Our crew members from Fukushima
Please find a Japanese version of this report here.
Fukushima Dragon Boat Academy, the first children's dragon boat team in Fukushima, recently participated in two races in Tokyo and Yokohama on May 17 and June 7, respectively.
In Tokyo Dragon Boat Race 2015 held in Odaiba Seaside Park, we were the 5th out of 9 boats competed in the same class of mixed male-female short boats. In addition to children from Fukushima, a mother from Fukushima participated in the race in our boat.
In Yokohama Dragon Boat Race 2015 held in Yamashita Park, we couldn't make it to the final, but our regular boat with 18 paddlers from both Fukushima and Kanto recorded 1'40"58 in the first try in 260-meter race, and finished in 1'34"58 in the next try. It was quite an improvement.
Although our team cannot make it to the top quite yet, we keep getting better, and we have been attracting more team members. We are practicing paddling every Sunday at beautiful Lake Inawashiro.
THANK YOU FOR JAPAN MATCHING
Academy Camp participated in this year's "Japan Matching" campaign to commemorate the Great East Japan Earthquale and Tsunami at GlobalGiving US and UK. Thanks to all your contributions and charity at the concert in London on May 5 (children's day in Japan) by violinist Ms. Lisa Ueda and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, we came number one on GlobalGiving UK's Japan Matching leaderboard, raising £7,493. For our outstanding success, GlobalGiving UK has awarded us an extra bonus prize of £500.
Thank you GlobalGiving, and thank you all for this great achievement!
Fukushima Dragon Boat Academy in Action
A steersperson and a drummer
Celebrating with carbonated water showers
At Yamashita Park, Yokohama Bay