The Catholic High Dragon’s Maiden Competitive Outing

The Competing Dragons and supporters

The Catholic High Dragon’s first taste of a competitive race ace was the Sports Hub-SDBA Century Dragon Boat Race. Held on 10 March at the Water Sports Centre, the team of 13 brave men took to the waters against teams from various organisations, such as CCs, Banks, tertiary institutions and expatriate clubs.

The months of anticipation, the coach’s pointers and gruelling land and wet training sessions culminated in day’s races. Though the Catholic High Dragons were all secretly expecting miracles, main mission was to set out to cross the finish line. And the team did it! And with a bit of adventure too!

Principal Soh who proudly wore the Official Catholic High Dragon uniform personally cheered the team on before the team and encouraged the team to do their very best for both races. She was as excited as the boys who were stepping foot into a race boat for the very first time.   

Now that the team has tasted the adrenaline rush of being in a competitive race, the target is to do even better in the next race. Coach Wai Hong has assured the team that the training intensity will only get higher, training will be tougher, so that the team we will be equipped to give our competitors a tougher race at the DBS Marina Regatta 2018 in June.


Our first dragonboat race - one down, hopefully more to come! Not everything went as hoped. Our inexperience showed, timing and coordination had much room for improvement. But we now know what it takes, and as a team, how to progress together. Knowing the way forward is the key. Let’s press on!

- Daniel Wang

Tck Mia

Nerve wrecking first race!

Did not realise the race boat is so unstable. Everybody had a hard time adjusting to it. Good to experience it now than finding out later in July.

We know where we stand now and need to improve towards the July race! 加油!

- Lim Teck Mia


The race itself was pretty exhilarating even though the result was rather disappointing. But I believe that this is a good start for the team because I felt this short distance race has ignited the desire in the team to want to work harder for the next big one. NON DESISTAS NON EXIERIS !

- David Wong

Edwin chinese text

三個月的集訓,公教龍舟隊終於等到3月10號的比賽。對於大多數沒參加過比賽的隊友是一次寶貴的經驗。當天的兩場比賽反應了隊友的體力,划船速度及不協調還有很多進步的空間。比賽重要的是參予的過程,及增加隊員間的凝聚力。再次感謝蘇校長,會長,Wilson ,隊友家人的到場加油打氣。更要感激教練及健平不停努力協助達成所有的集訓和比賽。

- 国栋 (Edwin)


I had a mixed emotion about the race but mostly a happy, encouraging and adrenaline filled one. It was a good and heartening feeling that a group of us that have not seen or known each other 3 months ago was able to work as a team with a common objective to stay afloat and finish our very first race together as one united, Catholic High Dragons. At the same time, there was a realisation that despite not being able to put on our best competitive show yet, there is much that we can do together as a team to achieve even more not just for future races but that we can build better bonds and cohesion to propel our aspiration further, that is to do and achieve our best for CHA Dragons. It was a good and much needed experience to notch our first race under our belts and to build on what we have acquired over the very short 3 months, reflect and to come out stronger with a clear determination not just to carry the flag of Catholic High Dragons proudly but also to gel as a team to push ourselves even further to achieve a better competitive edge in all our future races. After the race, I have the believe and confidence in our team and my brothers that we can only get better with every race to come.

- Ronald Varghese


I was exposed to high intensity sports early in school days but being a swimmer, the sports was individualistic and demands on self discipline was key. Even in my early corporate days, individual performance was key in the corporate ladder climb.

The rude awakening was when you are exposed to responsibilities and a team to manage and that’s where managing a team and getting the team to work in unison was critical in your success.

Although years had gone by and we are managing larger teams and taking on more responsibilities across geographies, I often yearn to experience being in team sports. As much as I had been preaching about corporate team work, I had actually never experienced being part of any team sports before. Reason also partly due to 27 years of non-involvement in any form of exercise, I am often shy of participating in them. Usually adopting to be a sponsor while the team trains and fight for us.

When an offer to join dragon boating was moated through WhatsApp, the first thoughts of supporting the alumni came to mind and the opportunity to finally being able to participate in a team sports attracted me and I volunteered without hesitation.

I can remember the first session of water training participation, I was very eager before the training but after the session, I was questioning myself if I had gone overboard with “trying to be healthy versus killing myself” feeling. I persevered and decided to push on because we are by nature competitive and what was instilled “never give up” nature was there. After following the recommended 2 times a week gym training and multiple water training session, I am glad to be with this bunch of new alumni friends. We are building our sense of comradeship amongst the brothers and enjoy being in training with each other. I am glad that there is team working spirit going on within the dragon boat team. We welcome new joiners and are always very accommodating with each other because we have to row as a team to win and at the same time re-live our sense of school days happiness...

The century race was our team’s first exposure to competitive dragon boating and pre race anxiety had me waking up in the middle of the night. Jokingly, my wife was jealously complaining that I was never that excited when she was expecting all our 4 children.

Even though we were last in all our races, we are happy that through this race experience, we realise our faults and the need to improve our team coordination. No one can fault us as a young 3 months old team. We raced a good race and got our battle badge to boost. We look forward to many more training sessions. Even our wives are complimenting on our physique and it’s certainly a great boost to our self esteem.

Do come and join the call for brotherhood and feel the camaraderie amongst us and you will not be disappointed.

- Andrew Chng

all geared up

Forming Up 2

Observing the proceedings

Fellowship after the race2


And the Dragon-Men test the water

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23 December 2017 will be the baptism by water for the CHA Dragon Men. This is the day we have worked so hard for. From the moment we signed up to making the commitment to do our absolute best, attending gym sessions and sweating buckets, discovering long-lost muscle groups....  today, we finally tasted first hand the sensation of being in the boat.

Reporting at the OCBC Arena at 7am, a roll-call was conducted where afterwhich, the troop of 16 brave young boys trekked to the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SBDA) grounds at the Kallang River. 

Despite it being that early in the morning, being up close to the water woke us all up, especially seeing other seasoned rowers forming up in their boats. We are fully pumped and raring to go. 

After a warm up session led by our PTI Adrian, we were introduced to our coach. He carefully spelt out the dos and don'ts when in the water and gave us tips on how to sit and how to hold the paddle. After all the formalities were completed, we were soon divided into 2 groups -- the Left and Right groups -- and after sizing ourselves up like a sine curve, we were all formed up. 

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We were soon donned in our gear -- Life Vests on and Paddle in our arms. 

Before we could say our ritualistic phrases, we were seated on the training boat, in the water. Boys becoming men! Men aspiring to be dragons.

Spending one hour rowing up and down the river was indeed an exhiliarting feeling. Under the watchful eyes of our coach, he made sure we reached the shores without any embarassing incidents. In fact we even "raced" another boat and won both times. These are the thoughts of some of the Dragons: 


"第一次下水訓練只是個開始,我今天起來,胸肌酸痛,從來沒有試過是正常,而且只是短距離。以後還要繼續改進正當的划船方法,不然是浪費精力。以後加長距離要夠氣夠力才不會行動不一。希望教練不要給太大壓力。" 陈国栋 


"Brings nostalgia since my younger days doing Dragon boating. Didn't even realise the mistake on my strokes. Good fun to see everyone enjoying "suffering" together. Still a long period of "suffering" together to see greater results. Thank God the boat moved.... Haha." Perry Sim Shang Yong


"Our first wet session was both an eye opener as well as a dream come true for many of us! It would have been our first time in a dragon boat. “ Paddles Up, 20 counts, begin!” and the paddles entered the water thrusting our boat forward. Slowly but surely, momentum and speed picked up. At the end of it, blisters and sore muscles were our trophies!" Adrian Seah


"Never thought I would be asked to do pumping again since I left the army; but today’s short burst exercises, which included push ups, were quite refreshing. Glad we did it, otherwise, I would have suffered more muscle aches after the water training. It was well organised and executed. Easy going for a start! Thanks guys!" Nicholas Lim


"Siong for someone like me who stop exercise for years but fun to see many of the same kind in the team. Let’s sweat and get wet together! Huat ah!" Thomas Lim


"公教龙舟 is a significant formation comprising the Alumni, Dads@CHS and the Gentlemen. Its a journey where we challenge ourselves, demonstrate determination and teamwork. We want to show the young gentlemen that Goals can be achieved when you put in enough effort." Raymond Chua

See the joy of these Dragon Men first hand in the following photos. 

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Folks, you are welcomed to join in the fun by cheering them on at the next Wet Session which will held on 13 January 2018 at the Kallang River. So see you at the SBDA Grounds at Kallang at 8am! And those who are still deliberating, wait no more. Registration is still open and we encourage all men, young and not so young, to come join in the fun and be a CH Dragon Man!

And the training begins

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The CHA Dragon-Men will undergo a series of training to build up their endurance and confidence. 10 sessions of gym training will be held every Thursday at the Fitness Workx Gym at the HomeTeamNS clubhouse gym. Each weekly 1-hour session will develop the muscles needed for the 500m dash across the water. 

The exercises were specially curated by coaches and will target specific muscle groups like upper body strength, biceps and other muscle groups that have been neglected over the years or even decades. Though training sessions will be conducted twice a week, our Dragon Men have been exercising and conducting their own individual sessions at their own time, own target.

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The Dragon men are all anxious and pumped for the wet sessions that will commence on 23 December 2017 at the Singapore Dragon Boat Association grounds at the Kallang Riverfront. 

And the objective is now set

The CHS Dragon Boat team has been formally registered with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association. Having paid the membership dues of $430 p.a., we have achieved official dragon boat status. This also allows to participate in the various sanctioned races in Singapore.

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Our ultimate goal will be the 2018 Singapore Dragon Boat Festival (SDBF). This is widely considered to be the premiere event in the racing calendar. It will be a gruelling 500 m course with more than 80 local and overseas teams competing in various categories.

To give the Catholic High Dragon Boat team more exposure and practice, Coach Wai Hong encouraged us to also race in the DBS Marina Regatta. This is an event that the team is now seriously considering. . 

With these 2 upcoming races, the Dragon Boaters will be stepping up their training regime -- weekly gym sessions will be increased to twice weekly and wet sessions scheduled to commence om 13 December. 

Leading our weekly Gym training is our dedicated Mr Adrian Gerard Seah. Adrain is a pilot by profession is a self confessed health nut. This puts him in the best position to guide the other members along. Some of us have not stepped into the gym since our younger days. Adrain's commitment is indeed an inspiration to one and all and his pointers have indeed groomed the unused muscles a good work out at each session. A big salute to Adrain.

Our Exco-in-charge of the Dragon Men, Mr Loo Kian Peng, declared that "this momentous event will be a significant milestone for CHA. Since this is the CHS Dragon Boat's inaugural race, we remain humble and have set ourselves a modest target. Aiming for the podium shall be reserved for the futue years, but for now, it is to get our feet wet and get a taste of compeitive dragon boat racing. To see the school community coming closer as 1 united Green Blooded group is satification enough. I am sure every CHS son will grow up to be even prouder to be a CHS old boy, to see their elders competing at a National Platform. Perhaps we may inspire a new generation of Dragon Boaters!"



And the coach has been appointed

coach Chin Wai Hong

Our Dragon Team will be coached by Chin Wai Hong.  He has 8 years of experience in coaching Dragon Boat Teams.  He is currently an International Dragon Boat Race Official and is participating in various international races in the region. We are honoured to have Coach Wai Hong as the Catholic High Dragons team. He will prepare and push the Catholic High Dragons to be ready for the 2018 Singapore Dragon Boat Festival race.

coach resume


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