Skittles, Dragons, Coolers, Heat and a little of Cajun Invasion were among some of the teams participating in the 9th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta. These teams with members from Austin, Dallas, Long Beach, Louisiana and other cities competed along with teams comprised of local residents from Sugar Land and Houston. These teams paddled the waters of Brooks Lake on the campus of Fluor in a friendly competition in the world’s fastest growing water sport and celebration of Asian culture and tradition – dragon boat racing.
This fun family event included Chinese lion dancing, martial arts demonstrations, belly dancing, yo-yo demonstrations and other cultural performances which occurred between the races. The event opened with our Regatta Chairman (Tommy Philips), and Honorary Co-Chairs (The Honorable Vincent M. Morales Jr., Mayor, City of Rosenberg; The Honorable Li Guixi, Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston; Hillary Goldstein, Board President, First Colony Community Association; and Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) awakening the dragon and closed with awarding the winning teams in the various categories.
This ultimate team building event not only had people dancing, laughing, smiling, but uniting to cheer team members of all ages to victory.