21 Jul 2017
Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung (in blue shirt) with the SIM women’s dragon boat team who
made history after winning the PM Challenge Trophy fourth year in a row.
The SIM dragon boat team, SIM Dragons, beat their counterparts from the Autonomous Universities to win big at this year’s Singapore Dragon Boat Festival.
The dragon boaters did SIM proud by winning both the men’s and women’s races in the Prime Minister’s Cup. The victory marked a record fourth consecutive year for the women’s team. The men’s team came back stronger and faster from their loss last year, shaving off seven seconds from their race timing to emerge victorious.
The annual festival, held over the weekend of 15-16 July at the Marina Channel at Gardens by the Bay East, is organised by the Singapore Dragon Boat Association and the People’s Association Water-Venture. The PM Cup was introduced in 1999 by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and has been the highlight of the two-day festival ever since.
The PM Cup pits the four universities – Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and SIM – against one another in an exciting 1,000-metre race. A premier race steeped in years of heritage and marked by fierce rivalry among the tertiary institutions, it is likened to the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
The SIM men’s dragon boat team with Mr Ong Ye Kung and their newly regained Prime Minister Challenge Trophy.
The dragon’s double victory capped off a series of wins this year including at the Singapore River Regatta and the DBS Marina Regatta.