national flag into an arena, will never forget it – we had to participate in an international competition including the traditionally strong Asian nations. Nevertheless we achieved an outstanding fourth place. In the qualifying rounds we had set the fastest time for juniors.

This was the first time ever that an African junior team participated in a Dragon Boat World Championship. In the whole of South Africa there was no other junior dragon boating team. The DSK has started something which, inspired by our success, has “infected” others. At present there are four active junior teams in Cape Town alone, with countless other schools regularly paddling as well. In Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal the situation is similar. The DSK gave the sport the necessary  push and ensured its future in South Africa and Africa.

The future belongs to our students (aged 14 to 18). We train hard, are passionate about this matter and we are a real community. Our medal haul proves that we are the most successful junior team in the country.

 

Team & Training

Dragon boating is one of the few sports where girls and boys participate in the same team. Students of differing age groups also participate together. Big, strong students as well as smaller light weight students are needed, for strength and speed. All students from grade 7/8 upwards are welcome.  At present, our team consists of 19 members (we would like to increase this to 25-30).
There should be no panic if you are unfit: if you do dragon boating you will become fit.

We have two training sessions a week at the Waterfront (among seals and sailing boats)
Mondays and Wednesdays 16h15 – 18h15

There is a school bus, that lifts one-way, at 15h55, from the school gate to the Waterfront.

The Western Cape Dragon Boat Association holds monthly regattas at the Waterfront and at Canal Walk, where all Western Cape clubs are invited to participate.

If you would like to join, please contact our coach Aurelien Brandt, “Oreo” oreobrandt@gmail.com
The team captains are Philip Hambrock and Alexandra Winkler.
For more info click on How to join the DSK Tsunami Dragons.

If you still have questions and would like to chat to a dragon boating parent please contact Deborah on 076 112 6289. 

Coach

Aurelien ‘Oreo’ Brandt

0733231871

oreobrandt@gmail.com

Team Captain

Philip Hambrock & Alexandra Winkler

Co-ordinator

Nicole Nel

0630139755

nicolenel@dsk.co.za

Team Communications

Manda Woermann

0729959074

mandawoermann@gmail.com

Media

Philip Hambrock

 

 

Liaison - Dragon Boat Assoc.

Dieter Polzin

 

dieter@argobyte.co.za

Maintenance Manager

Kay Oldenburg

0832602918

kay@voyageyachts.co.za

Refreshment co-ordinator

Deborah Poynton

0761126289

deborahpoynton.com



Dragon Boat achievements at DSK

It all started with the Cape Town International Dragon Boat Festival in November 2002. As in previous years we entered as one of the 58 corporate teams. This time was different, however. From the outset it became clear that our “fun team” would end at the top that year as all our competitors were being demolished. That weekend we won all our races and the Team Spirit Cup to boot. With fantastic times which lay in the range of the professional teams, we impressed the South African Dragon Boat Association to such an extent that we were nominated to participate as the South African junior national team in the world championships in Poland in 2003. The Dragon Boat Team of the German International School in Cape Town was born and we only had a few months to prepare for our first true test: the world championships!
With training, technique and especially a strong team spirit we soon succeeded in putting out the best junior team in South Africa and even beat adult teams. At the world championships – what an experience: a person who has had the honour of carrying the national flag into an arena, will never forget it – we had to participate in an international competition including the traditionally strong Asian nations. Nevertheless we achieved an outstanding fourth place. In the qualifying rounds we had set the fastest time for juniors.
This was the first time ever that an African junior team participated in a Dragon Boat World Championship. In the whole of South Africa there was no other junior dragon boating team. The DSK has started something which, inspired by our success, has “infected” others. At present there are four active junior teams in Cape Town alone, with countless other schools regularly paddling as well. In Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal the situation is similar. The DSK gave the sport the necessary push and ensured its future in South Africa and Africa.
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Weltverband deutscher Auslandsschulen Partnerschulen Weltweit
Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt
28 Bay View Avenue • Tamboerskloof
8001 • Cape Town • South Africa
Tel: +27(0)21 480 3830 • Fax: +27(0)21 480 3863, info@dsk.co.za