Evelyn Khoo, dragon boater
02 August 2013
Tell us a little bit more about your job and the sports that you are passionate about.
I am a Speech and Language Therapist in a restructured hospital. I work mainly with adult patients who have swallowing and communication difficulties. The sport that I have been actively involved in in the last 9 years is dragon boating. My team is PLK Paddlers – we represent the Paya Lebar Kovan CC in local and regional competitions. We are a mixed team with members from all walks of life with ages ranging from 15 to 50. I am proud to be part of an open-minded team where everyone trains hard and works together for a common cause.
So we understand that you are the co-captain of a dragonboat team comprising of both male and female team members. How tough is it being a leader in a mixed team, and in a male-dominated sport?
I have never thought about this issue along gender lines because at the end of the day, we are all dragon boaters. I think the challenges I face as a leader in a mixed dragon boat team is no different from those who are helming a men/women-only team – recruitment, coordinating practices, team-building etc.
How do you prepare your team for races and what is the key to a good team?
We train all year round except for a month-long break (usually in December). I think a good team is one in which members can work together towards a common goal despite personal differences. Specific to dragon boating, I think a stellar team is one that allows individual member to push beyond his/her limits while achieving competitive milestones together.
In your opinion, what is considered a good race, and a bad race?
From my years of paddling, I have come to a realisation that one can have a good race even when you don’t win a medal. Likewise, it can be a case whereby you win a medal but still feel that you had a lousy race. In my opinion, a bad race is when the members are ill-prepared i.e. did not train for it adequately.
Is strength crucial for women to join a dragon boat team?
A positive, never-say-die attitude is the only essential quality for anyone to take up the sport.
Why do you think women should join this sport and what can they expect from this?
Yes, women who love the outdoors and team sports should definitely try their hand at paddling! I think they can expect to push their physical and mental boundaries in the course of learning a new sport. They can also expect to make many life-long friends in the process of going through thick and thin with their teammates.
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