1. Twist torso to show your back to the shore.
2. Reach forward! The blade should be beside the thigh of the paddler in front of you.
3. Keep inside hand high, at least as high as your forehead.
4. Prepare for “leg drive”, where you securely prop one or both feet against a bench or footrest.
Timing, starts with the “Paddles Up” call. I remember the team being asked to do this repeatedly with our coach scrutinizing each blade level, reach, and lifting arm (inside hand) height. What works for our team is keeping the lifting arm at shoulder level and the rowing arm (outside arm) straight out forming the letter “A” with the boat.
I am very fortunate to have been part of the Manila Dragons. I’ve met wonderful people who taught me about patience, humility, hard work and friendship. Recognition, trophies and medals are a lot sweeter with a whole bunch of people cheering you on.
My wish on our team’s year-end celebration at the end of this month is learning to accept each other’s differences and nurture each other’s strength. I wish we learn to communicate with respect, honesty and love. I hope we do not find joy in another’s suffering. I wish we find calmness despite chaos. I wish for more laughter, good fun and lots of races.
It has been a very long time since I updated this blog. My schedule for paddling also struggled the moment I landed a position in one of the Philippines’ popular broadsheet that I HAD to resign and find a position that lets me do things I do care about.
I’m starting at my new work tomorrow. But not before I had a wee bit of fun with my team this summer at Pagsanjan and just this weekend at Boracay.
The Philippines has 7,107 islands. Most areas are equidistant to some sort of body of water. More so during monsoon season.
The sheer number of beaches, rivers, waterfalls here should be able to sustain and promote watersports in the country. Yet, there are more basketball courts than wakeboards, surfboards and paddles combined.
In my opinion, Swimming should be our national sport.