13 Jul 2018
The SIM Dragons and coaching staff exhilarated over their victory in the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival.
A thrilling, neck-and-neck race ended in a well-deserved victory for the SIM men’s dragon boat team, nicknamed the SIM Dragons, as they defended the Prime Minister’s Cup at this year’s Singapore Dragon Boat Festival.
Fierce rival Nanyang Technological University (NTU) led for most of the race until the SIM Dragons pulled ahead with 500m to go. A strong finish by the Dragons saw them win by about a third of a boat length.
Held over the weekend of July 8-9 at the Bedok Reservoir, the festival is organised by the Singapore Dragon Boat Association, Civil Service Club and the People’s Association Water-Venture. The Cup was introduced in 1999 by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and has been the highlight of the festival ever since.
The Cup pits five local universities – NTU, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Singapore Institute of Technology and SIM against one another. The event is billed as the closest thing that Singapore has to the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities in the United Kingdom.
The victory follows the Dragon’s 1st place in the Premier Mixed category at the DBS Marina Regatta last month.
Yeo Qi Xun, Captain of the SIM Dragons (second from left) being congratulated by a fellow rower from NUS.
The SIM Dragons (Boat #4) en route to victory.