People saw them as the underdogs, a team of young, inexperienced paddlers from an equally young university. Yet, the SMU Dragon Boat team finished strong in the Prime Minister’s Cup in 2013, led by Stella Tay, the women’s team captain. What was it like building a team from ground up, forging strong friendships and inculcating a winning culture?
My first year at SMU was a really crazy one. I had to train for the SEA Games with the national team, juggle the intense competitiveness and stress from school, and train SMU Dragon Boat– all this in year one! I really stressed myself out, and remember getting around four hours of sleep every day. It was a really tough year for me.