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SIM Alumni paddles their way to victory in Singapore River Regatta

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General view of the crowd catching the action at the Singapore River Regatta. Photo: Sport Singapore

The Singapore Institute of Management Alumni defended their title in the National Open category of the Singapore River Regatta on Sunday, narrowly beating out Innotrek Team Marlin and Home Team Sports & Recreation Association.

Held over two days at the scenic Singapore River, the 33rd iteration of the Singapore River Regatta is one of Singapore’s longest running water sports event, and it saw a total of 330 dragon boat crews competing in 23 categories. 

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Participants in action during the Singapore River Regatta. Photo: Sport Singapore

In the Public Service Mixed category, defending champions Home Team once again took the top spot with the Ministry of Education and Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association (SAFSA) finishing a close second and third respectively.

The Sport Singapore team (below), which also participated in the Public Service Mixed category, did not go home with a prize, but team member Gavin Tan said their overall performance was good given the lack of training. 

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“We had one introduction row in August so that is the only chance we had. But unfortunately because of the haze we could not train at all in the past two months,” said the six year veteran. 

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The Sport Singapore team in action during their race at the Singapore River Regatta. Photo: Sport Singapore

“Any race for Sport Singapore, we just go in and enjoy the race. But it was quite surprising that we are not the last, and we are almost on par with the second and first place in the heats.”

“I think today we did really well. There were four of the more veteran ones in the team and the strategy of putting the veterans in front to lead those people who are new was good,” said Michelle Verma, who was also part of the Sport Singapore team.

“The team played along well, and got really adaptable the moment we actually picked up the pace. We were just one second behind the first considering that we came in third.”

Tan said such events help company bonding and it has allowed him to meet colleagues he would not have met otherwise.

“Through this dragon boat team, I have met other colleagues I have never met before. Because some of them are in sports centres which are spread out through 20 plus sports centres,” said the six year veteran.

“It is quite difficult to meet them and quite difficult to gather together and participate in sports together.”

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