Cyprus Dragon boat club Limassol Spartans won four medals in four races, participating against strong and competitive teams from America, Canada, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom at the II Intercontinental Dragon Boat Festival, held in Torrevieja, Spain.
The women’s team won the gold in the small boats category. Two silver medals were won by the mixed category – small boat and the by the open team – small boat team. The Open standard team won the 3rd place and the bronze medal. The Cypriot team was ranked 2nd among the six countries participated.
In the event, eight dragon boats from six countries, broke the Guinness Record, since they managed to paddle 266 Km within 24 hours, non-stop over the previous Guinness record, which was held by a Hong Kong team. The crew of the Limassol Spartans was one of the six crews who broke the Guinness record.
In an announcement, the team described the results as a landmark for itself, the federation and for Cyprus sports.
The federation was founded in 2008 and within nine years has managed to be established in Limassol and to bring to Cyprus significant results in international events, it said.
In 2017, dragon boat teams have been formed in Larnaca, Paralimni and Nicosia.
Dragon Boat is a team sport, ideal for all ages and interests. It can be practiced either by athletes who wish to compete in major events or by people who wish to paddle for fun.
For more information about the sport and the dragon boat teams in Cyprus, email [email protected] and through Facebook @CYDBA