Group Photograph with Traditional Boat Racers
Naypyidaw Rowing Venue
Photographer: Diego Wells
Our school group visited their training site, watched them work out, and took a practice run in their dragon boat. This team won 16 medals in 16 races at the Southeast Asia (SEA) games in December 2013: 13 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze. Two first place gold and the second place silver medals were in prestigious 2,000 meter races (women's, mixed, and men's respectively).
I happened to be wearing an outrigger canoe paddling T-shirt that day so showed them the design and an interpreter explained my enthusiasm for their sport. We decided it was a good reason to pose for this photo.
30 January 2013