Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation

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Posted by Alicia Rostant on February 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (1)

The Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation along with seventy two other Federations around the world are preparing for the 11th IDBF World National Championships to be held in Hungary July 2013.

Our athletes are hard at work in preparation, but here are some items that you may not be aware of regarding the championships.  


  • The mascot is a dragon called Simi. 
  • The slogan is "C'mon lets Dragon"
  • You can follow the latest news on the 11th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, Hungary 2013 on their  facebook fan page
  • As of the 16th Feb there is only 157 days to competition
  • Szeged means "the city of sunshine" but don't let that fool you it will be cold brrrr!!!!
  • You can check out Dragon boating action  on the same race course as the coming Worlds on
And what about Hungary????  

Here are some foods that you can try while there:

Borleves - this is a wine soup
Halaszle - red fish soup spiced with hot paprika
Turos csusza - small dumplings called galuska baked with quark cheese called turo served savory with bacon or  sweet
Pogacsa - round puffed pastry with bacon

You've got to wash down that food with some liquids so why not try these.

Unicum - Unicum is regarded as one of the national drinks of Hungary. The three different varieties (Unicum, Unicum Next, and Millenicum). Though Millenicum was a special edition, it can still be found at a few retailers. It is somewhat stronger than the original, with a slightly sweeter aftertaste. Zwack Frissitők is a pineapple-based version of the drink.  Unicum Next (a thinner-bodied drink with a more prominent citrus flavour), re-branded as "Zwack".

Palinka - Meaning "to burn"

This traditional, double-distilled fruit brandy is made from various kinds of fruits, including: plums, pears, apricots, apples, cherries, mulberries or quinces. The drink can also be made from honey or pomace, but the fruit varieties are certainly the most popular in Hungary

Pálinka is not served as a shot, but as a drink that is sipped and enjoyed over time. It is best at 18-20 °C because this is the temperature at which the liquor smells and tastes its best. The form of the glass used to drink pálinka is very important and the ideal shaped glass is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top. This is because the narrow neck and wider bottom allows the smell to be magnified.


Pálinka is consumed at all hours of the day, but is particularly popular as an after work or after dinner drink. Just as the Americans would enjoy a cocktail, the Czech a beer and the French a glass of wine, Hungarians enjoy a cold glass of pálinka at the end of a hard day. And, as the liquor is flavored with different fruits, it is not often combined with a mixer but drank straight up.

Well at least you can try these after competition.  Stay tuned for more interesting information coming soon.



Pageantry at Pigeon Point

Posted by Alicia Rostant on June 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Organized by the Tobago House of Assembly in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation, the Pigeon Point Dragon Boat Festival fully dominated the Heritage Park with spectators, supporters and 25 competing teams for a full two day event. The first of its kind in the region. In attendance were the Chinese Ambassador His Excellency Yang Yao Ming,the Honorable Mr. Orville London, the Secretary of the Division of Tourism and Transportation in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Oswald Williams, Franco Siu Chong - Commissioner of the International Dragon Boat Federation and the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation Mr. Keith Dalip. Braving the challenging elements on the first day of racing, participants competed in All Male, All Female and Mixed categories, there was also a Junior division with competing schools from Trinidad. The second day of competition featured the Junior Finals, the Senior Mixed races and Prize giving ceremony. The event ended with an after competition beach party and the final results as follows. Junior Male Team Final: 1st Place- South East POS, 2nd Place - El Dorado West. Junior Females Team Final: 1st Place -Bishop’s A, 2nd Place- El Dorado Tsunami 3rd Place- St. Francois Girls School Orcas. Junior Mixed Team Final: 1st Place- South East POS, 2nd Place- El Dorado.Tsunami Seniors Male Team Final A: 1st Place- Tribe Aqua-Holics, 2nd Place- Titans, 3rd Place- InvesTT Oarstruck Senior Male Team Final B: 1st Place- Vikings, 2nd Place- PFBC Shock Wave, 3rd Place- Fire Service Jet Reaction. Senior Female Team Final A: 1st Place- Tribe Aqua- Holics, 2nd Place- Vikings, 3rd Place- Angel & Saints. Senior Female Team Final B: 1st Place- InvesTT Oarstruck, 2nd Place- Titans, 3rd Place- PFBC Shock Wave Senior Mixed C Finals: 1st Place- Tribe Aqua-Holics D, 2nd Place- The CDA Caciques, 3rd Place- Port Piranhas (Tobago). Senior Mixed B Finals: 1st Place- Excellent Stores Titans, 2nd Place- PFBC Shockwave , 3rd Place- Vikings. Senior Mixed A Final: 1st Place- Tribe Aqua-Holics H, 2nd Place- InvesTT Oarstruck, 3rd Place- Excellent Stores Titans Prometheus. Tobago A: 1st Place- Aerodragons, 2nd Place- Port Piranhas (Tobago), 3rd Place- YMCA Dashers. Tobago B: 1st Place- DEYAS Warriors (Education), 2nd Place- Sabours, 3rd Place- Tourism DoTT Conquerers

A Dream Come True

Posted by Alicia Rostant on May 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

How would you feel if you were given the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in London this year? Well, 18 year old Shaquille Roberts knows exactly what it feels like! Due to his involvement in London 2012's International sports legacy program, International Inspiration, Roberts has been granted this opportunity. He is among a group of 20 young people involved in International Inspiration who will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Nottingham int he UK on 28th June. In an interview with gieMagazine, Roberts indicated that he is a bit nervous, but he is not going to allow that feeling to overcome him. "Being part of the Olympic Games has always been my Dream" said the Toco Secondary School Student. The long distance runner also has high hopes of representing Trinidad and Tobago in the Olympic Games in 2016. Shaquille Roberts is not your average sportsman. While many think that sportsmen exhibit that usual egotistical air, Roberts does not live up to that superficial stereotype. Instead, he spends his time mentoring younger students under the International Inspiration programme. The programme is bringing to life the promise made by the London 2012 bid team where they pledged to reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport. The programme is delivered around the world by a unique partnership of organizations including the British Council, UNICEF UK and the UK Sport Foundation. The vision of International Inspiration is to use the power of sport to enrich the lives of young people of all abilities in schools and communities across the world, especially in developing countries. Why does Roberts prefer to spend his time mentoring others? Posed with this question, he simply replied, "I love to help children, both with their academics and sport". The athletic and ambitious youngster was nominated by his Physical Education teacher, Avianne Tobias, who has seen Roberts grow from a young, shy boy to a confident, young leader. Each youth participating in the Olympic Torch Relay was nominated on the basis of being an inspiration to younger individuals in their community or overcoming challenges in their lives. Roberts actually fits the two pre-requisites for being a yung torch bearer at the 2012 Olympic Games. When he was less than a year old, Roberts had accidentally swallowed a battery. At the time, it was surgically removed through his nose. The battery damaged his vocal chords which left him with a speech impediment. Luckily, he was able to attend therapy sessions and is ow speaking clearer. During the interview with gieMagazine, Roberts took his time and expressed himself, ensuring that he was properly understood. Being a long distance runner Roberts has to keep his body as fit as possible. He usually trains three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening. In addition, he swims at least two miles whenever he goes to the beach in Toco. His fitness level is not only used for Track and Field but also for the sport of Dragon Boating. Roberts is currently a part of the under 18 National Dragon Boat Team. He accompanied the team to the World Nationals in Miami, where they were able to bring home seven medals. Still, the 18 year old's list of activities does not end here. Soon, he will be adding boxing to his list. The athelete also balances seven CSEC subjects. When asked how he balances it all, he declared, "When it's time for sport, it's time for sport and when it's time for work, it's time for work; a simple motto,but very plain and effective. I learnt a lot about time management with sports. Sport helps you feel in control and makes you relieve a lot of stress" So what advice does this Olympic Torch Bearer have to offer you young sportsmen and sportswomen? "Never stop. Keeping going for what you want and always work hard". Look out for Shaquille roberts at the Olympic Games 2012. Courtesy: The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. Plublished Monday, May 21, 2012


Posted by Alicia Rostant on August 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

The Trinidad & Tobago Dragon Boat Federation was voted in as a FULL MEMBER in the IDBF ( Previously a Basic Member) at the 13th IDBF Ordinary Congress in Tampa, Monday 8th August 2011 The TTDBF now has the privilege of sending 3 ( not two) delegates to the IDBF Congress and can now vote on changes in the IDBF statutes and Bye Laws. Also at the meeting of the founding members Pan American Countries, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, USA and Trinidad & Tobago, Franco Siu Chong accepted the position to chair the Pan American Steering Committee to the establishment of the Pan American Dragon Boat Federation. Notably at this meeting, it was agreed that future Pan American Dragon Boat Championships will be staged with the newly introduced small boats. Your President, Keith Dalip, represented the TTDBF at the Congress and at the Pan American Dragon Boat Steering Committee.


Posted by Alicia Rostant on July 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (2)

The Trinidad and Tobago National Dragon Boat Team a contingent of 92 athletes left the shores of T&T to take part in the World National Dragon Boat Championships in Tampa Florida . on July 28th, 2011. The event is carded to take place on the Sheddon Channel in Tampa Florida between August 1st - 7th both starting and culminating with massive ceremonies equivalent to that of the Olympics. Trinidad and Tobago will be competing against teams from all around the world and will be competing in the under 23, premier open, mixed and over 40 categories. This event is precluded by the very first Pan American Dragon Boat Championships in which two local teams will be participating Excellent Stores Titans and GHL Oarstruck. The Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation would like to extend good luck, Godspeed and a safe return home to all representative teams.


Posted by Alicia Rostant on July 9, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

THE ROYAL DASH – 185m, SEES PRINCE WILLIAM’S CREW WIN BY A DRAGONS HEAD ! Dateline, Dalvay Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, The most famous Dragon Boaters in the world, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his Wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge or just ‘Wills and Kate’ as the world’s media knows them, showed their paddling skills, when they took to the water in a two boat race, on 4th July 2011, during their on-going Tour of Canada. The Royal couple were joined in their boats by members of Dragon Boat Canada’s National Team;local sports men and women and personalities from the PEI community, including the Province’s Premier, Robert Ghiz and his Wife, also named Kate. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, looked much more relaxed as she started to paddle with the crew, after having first tried Helming the boat on the way from the loading area to the Start Line but Wills looked a little more apprehensive as he practised paddling.  With IDBF Executive President, Mike Haslam starting the race and with Steve Gallant and Albert McDonald, the Race Organisers, from Dragonboat East, Nova Scotia, Helming the boats, the Royal Dash of 185m, was under the control of IDBF officials, from Start to Finish! – Stephen Gallant having passed his IDBF Race Officials Assessment during the DBC National Championships in Welland. In a close race Prince William’s crew reached the Finish Line first, by a Dragons’ Head and Kate’s crew had to settle for second place. A consolation hug from Wills was graciously accepted by Kate before a victory bottle of ‘Champers’ was handed to the Prince, who said ‘there is no chivalry in sport’, so thanks very much !  The Crew: - Boat 1 - Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.Luke Gallant (Drummer) Albert McDonald (Helm) Dr Kate Ellis; Andrea Joy; Sue Sliming; Tim Schaus; David Gallant; Jan Oakley; Sean Gibson; Barry Ring; Jack McDonald; Mark Flood; Kara Grant; Molly Gotell, Matt Caseley; Darren Lundrigan; Jared Connaughton,Stephen Pulia:; Jillian Durant.  The Crew: - Boat 2 - Katherine Duchess of Cambridge. Andrew Gallant (Drummer) Stephen Gallant (Helm) Anne Gallant; Premier Robert Ghiz; Judy McDonald; Kirk Poulos; Anne Baert; Brian Melanson; Max Tracy; Bruce Chaisson; Bruce Oakley; Jessica Vanoeweekirk; Adam MacQuaid; Laura MacPherson; Oliva Richardson; Lisa Moerike; Chad MacQuoid; Spencer Smith; Maggie Wright.

Pigeon Point Dragon Boat Regatta

Posted by Alicia Rostant on June 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (1)

The Pigeon Point Heritage Park will come alive this coming Labour Day weekend when the Division of Transport and Tourism in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation will be holding the inaugural Pigeon Point Dragon Boat Festival. This event will be hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly and promises to be a memorable event that will be marked in future calendars. Carded to take place on June 19th with a total of twelve teams, four of which will be from Tobago. Teams will be competing for trophies and medals. The day promises to be full of entertainment and fun with performances from the Chinese steel band, Dragon Dancers, martial arts demonstrations and popular local entertainers. No doubt Dragon Boating is making its mark in our sporting history as well as in our social calendar of events.


Posted by Alicia Rostant on April 30, 2011 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (0)




APRIL 2011 21st April 2011

Welcome! Welcome to the first issue of Dragon Heart, the official newsletter of the Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation. Since its introduction to Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 the sport of Dragon Boat has attracted many enthusiasts and there is now a thriving community of dragon boat paddlers in schools and within the corporate community.

Dragon Heart will strive to keep the current community of Dragon Boat paddlers apprised of developments locally as well as to promote the sport and encourage wider participation. We also wish to welcome the new Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Dragon Boat Federation who were elected into office on Sunday 26th February 2011. Please feel free to send your feedback, comments, suggestions or questions to our email address at [email protected] and continue to paddle strong! The Editor

TTDBF Board of Directors 2011 – 2012

President – Keith Dalip

Vice President – Sheldon Chin

Board Member/Secretary – Earlin Stanford

Board Member/Treasurer – Ronald Lee

Board Member/PRO – Alicia Rostant

Board Member – Shallona Shallowe

Board Member – Natalie Attin

Representative/School Fraternity – Neal Cezair

The Journey Continues… [message from Keith] [Lots of exciting stuff happening including new accommodation, training for world championships, Regattas in Point Fortin and Tobago.

Thanks everyone. Please stay in touch. And remember: “Yours is the Heart of the Dragon”. Excellent Stores/High Sierra Inter-Schools Dragon Boat Regatta

This major event on the Dragon Boat calendar took place on Sunday 17th April 2011. As in previous years, the indomitable spirit of our junior paddlers made this an event to remember. Despite the many difficulties they faced during the past year, our juniors rose to the challenge and ten teams took to the water.

Our special guests, the Honourable Minister of Education, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh and His Excellency Yang Youming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, were visibly impressed by the competition and thoroughly enjoyed their ‘walkabout’ among the troops. A hearty thank you to the sponsors who have continued to enhance ….. Win, lose or draw, a great time was had by all! See you again next year guys!

The Boys The Mixed Teams The Girls Queen’s Royal College Degree South East Dragons (South East Port of Spain) HNC Dragons (Holy Name Convent) St. Mary’s College Royal Francois United (QRC & St. Francois Girls College) St. Francois Orchas (St. Francois Girls College) TrinToco Thunder (Trinity East, Toco Composite & Fatima) El Dorado West Bishops Anstey POS Wanton Warriors (Trinity Moka and Bishops Anstey POS)

Congratulations to the Winners Girls Category: Bishops Anstey POS Boys Category:

TrinToco Thunder Mixed Catetory: Wanton Warriors And in the Mixed category: South-East POS Royal/Francois El Dorado West Trinity Moka/Bishop Anstey POS

Move to Anchorage As you are probably all aware, we have moved from La Soufriere to the Anchorage at Hart’s Cut in Welcome Bay. At last, we have all six boats on the same site once again and I expect that water training will become much more convenient and accessible to everyone.

Be sure to share a friendly word with the guys – Kurt, Alba and Keon – they are always willing to accommodate us in any way they can. Things have changed a bit since we were last at the Anchorage. The facility is fast becoming a preferred location for wedding receptions and other functions. The owner is very determined that we should be able to carry on with our activities even while a function is taking place at the venue. To this end, he has identified the North-eastern section of the property for our exclusive use.

Thanks to the virtually single-handed efforts of Wallen “Dexter” Floyd of Point Fortin Shockwave, we now have three showers along the eastern wall of the building. In due course, we hope to install toilet facilities as well. Another aspect of customising the area at Anchorage for our exclusive use, is the construction of a wall extending from the front eastern corner of the building to the fence. This is not a cheap proposition and your Federation regretfully does not have the funds to pay for this.... but we do have a robust, lively membership that is accustomed to physical activity. Get where I’m coming from? Yep, why don’t we get together and build the wall ourselves! Hence, the BLOCKORAMA! My humble suggestion is that each one of us puts up the price of a concrete block (or two), we get together, mix some cement and throw up that wall – a tangible testimony to our camaraderie and community! It is for me, a truly emotional experience when one of us steps up to the plate (like Dexter did) and gives selflessly for the benefit of the rest of our fraternity.

This week, Reisha (paddling for less than a year, a member of the WASA team) did just that! She organised for a backhoe to go to Anchorage and dig the trench that will hold the footer for our wall. Guys, our wall is well on its way. Please, please, please let’s do this! I have arranged for the material to be delivered TODAY (yeah, I know it’s Good Friday) – I have a good thing going with my hardware store. So we can lay the footer as early as Monday (yeah, I know it’s Easter Monday) – I have a good thing going with my Father above. I’ll bring my steel chopper and any other tools I can lay my hands on, as well as my cooler with ice. You bring your drinks, sandwiches, fruits, or just bring yourself. Let’s get together for 7:00 a.m. because it will be cool and we should be done before the day gets too hot.

By the way, you don’t have to contribute your block price just yet! I’ll ask someone to see about that later on. So what say? Please write to [email protected] to let me know if you can make it. For those of you who don’t know much about construction – like me – apparently you have to let the footer set for a couple days. So, the actual construction will hopefully be at the end of this month. We can have a huge cookout on that day – fish broth and roast breadfruit eh! See you all there! 






UPCOMING EVENTS This week Selection Trials for the National Dragon Boat Team for ‘Journey to the World 2011’ will take place. Look out for more on this soon!


People have been asking me about this and honestly, I don’t know what to say at this time. If it gets off the ground, it promises to be a thriller. Labour Day weekend – family, friends, much limin’. Problem is we haven’t yet received official endorsement (translate as: financial commitment) from the THA and time is fast running out to secure bookings on the ferry as well as hotel accommodation. Mr. Siu Chong and I are pushing hard but you know.... life in Tobago. Anyway, I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as possible if there are any new developments. Keith


This, as we know, is a great day of racing. This year, it is carded for May 8th. Our friends at the Point Fortin Borough Corporation are a bit worried because it is also Mother’s Day. As it stands, the date cannot be changed because the regatta is a signature event that marks the end of the Borough celebrations which, by the way, have already begun. Our President will meet with the officers of the Corporation next Wednesday (27th April) and we hope he will be able to allay their fears. Will your team be going down to Point? Please let us know by next Tuesday.  



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