Dabawenya wins 3 golds in World Dragon Boatfest
by Romy Sabaldan
Davao City (19 October) -- FORTY-SIX year old Sandy Inigo-dos Remedios of the Philippines won three golds and a silver medal in the first International Pink Dragon Boat Council (IPDBC) Dragon Boat World Championships held recently at the Marina Bay in Singapore.
Further information relayed by Lolito delos Reyes, PRO of Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines (SCOOP-Davao) reads:
The native of Davao City, who is a breast cancer survivor, was the only Filipino competitor in the 17-team event hosted by the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Dos Remedios, a member of the Manila Dragons Dragon Boat Rowing Team, was invited to paddle for the Dragons Abreast Gold Coast team from Queensland, Australia.
Her team won the gold medals in the 500-meter and 200-meter events for the 80/20 women and the 200-meter for 100 percent category.
"Bale, 80/20 consists of an 80 percent breast cancer survivor and 20 supporters," said Dos Remedios, who is now based in Manila since 1981. She is the younger sister of sportsman Tommy Iņigo of the Ayala Group of Companies.
Her team also settled for the silver medal in the 100 percent BC survivors' 500-meter race. The Gold Coast team also took the gold in the 80/20 500-meter mixed and another silver in the 80/20 200-meter mixed.
"I was touched when our Philippine flag was also waved together with the Australian flag during the last awarding to recognize my lone participation," said Dos Remedios, who first tasted her international stint in China last June 3-4.
The Manila Dragons women's team finished third behind two China teams in the 600-meter of the 1st Shaoguan City International Dragon Boat Festival.
They also settled for the sixth in the 12th Guangzhou Dragon Boat International Tournament.
Dos Remedios, who started dragon boat paddling last November 2005 thru her husband Raymund, saw action last Sunday in the second leg of the Annual Regatta at the Manila Bay Walk.
Her team is the defending champion in the said event organized by the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation.
Dos Remedios paid a courtesy call yesterday to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex together with Lito delos Reyes of Bugsay Dabaw, a group of paddling people in Davao.
Sandy came home to Davao City last summer with her family and paddled a single kayak from Anamarina Resort in Samal to the Island Buenavista - a three nautical miles distance.
"Uuwi ako this December sa Davao to try the night kayaking with my husband and kids," she said.
The couple are blessed with four sons - Jose Manuel a.k.a. "Ito", 17; Juan Carlos "Ian", 16; Jaime Antonio "Io", 14; and Jesus Roberto "Isi", 9. (PIA XI) [top]