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Boracay team bags 2 medals in Taiwan dragon boat tourney



BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan -- The Boracay All Stars Dragonboat won two medals during the recently concluded 2019 Kaohsiung City Cup Dragon Boat Tournament in Taiwan held from November 8 to 10.

The paddlers gave the Philippines a silver medal for winning the 200-meter mixed small boat category and another bronze medal for the 500-meters mixed small boat category.

Prior to the competition, the group suffered a huge setback after the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources prohibited them from training in Boracay waters.

The training was halted after seven paddlers from another league, the Boracay Dragonforce, died in a freak accident last September 25.

Because of this, the group, with the meager funds available, conducted an imaginary paddling training at the white sand beaches of Boracay.

Some rowing training was also held at the swimming pool of some resorts that allowed them to use the facility.

The group promised to do more in their next international competitions.


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