PILI, Camarines Sur— Camarines Sur residents have something new to brag about and be proud again particularly in sports, as its own CamSur Dragon Boat team unleashed might and displayed unmatched paddling prowess to capture the top slots in five categories in the recently concluded Cobra Dragon Boat Regatta 2010 held at Manila Bay, Roxas Boulevard, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010.
Official results of the 2nd leg placed CamSur team on top position in the Mixed 300M category followed by Fleet Marine and PDRT Fireblades. The team also captured the championship in the Women’s 300M category with Triton Dragon Boat Team and De La Salle University Team on the 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Similarly, the team of Bicolano paddlers reigned supreme over its rivals De La Salle and Fleet Marine in the Men’s 300M category which placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Displaying equally brilliant performance, the team continued to dominate the race in the 3rd leg, capturing the topmost positions in the Women’s 300M and Mixed 300M categories and should have continued its winning streak even in the Men’s 300M category were it not for the accidental fall of two of its paddlers into the Manila Bay waters due to the wooden saddle breaking up in the heat of the competition. CamSur Mens team landed in 2nd place.
Gov. LRay Villafuerte expressed delight over the team’s series of triumphs not only locally but also in international competitions and assured the latter of continuing support for the group. It would be recalled that the governor was responsible for the inception and eventual formation of the paddling team and continues to provide morale and financial support for the latter.
Meanwhile, Gov. Villafuerte approved the recruitment of additional paddlers to join those competing in the mixed category to enable those joining the men and women categories to concentrate in just one category and show an even better performance.
The team is slated to see action during the 1st CamSur International Dragon Boat Fest 2010 happening on Oct. 15 to 17 at Lago del Rey. – FERNANDEZ