Pads seeks partners to support dragon boat clinic

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THE Philippine Accessible Disability Services Inc. (Pads) has called on groups and individuals who might be able to help it sustain the needs of its Dragon Boat Clinic, which was launched on July 9, 2022 in Barangay Umapad, Mandaue City.

Pads CEO and founder John Paul Maunes said they lack funding to promote the sports and create potential athletes.

More than 320 people from different barangays in Mandaue City have so far registered to be part of the dragon boat program.

Maunes said Pads’ Dragon Boat Clinic is the biggest dragon boat clinic in the country.

He said the members will undergo a weekly training in preparation for the upcoming Mandani Bay Dragon Boat Regatta 2022, which will be held on August 20, 2022.

The members will compete for the first time under the inter-city youth 24 category.

After the Dragon Boat Regatta, the new members will continue to train as part of Pads grassroots program, which is being done in partnership with Kaabag Foundation in Mandaue.

"Our vision is to have a selection of the youth team who will represent unya sa mga international races. Mao na ni ato mga second liners sa umaabot," Maunes told SunStar in a virtual interview Sunday, July 10, 2022.

He said dragon boat racing is not just for the youth but also for everyone, stressing that Pads is recruiting more future paddlers.

"We are inviting youth, women, PWDs ug seniors 40 years old and above to be part of the dragon boat program," said Maunes.

Karla Victoria Cortes, president of Kaabag Foundation Mandaue, said they have put so much effort into the Dragon Boat Clinic.

She said that they somehow visited each barangay in Mandaue to explain to residents what dragon boat racing is.

She added that unlike basketball and volleyball, dragon boat racing promotes inclusivity for Kaabag youths.

"We wanted to show them that dragon boat is something that they can take part of whether they are male, [and] female. Gahapon daghan kaayo tag members of the LGBTQ community who joined the sports clinic," Cortes said.

Kaabag’s goal in teaming up with Pads is to encourage the youth to promote physical and mental wellness, social inclusivity, and to develop potential athletes in Cebu. (Jeanie Mea Pitor, CNU intern)

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