AFTER a four-gold haul in Taiwan, the Philippine dragon boat team is eyeing more medals and records from upcoming international competitions, particularly in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation president Jonne Go shared this goal in the PSA Forum held at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City on Tuesday.
"We want to have five to six medals in dragon boat at sigurado na po doon yung 200m and 500m for men's and women's category," said Go.
Go said that the 2018 Asian Games is a good opportunity for the Philippine dragon boat paddlers to showcase their skills, especially since dragon boat is not a watersport regularly included in the regional multi-sport event.
"Dragon boat is not usually played in Asian Games so napakapalad po natin na mapapasali siya sa Asian Games since Indonesia is the host country and they're also into dragon boat," she said.
Besides the strategy of the coaching staff, Philippine dragon boat team member Daniel Ortega credited their team's chemistry as one of their strengths to win again in their next competitions.
"Bawat training kasi may bonding kami. Kilala na talaga namin yung isa't isa, 'yung lakas ng isa't isa, tapos 'yung kinakain namin pare-pareho," said Ortega.
The PCKF president also said that the Philippine dragon boat team is preparing to join the first ever Southeast Asia Dragon Boat Championship that might be hosted by Thailand this year, if the competition will push through.
"Matagal na din kasi silang magkakasama. Three years na. Pero meron pa [na mailalabas]. Naniniwala kami na kapag nagsama-sama pa sila, sabi nga nung isang teammate nila, 'hindi mahirap manalo'", said Go.