OACA Team Joined the 10th Annual Dragon Boat Racing
On April 25th, 2015, the Olympia Area Chinese Association (OACA) dragon boat team participated in the 10th annual Dragon Boat Festival at the Port of Olympia.
Photo of OACA Dragon Boat Team is taken at the front of the OACA booth
Consul General Linquan Luo (Consulate-General of People's Republic of China in San Francisco) and his wife visited OACA team and took a photo with OACA president and OACA dragon boat team
This year, 48 teams (the most ever) joined the dragon boat racing. Two special guest teams came from China, Shanghai Maritime University
and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
. After having a meeting with St. Martin's University, the OACA board made a decision to support this marvelous event by sponsoring these two Chinese teams' registration fee.
Since this is the 10th anniversary, Olympia Kungfu & Taichi Club
recommended providing a special dragon dance for this year's event. OACA board made another decision to support this great idea. OACA paid the fee for inviting the master. Additionally, OACA specially designed and ordered t-shirts for this performance. WeiWei Shi, the V.P. Admin of OACA, got the t-shirts ready. The t-shirts will be used for future dragon dance presentations too.
Father (Gang Ma, V.P. Education of OACA) & Son (Erik Ma) demonstrates the front and back of the t-shirt
Students from South Puget Sound Community College helped this dragon dance performance. Erik Ma, the youngest (11.5 years old) dragon player, joined the dance team. He enjoyed very much the presentation even though he felt a little bit tired because of not having enough muscles and energy. He played all 2 round performance shows, then he rushed to participate in his soccer game that afternoon. All players were new and had only 3 practices. But this performance was very successful. So many people came, watched, and took pictures. Many thanks to KaLai Lee
(Paul) who was a former paddler of the OACA team. He did the dance training. Also thank you to all players for their contribution and hard work that made this happen successfully.
Erik Ma (right) plays the tail of the dragon.
Paul is playing the head of the dragon
2nd round performance - Dragon and Loin dance together
Due to having only two practices for dragon boat racing, the OACA team, built with members, former members, and friends, only reached the semi-race - failing to enter the finals. But all paddlers did their best job. All enjoyed this fantastic activity.
OACA team is huddling by shouting "O-A-C-A" before departure
OACA team is waiting for the boat on the dock
on the way back to dock
Many thanks to the captain ~ Pastora Hernandez
. She was the only one that replied the OACA board's email to be willing to provide help organizing the team. She worked very hard, balancing her school study and the OACA team management. She helped Gang Ma a lot so that Mr. Ma could help both the dragon boat race and the dragon dance. Many thanks to all paddlers who contributed their time and effort and obtained the not bad score.
Expect more OACA members, former members, and friends to join this dragon boat race next year and receive a higher award.
~ 加油（JiaYou）!!! "Fill the gas"
Other pictures taken from this festival:
Consul General Linquan Luo is painting the dragon eye.
OACA president James Wynder accepts gift from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Fei Li (a high school student) is playing GuZheng.
She had participated many competitions and won many higher awards.
Consul General Linquan Luo takes photo with some members of two Chinese teams, Shanghai Maritime University (blue uniform) and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (red uniform)
Consul General Linquan Luo takes photo with team of Shanghai Maritime University