Filipino paddlers bagged multiple awards at the 2024 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

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Philippine Dragon Boat Federation stands out among 170 teams at a recent international competition

The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) Elite Team once again made waves at the international stage, bringing home multiple awards at the 2024 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race.

Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Hong Kong, China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA) , this year’s event drew over 4,000 athletes from 170 teams across 12 countries, including the Philippines. Last June 17, the East Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront came alive with fierce competition as PDBF went head-to-head with other racing powerhouses from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and many others.

The Philippine team successfully gained a podium finish, taking home a gold medal in the International Open competition, alongside two bronze medals in both the International Women’s Championship and the International Women’s Grand Championship. Reflecting on this achievement, PDBF’s Team Manager, Marcia Cristobal, shared insights into their preparation. “We had less than a month to prepare, with a diverse team where the majority are from the Navy. Despite conflicting schedules, we made sure to train six times a week, dedicating one to two hours to both land and boat training.” Cristobal also expressed gratitude for the warm hospitality in Hong Kong, sharing that everyone they met has been incredibly friendly.

The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races is just one of the exciting events Hong Kong has prepared for visitors to experience this summer season. To enhance the festivities, HKTB staged a drone show on the Wan Chai harbourfront, providing tourists with a lively festival atmosphere.

For more information on the exciting events offered by Asia’s World City, visit discoverhongkong.com/eng/what-s-new/events.

Appendix 

2024 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races Results 

RacesResult 
Women’s Championship1st: 箭蜚龍2nd: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club3rd: Renegades
International Women’s Championship1st: Jiujiang Double Steam Women’s Dragon Boat Team2nd: Singapore National Dragon Boat3rd: PHILIPPINE DRAGON BOAT FEDERATION (PDBF)
Mixed Championship1st: Universal Candle United Fishery Dragon Boat Team2nd: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club3rd: 飛達北海龍
International Open Championship1st: 中國順德樂從羅浮宫龍舟隊2nd: Dragon Boat Thailand3rd: Singapore National Dragon Boat
PRC 75th Anniversary Celebration Trophy – China Tourism Group International Women’s Grand Championship1st: 九江雙蒸女子龍舟隊 (Int. Women)2nd: Singapore National Dragon Boat (Int. Women)3rd: PHILIPPINE DRAGON BOAT FEDERATION (PDBF) (Int. Women)
International Women’s Silver Cup 1st: Bon Du Fond (Women)2nd: Lady Buzz (Women)3rd: Gladiators Abu Dhabi (Int. Women)
International Mixed Silver Cup1st: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Dragon Boat Team 2nd: Hooksports (Int Mixed)3rd: Seagods Red (Mixed)
International Open Grand Championship (Silver Cup)1st: PHILIPPINE DRAGON BOAT FEDERATION (PDBF) (Int Open)2nd: 顯利工程同慶龍3rd: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

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