THE Philippines bagged two bronze medals in the 1st World Ice Dragon Boat Championship in Duolon, Inner Mongolia, China.
Filipino paddlers placed third in the 200-meter and 100-meter 10-seater mixed events, despite not being able to train on ice.
The members of the team are Glaiza Liwag, Chiva Angela Abanilla, Raquel Almencion, Apple Jane Abitona, Jonathan Ruz, Jericho Noay, John James Pelagio, Lee Robin Santos, John Paul Selencio, and Mark Jhon Frias.
Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragon Boat Federation president Jonne Go served as the drummer for the squad.
Ice dragon boat is held on frozen lakes, with paddles that look like skis.
National team coach Lenlen Escollante said the team simulated the icy conditions on the waterlily-infested part of their training facility at Manggahan Floodway in Taytay City.
“Ang naisip ko pag-sagwan sila sa ibabaw ng waterlily kasi para pag tinulak nila ’yung waterlily, mabigat. So at least, sabay sabay sila na tinutulak ’yung water lily. Nakita ko na medyo effective kaya every other day, pinagsasagwan ko sila sa water lily,” said Escollate in an interview during the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee Media Group forum on Tuesday.
“At first, ’yung 50 minutes, hindi sila umaabot ng 30 meters hanggang sa natutulak na nila ‘yung waterlily. Malakas loob nila kasi since November pa kami naghahard training,” said Escollante.
Twenty-five countries competed in the world ice dragon boat competition.