©2019 Buzz Dragon Boating Society

Team Executives

The past few seasons have been beyond our dreams and expectations, and that is testament not only to the hours of dedication that all our coaches and captains put in, but also to how each and every one of us in the club applies ourselves and take on-board each lesson from practice through to race day.

Come January, it will be great to welcome all our returning paddlers, but also to meet our new rookie recruits, who I have no doubt will flourish under the guidance of our veteran paddlers and coaching team.

How we bond on the boat as well as off can only serve us well for this season and also help to further strengthen the bonds we have between the club and the wider paddling community. Let’s bring everything to every session, work hard, and then work harder. I know we will be in for another fantastic season!

As with any team, there are many people behind the scenes working to ensure a smooth season for everyone. Here is your chance to get to know the Executive Committee of Buzz Dragon.

 

President of Buzz Dragon
 

Henry Au-Yeung

Coach

When did you start paddling? What (or who) inspired you?
I started in 2001, inspired and encouraged by the local fisherman culture.

What’s your favorite memory from dragon boating?
In 2013, I was very proud to successfully commission a new wooden dragon boat for Buzz. This means we’re able to continue racing in the fisherman circuit, one of very few non-fisherman teams to do so.

What’s the hardest aspect about paddling, for either seasoned paddlers or new starters?
Training the mind to control the body.

What’s your secret weapon when it comes to paddling nutrition, especially on race days?
Filet-o-fish.

Mark Dawson

Treasurer

When did you start paddling? What (or Who) inspired you?
I started paddling with the Bloomberg Team. Henry was our coach and I enjoyed Henry shouting at me so much that i looked for ways for this to happen more frequently. Joining Buzz was the best way to achieve this. 

What is your favorite element of dragon boating?Winning trophies. But the real trophies were the friends i made along the way.

What’s the hardest aspect about paddling for season paddlers and/or new starters? What do you find tough to do when you’re on the boat? 

For me the hardest aspect is pretending i enjoy Seb's company many times per week. Second is mobility - yoga helps a lot. But the hardest part is definitely Seb.

What’s your secret weapon when it comes to paddling nutrition especially on race day?  

Secret weapon on race day is creatine. Before race day is having a balanced diet and trying to be a fat lazy slob only 2 days per week. However, the best energy for race day and training is knowing that as each minute goes by, you are one minute closer to saying goodbye to Seb for a few days.

Dana Koniuch

Ladies' Captain

When did you start paddling? What (or who) inspired you?

I started paddling for the first time 2 years ago when I first moved to Hong Kong. A friend of mine convinced me to attend a training session with her team, and this turned out to be my first ever Buzz training session! Since then I have been hooked on the sport and this amazing team.

What’s your favorite memory from dragon boating?

My favourite memory from dragon boating was from this past season, when Buzz mixed boat won 1st in the Gold Cup Final at Aberdeen Fisherman Race for Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat Festival). We had worked so hard and it was a long (and very hot) day, but our team came together, gave it their all and that win felt great! I will never forget that day and the celebratory fishy dinner afterwards.

What’s the hardest aspect about paddling, for either seasoned paddlers or new starters?

I think the hardest part about dragon boat is keeping your mind focused and being in sync as a team. This is also one of the things that I love the most about paddling. Each and every time I get in the boat I try to focus on my stroke technique, the timing of our team, and try to clear my mind of everything else. It can be challenging but your teammates are always there to support you!

What’s your secret weapon when it comes to paddling nutrition, especially on race days?

Pre-race day pasta dinners (delicious carbs loading haha) and on race day, hydration tablets and lots and lots of water! 

Janet Lam

Ladies' Club Secretary

When did you start paddling? What (or who) inspired you?
I started in 2007 paddling with my company team when I worked at the most magical place in Hong Kong. I joined because I saw my colleagues were having so much fun but were also competitive and winning some trophies. 

What’s your favorite memory from dragon boating?
My 3 favourite ones are:

1) We first won the mixed Gold Cup final in Po Toi fishermen race in 2015. It was the first time in the club’s history that we were champions in that race.

2) The moment when we got that silver dragon in my photo. It was another new record for us getting a dragon in the Hong Kong international dragon boat festival.

3) We stood on the podium at the Kaohsiung race in 2017 for our 2nd in the standard mixed boat and 3rd in our women small boat 500m. This was our first overseas race and I was the one organising this race. I was so proud of our team to be on that podium with a full Buzz team!

What’s the hardest aspect about paddling, for either seasoned paddlers or new starters?
Dragon Boat is a team sport which requires not just you but the whole team. Sometimes it is quite difficult for people to forget about themselves during paddling. Coping with each other in either their strength, their pace, or their mindset (syncing as a team) is the hardest part. 

What’s your secret weapon when it comes to paddling nutrition, especially on race days?
A Big Hong Kong style breakfast is my push on the race days. 

Frank Chau

President

When did you start paddling? What (or who) inspired you?

Started in 2016. I first started paddling with a local social team that coaches from Buzz Dragon trained and since then, there was no turning back. Fell in love with dragon boat and Buzz Dragon and was inspired by the team spirit, encouragement and passion shown by the

What’s your favorite memory from dragon boating?

My first ever fisherman style dragon boat race with Buzz on a wooden boat at Po Toi Island (also my first time ever to this island), spectacular scenery, battleship like fisherman boats with flags docked on the side on the beach in one line. Very memorable moment that words can’t describe, you need to experience it in person.
 

What’s the hardest aspect about paddling, for either seasoned paddlers or new starters?

Commitment in time and training, and being physically fit is important, but training together on the boat, getting in sync with your teammates is more important. The time and effort we put in to training will make a difference on race day. Being a person with lots of business travels and active lifestyle with different sports I love caused me some doubt before I joined Buzz Dragon, whether or not I could commit to training, but ever since I have joined, I haven’t looked back, no excuse for not being able to commit.

What’s your secret weapon when it comes to paddling nutrition, especially on race days?

With most races being in hot summer time and out in the open, exposed to the sun, getting enough rest before race day is vital. Stay out of the sun, stay hydrated, light and quick meals between races on race day.

Layton Warhurst

Men's Captain

When did you start paddling? What (or who) inspired you?

I started paddling 2 years ago as one of my housemates said it would be fun. At the time I was looking for a sport that I could dedicate myself to and keep me from roaming the streets of LKF every weekend. Two things changed; that house mate became my girlfriend and the team became my family.

What’s your favorite memory from dragon boating?

There are so many! Buzz is centred around its people. That’s why we come together so often, whether its going to a fisherman’s dinner or getting merry at our sponsors bar (Devils Advocate / Three Blind Mice). But nothing beats post-race celebrations. Drinking from the trophy tastes ohhh so sweet!

What’s the hardest aspect about paddling, for either seasoned paddlers or new starters?

Making small adjustments to your stroke. It can be easy to fall into bad habits that are difficult to change. This is made more difficult as it is impossible for the coach to be able to give you 1:1 instructions through out a set piece. This is why every time you come to practice it is important that you self coach and make sure you are correcting your mistakes. It’s all about progress in the pursuit of perfection. 

What’s your secret weapon when it comes to paddling nutrition, especially on race days?

Carbohydrates, protein and hydration tablets! Don’t forget to wash it down with astronomic amounts of beer. After the races are finished of course!

Olivier Billiard

Men's Club Secretary

When did you start paddling? What (or who) inspired you?

I started paddling a bit after arriving in Hong Kong in 2011. I went watching the Tuen Ng race at Stanley and found the ambience great. A friend of mine asked me to join her local team and it was the start

What’s your favorite memory from dragon boating?

The fishermen races and in particular the Po Toi one. From being exclusive to a small number of team and having the Cantonese opera singing in the background at the starting line, this is such a special event.

What’s the hardest aspect about paddling, for either seasoned paddlers or new starters?

Between the 3 times per week water training and the gym (3-5 times) to get stronger, commitment is the most challenging part. Your life becomes mostly Buzz for 6 months :)

What’s your secret weapon when it comes to paddling nutrition, especially on race days?

No special secret weapon. For my specific case, I eat more protein than carbs. During race days I will take a bit more of slow and fast carbs are some races are very intense in term of number of heats. The most important on race day is to stay hydrated.