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20th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Schedule of events 6:00 am

Registrar opens for team check in

6:30 am

Team captain’s meeting

7:00 am

Blessing of the boats by Buddhist monks

7:15 am

Star Spangled Banner - National Anthem

7:25 am

Dragon Boat races begin

11:30 am

500 meter races for open division teams

12:00 am

Opening ceremonies begin

- Fire Crackers - Lion dance performance - Remarks by Steve Barclay, Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York - Remarks by Jerry Liu, President of HiSense Corporation - Reamrks by Delta Airlines, Harrahs, PepsiCo, & AT&T - Gene Hanratty introduces Heros from past 20 years - Eye Dotting Ceremony - BCS Ceremony

- Cultural performances :

- Beautiful Water Ribbon Dance by Eve Hao Dance Studio

- Payanaak Dance by Laotian American Society (LAS)

- Sao Ken Fai Dance by Laotian American Society (LAS)

- Bhangra Bollywood Dance by MOKSHA

- Mountaineer Bamboo Dance by Eve Hao Dance Studio

1:30 pm 3:00 pm 3:45 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm

Finals begin Awards Ceremony 2000 meters race meeting near finish line tower 2000 Meter Race 2000 Meter Award Ceremony

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The 20 Year Dragon Boat Trip By Gene Hanratty

I can recall the then Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Mr. Alex Fong, calling me and saying, “Gene, you are going to have a Dragon Boat Festival!” He didn’t ask if I wanted to put on a Dragon Boat Festival. He was quite specific in telling that I would put on a Dragon Boat Festival. My first thought was as you might expect, “What is a dragon boat? And what do they do at a festival?” Cultural shock. Mr. Fong told me not to worry that he had an expert who would guide me in the process…and I knew I was certainly going to need some “guiding.” My mentor was Mr. Henry Wan, Chairman of the Wan Development Group in New York City, who was working with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in New York with their Festival there. I knew nothing about Dragon Boating and Mr. Wan,

fortunately, was a patient, incredible teacher. Thus began our initial foray into Dragon Boating here in Georgia. I call Mr. Wan the “Godfather of Dragon Boating” in the U.S. Our very first Festival was held on the lake at Stone Mountain. We had all of some ten teams involved. No divisions of any sort for the teams. It was every team for itself to just do the best that they could. HKETO would each year send down two dragon boats for our use. They later upped the count to four boats. These were the original teak wood boats that all had leaks. Some leaked worse than others so it was just the luck of the draw as to which

boat you got. We always had old milk cartons in the boats that we used to scoop out the water as it leaked in. The boats were sent down to us in the big 18-wheel trucks. Getting the boats in and out of the trucks and into and out of the water was always an adventure. We would contract a tow company to come and help us to make the transfer. If you had been able to see the process we went through to get each boat into the water you might have been amazed. We would wench them out of the 18-wheeler onto the bed of the tow truck, secure it as best as we could with some 30 feet of the dragon boat hanging off the bed of the tow truck. We would then drive them to the launch ramp and lower them carefully into the water. Recovery of the boats to get them back into the 18-wheeler was just as difficult…and probably

just as amusing to all who watched. We had a small little boathouse where we secured the boats. It was always an adventure for me each day to see if there were any snakes in the boats before the teams came. There were several instances of water snakes being in the boats. I quickly learned that steering oars could be used for more than steering. The layout at Stone Mountain did not allow for anyone to see the entire race. You could tell when the race had started as I used an air horn to start each heat. There was a beach where everyone picnicked and the finish line could be seen. We did have some close contests and the order of finish was usually a judgment call. In the early years of the event, I was the starter, the safety official, the lane judge, the finish line judge, the announcer, etc.


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Georgia Asian Times required, I was that official. Stone Mountain was convenient but everyone still had to pay the fee for park access to get in for the event and the practice sessions. Parking became a sport in itself with the limited spaces. Eventually we had to leave Stone Mountain because they just became too expensive for us to continue the Festival at that venue. The search began for a new venue. Everyone seemed to think that doing the Festival on the Hooch would be a good idea. So we went forward with planning for that. As it turns out, we had to cancel the Festival that year because the supporting organization backed out at the last minute. Quite honestly, that turned out to be a blessing. The Hooch with its currents, unpredictable water level, and rocks would have been a disaster. I was personally relieved when it was cancelled for those reasons. In actuality, last year would have been our 20th Anniversary had it not been for the cancellation that year. So there we were looking again for a venue. That is when someone suggested that we look at a place on Lake Lanier where they held the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Rowing Events. I drove up and met Ms. Connie Hagler at the Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (LCKC). Connie took me around and showed me their facilities and explained their capabilities. My mind was made up on the spot that this would be our new venue but it had to be approved by the then Director of HKETO, Mr. Raymond Fan. Mr. Fan

20th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Atlanta / Sept 12, 2015 made a special trip down from NYC to see the venue for himself. Connie Hagler gave Mr. Fan the same tour and presentation she had given me. Mr. Fan was initially non-committal about the site with Connie and told her that we would get back to her with an answer soon. I was worried that maybe he did not like something he had either seen or heard. On the drive back to Atlanta, Mr. Fan asked me what I thought. I told him there was no place we were going to find that could possibly be better than the facility at Lake Lanier. Additionally, the support that we could get from LCKC would be world class. I had no reason to worry. Mr. Fan told me to make the deal with LCKC as quickly as possible and to get on with having the best Dragon Boat Festival ever and forever at Lake Lanier. The rest is history. We have been at Lake Lanier since 2000. We have no plans to leave. There are so many people who need to be acknowledged for whatever degree or measure of success the Festival has enjoyed. First and foremost would be the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York. They have every year been our Patron sponsor and have twice procured for us a fleet of eight boats. Still with us are a few teams who have been with us for the 20 year duration. These teams are: - AT & T - Dragon Boat Atlanta BCS - NACA - UPS

People who were critically pivotal in our early days include Ms. Pin Pin Chau and Mr. David Yu from what was then Summit National Bank; Mr. Jerry Allison of AJC Foods International; and Mr. Bill Ramsey, our current Hong Kong Association President and previously with Troutman Sanders LLP. And there are other people, so many that I could never mention all but will acknowledge some. Connie Hagler, who always had an answer and who could solve any problem I gave to her. Brenda Miller follows along in the same tradition and manner has since replaced Connie. Taco Proper who loved and lived dragon boating from the days he lived in Hong Kong to virtually all of our Festivals here. He never (emphasis added) turned down a chance to steer for any team. There were many Festivals when at day’s end he would be totally spent physically, but mentally and spiritually on a high as high as you could imagine. Jim O’Dell, who would and still spend countless hours coaching the newbies and loving every minute of it. Eddie Foust, who can solve any physical layout, communications, or electrical problem one may have. And still does!

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Li Wong, who for years now has done a yeoman ’s job to help advertise and market the Festival. And most importantly, the volunteers from LCKC. Every year LCKC has some 120 volunteers to help with everything from the water operations, the dock, boat loading and unloading, team check in, trash pickup, helping teams get all their supplies to their tent, and the list could go on and on. Unnamed heroes…each and every one of them! We have grown this Festival into a family fun experience. It is a celebration of Asian culture. Our Opening Ceremonies program draws its own crowd every year that come to see the entertainment. The event has become a rites of passage each September into the Fall. It is also the best hands-on, cultural diversity event in the area. So Happy 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival!!! And best of luck on your next 20 years!!! Gene Hanratty Chairman, Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival Inc. & Festival Director


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TEAM CHEERS

Dragon Boat Atlanta is a team of survivors and supporters of breast cancer. Organized in 2004 the team has participated in festivals in the U.S., Canada and International promoting breast cancer awareness, the importance of exercise and dragon boating. The team travels from throughout the metro area to practice at LCKC. The team members enjoy fellowship on the water and off and are proof of “from surviving to thriving”.

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Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders is the premier nonprofit professional association that enables members, corporate partners and communities to realize leadership potential of Pan-Asians. Ascend’s vision is to enhance the influence of Asian/Pacific Islander business leaders and to be a voice for these business communities. The Ascend Atlanta Chapter is pleased to participate in the Dragon Boat Festival and relishes an exciting day of races, variety of cultures, and team spirit! DHL Dragons are a group of professionals working for DHL eCommerce a leading logistics provider in online retailing. With their enthusiasm to represent their company and team, they are on fire for this year’s Dragon Boat Race. This team is stepping up the competition not only on the water, but also the t-shirt competition category, with their super creative tshirt that combine’s DHL’s color scheme they are going to burn the competition in all categories!


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TEAM CHEERS

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DragonBoat Beaufort is a cancer survivor and supporter mixed racing team from Beaufort SC. The team was formed 3 years ago after seeing the movie ‘Awaken the Dragon’ at the Beaufort International Film Festival. We ‘leave cancer on the dock’ and paddle to strengthen ourselves physically and psychologically after experiencing cancer. We wish everyone well at the Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival - but WATCH OUT FOR DBB!! Focus Asia, Kimberly-Clark Corp Just like our converting assets, we come from all over the world and we’re one well-oiled machine! We make Kimberly-Clark an even better company by exposing all of our members to Asian culture and other experiences to help them become more sophisticated and open minded professionals. 10 fast strokes. 10 long strokes. All together now! Focus Asia!

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TEAM CHEERS

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Lakeview Lady Lions are teachers from the Lower School Division at Lakeview Academy. The Lady Lions will “roar” their way across Lake Lanier, as they paddle their way to enthusiastically participate in the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival and support the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. With teamwork, strength, and dedication they will leave you behind in their wake.

Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) enhances the Taiwanese American community by networking individuals interested in professional and career development, while emphasizing the preservation of Taiwanese American identity. TAP provides resources and programs that inspire and empower; develop and support professionals to become community-oriented leaders. The Vietnamese Student Association is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization. We are an independent organization standing upon the three pillars of culture, leadership, and community service. VSA seeks to celebrate Vietnamese heritage and maintain a strong sense of identity as well as emphasize leadership development amongst the youth, providing a channel to voice our dreams and aspirations. Cricket is making a splash this year with our inaugural entry in the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival. When we aren’t putting in the hard yards on our Dragon Boat, our battle hardened paddlers are part of the fun-loving Headquarters team from Atlanta based Cricket Wireless, the fastest growing no-contract wireless provider in the nation. Just like our customers, our crew will have something to smile about when we burst across the finish line! #STSA Lanier Islands and the Lake Lanier CVB have joined together to make the Inaugural Lanier Islands Dragon Boat Team. Team members are from various departments around the Lanier Islands Resort. They are eager to be a part of this great event and looking forward to the excitement and competition of the day.

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TEAM CHEERS

Laotian American Society (LAS) is a non-profit organization focused on promoting cultural awareness and fostering communication within the Asian American Community in the state of Georgia, being the resource to all people of ethnic origins native to Laos or has ties to the Lao culture and heritage, by organizing and sponsoring education, health, social and economic activities. - YES YES L.A.S.!

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AT&T’s teams AT&T Digital Life, AT&T No Texting While Paddling, Women of AT&T, and AT&T Aspires; are organized by AT&T’s Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional Community Advancement (APCA). APCA is a 501( c)(3) non-profit, educational organization focused on representation of Asian Pacific and Islanders employed by AT&T Inc and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

As Atlanta’s hometown airline, we are excited to participate in this year’s 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Our planes are known as the on time machines, and our racing team is sure to live up to the Delta name. Go team, and thank you Atlantans for making Delta your #1 airline!

Supporting great causes: a commitment that’s as much a part of UPS as our brown trucks. UPS is proud to support 2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. sustainability.ups.com © 2015 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. UPS, the UPS logo, and the color brown are trademarks of United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.


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20th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival—Atlanta

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Pre Race Important Times: 6:00 AM Venue Gates Open | 6:45 AM MANDATORY Team Leader/Captain Meeting @ Tower base | 7:00 AM Buddhist Monks will bless the boats | 7:15 AM National Anthem | 7:00 AM Race Officials & Competition Volunteers in place

250 Meter Heats Round 1—All Teams

250 Meter Heats Round 2—All Teams (cont’d)

R

Marshalling

Race Time

Race

Length

Marshalling

Race Time

Race

Length

A

7:05 AM

7:25 AM

1

250 m

9:18 AM

9:38 AM

20

250 m

C

7:12 AM

7:32 AM

2

250 m

9:25 AM

9:45 AM

21

250 m

7:19 AM

7:39 AM

3

250 m

9:32 AM

9:52 AM

22

250 m

7:26 AM

7:46 AM

4

250 m

9:39 AM

9:59 AM

23

250 m

7:33 AM

7:53 AM

5

250 m

9:46 AM

10:06 AM

24

250 m

7:40 AM

8:00 AM

6

250 m

9:53 AM

10:13 AM

25

250 m

7:47 AM

8:07 AM

7

250 m

10:00 AM

10:20 AM

26

250 m

7:54 AM

8:14 AM

8

250 m

10:07 AM

10:27 AM

27

250 m

8:01 AM

8:21 AM

9

250 m

10:14 AM

10:34 AM

28

250 m

8:08 AM

8:28 AM

10

250 m

10:21 AM

10:41 AM

29

250 m

8:15 AM

8:35 AM

11

250 m

10:28 AM

10:48 AM

30

250 m

8:22 AM

8:42 AM

12

250 m

10:35 AM

10:55 AM

31

250 m

8:29 AM

8:49 AM

13

250 m

10:42 AM

11:02 AM

32

250 m

8:36 AM

8:56 AM

14

250 m

10:49 AM

11:09 AM

33

250 m

8:43 AM

9:03 AM

15

250 m

10:56 AM

11:16 AM

34

250 m

8:50 AM

9:10 AM

16

250 m

11:03 AM

11:23 AM

35

250 m

8:57 AM

9:17 AM

17

250 m

11:10 AM

11:30 AM

36

250 m

9:04 AM

9:24 AM

18

250 m

11:19 AM

11:39 AM

37

500 m

9:31 AM

11:26 AM

11:46 AM

38

500 m

11:33 AM

11:53 AM

39

500 m

19

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C H E

D U L

E

500 Meter Races—Open Teams only

250 Meter Heats Round 2—All Teams 9:11 AM

E

250 m

Opening Ceremonies 12:00 PM Lower Plaza 250 Meter Finals—All Teams (slowest to fastest) Marshalling

Race Time

Race

Length

1:10 PM

1:30 PM

40

250 m

1:17 PM

1:37 PM

41

1:24 PM

1:44 PM

1:31 PM 1:38 PM

250 Meter Finals—All Teams (slowest to fastest) cont’d Marshalling

Race Time

Race

Length

Final R

2:13 PM

2:33 PM

49

250 m

Final I

250 m

FInal Q

2:20 PM

2:40 PM

50

250 m

Final H

42

250 m

Final P

2:27 PM

2:47 PM

51

250 m

Final G

1:51 PM

43

250 m

Final O

2:34 PM

2:54 PM

52

250 m

Final F

1:58 PM

44

250 m

Final N

2:41 PM

3:01 PM

53

250 m

Final E

1:45 PM

2:05 PM

45

250 m

Final M

2:48 PM

3:08 PM

54

250 m

Final D

1:52 PM

2:12 PM

46

250 m

Final L

2:55 PM

3:15 PM

55

250 m

Final C

1:59 PM

2:19 PM

47

250 m

Final K

3:02 PM

3:22 PM

56

250 m

Final B

2:06 PM

2:26 PM

48

250 m

Final J

3:09 PM

3:29 PM

57

250 m

Grand Final

Awards Ceremony for 250 Meter Races by Division 3:40 PM

Awards—Lower Plaza

Awards Ceremony for 2,000 Meter Races

2,000 Meter Race—Open Division 3:55 PM

4:00 PM 4:30 PM

58

2,000 m

Awards Plaza

List updated on September 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM


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Start List: 250 Meter Heats (Rounds 1 & 2) & 500 Meter Race, Saturday, September 12, 2015 Team Captain

Division

Kimberly-Clark

Dixon Ng

Recreational

Dragon Boat Atlanta

Geri Foust

BCS

7

Mekong Dragons

Sam Sith

Southeast Asia

2 4

Wun Fun Cru

Linda Harris

Recreational

Rubbermaid Consumer

Kin Ly

Manufacturing

6

Khmer Angkor Wat—CAAG

Manirith Nuth

Southeast Asia

8

Team Phoenix

Erica Jong

Recreational

1 3

Chattanooga Dragon Boat

Jennifer Dillon

Recreational

SunTrust Shine On

Joyce Green

Financial

5

AT&T No Texting While Paddling

Richard Fung–A–Fat

International

7

Georgia State University

Kimberly Griffin

Collegiate

2 4

UNG Nighthawks

Chris Jespersen

Collegiate

Dragonboat Beaufort

Andrew Nichols

Recreational

6

LCKC Baby Dragons

Kalen Scholz

Recreational

8

AT&T Internet of Things

Manny Skaris

Recreational

1 3

Hong Kong SA Ga Tech

Jason Tam/Frank Zhou

Collegiate

The Y Speed Dragons

Angie Beccue

Recreational

5

HD Orange Dragons

Carrie Hsu

Financial

7

Accenture

Victoria Filipowski

Recreational

2 4

Zhejiang Association of GA (ZAGA)

Jin Jin

International

Hapag–Lloyd

Chris Baldree

International

6

Ascend Atlanta—Pan Am Leaders

Elizabeth Nunes

Financial

8

Vietnamese Student Association

1 3

World Language Academy WLA

Leyna Nguyen / Qui Ho MeiShan Spradin

Recreational

Dragon Boat Z—UNG

Liz French

Collegiate

5

AT&T GigaPower

Richard Stokes

International

7

Wells Fargo Bank

Howard Cheong

Financial

2 4

CSSU at Emory

Cong Cao

Collegiate

ACP / CAEA

Mike Song

Recreational

6

PEPSICO I

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

Marshalling Race Time Race Length Lane

Team Name

250 Meter Races (Round 1) 7:05 AM 7:25 AM

1

250 m

1 3 5

7:12 AM 7:32 AM

7:19 AM 7:39 AM

7:26 AM 7:46 AM

7:33 AM 7:53 AM

7:40 AM 8:00 AM

7:47 AM 8:07 AM

7:54 AM 8:14 AM

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

250 m

250 m

250 m

250 m

250 m

250 m

250 m

Collegiate

8 8:01 AM 8:21 AM

8:08 AM 8:28 AM

8:15 AM 8:35 AM

9

250 m

10 250 m

11 250 m

1 3

UPS Expedited

Hwa Lew

International

NAAAP / SIEMENS I

Daming Ng

Recreational

5

AT&T Cricket

Yakun Gao

Recreational

7

Ga Tech Pandragons

Liangyu Tao

Collegiate

2 4

Kennesaw 1

Ken Jin

Collegiate

Cambodia Phnom Penh

Sorin Yen

International

6

Rubbermaid Professional

Kin Ly

Manufacturing

8

TAAG

Michael Guo

Recreational

1 3

Jackson EMC Power Paddlers

Elke Yath

Open—Women

Lakers—CVB

Renee Carden

Open—Mixed

5

AT&T Dragonistas

Pauline Finnell

Open—Women

7

Mercer ASIA

Hyun Lee

Collegiate

List Updated on September 4, 2015 at 11:33 AM


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8:22 AM 8:42 AM

8:29 AM 8:49 AM

8:36 AM 8:56 AM

8:43 AM 9:03 AM

8:50 AM 9:10 AM

8:57 AM 9:17 AM

9:04 AM 9:24 AM

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13 250 m

14 250 m

15 250 m

16 250 m

17 250 m

18 250 m

2 4

SACA Golden Dragon

Kitt Noythanongsay

PCOM

Christopher Pitts

Collegiate

6

Atlanta Canoe Club

Jim Chaffin

Open—Men

8

ZF Gainesville

David Haack

Recreational

1 3

Taiwanese American Dragon Slayers

Michael Wang

Recreational

5

Be Vegan, Make Peace

Steve Won

Recreational

7

Wat Lao Sattha Dhamma

Seng Thammavongsa

Southeast Asia

2 4

Hisense USA #2

Maryann Heiberger

International

UPS Express

Tuan Pham

International

17

Recreational

6

PEPSICO II

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

8

Tampa Blade Runners

Jonathan Rivera

Open—Mixed

1 3

Cherokee Harrahs

Martha Williams

Recreational

Ga Tech TASA

Andrew Huang

Collegiate

5

Organized Chaos

Teri Hufford

Open—Mixed

7

Kennesaw 2

Ken Jin

Collegiate

2 4

Lakeview Academy

Angie Cooper

Recreational

NAAAP / SIEMENS II

Daming Ng

Recreational

6

WACATL Young Leaders Green Dragons

Paulina Guzman

Collegiate

8

The Longstreet Clinic

Rene Ward

Recreational

1 3

SACA Golden Men

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Men

5

DHL

Bee Intakanok

Open—Mixed

7

Delta Airlines

Paul Rogers

Recreational

2 4

Clemson Tigers

Nicholas Lor

Collegiate

NACA Agnes Scott College Scotties

James Mildoon/ Zhongbei Yuan Kristian Contreras

Recreational

6 8

Hisense USA #1

Maryann Heiberger

International

1 3

Kimberly-Clark

Dixon Ng

Recreational

Wun Fun Cru

Linda Harris

Recreational

5

Chattanooga Dragon Boat

Jennifer Dillon

Recreational

7

UNG Nighthawks

Chris Jespersen

Collegiate

2 4

Dragon Boat Atlanta

Geri Foust

BCS

Rubbermaid Consumer

Kin Ly

Manufacturing

6

SunTrust Shine On

Joyce Green

Financial

Collegiate

250 Meter Races (Round 2) 9:11 AM

9:31 AM

9:18 AM 9:38 AM

9:25 AM 9:45 AM

9:32 AM 9:52 AM

19 250 m

20 250 m

21 250 m

22 250 m

8

Dragonboat Beaufort

Andrew Nichols

Recreational

1 3

Hong Kong SA Ga Tech

Jason Tam/Frank Zhou

Collegiate

Zhejiang Association of GA (ZAGA)

Jin Jin

International

5

World Language Academy WLA

MeiShan Spradin

Recreational

7

CSSU at Emory

Cong Cao

Collegiate

2 4

The Y Speed Dragons

Angie Beccue

Recreational

Hapag–Lloyd

Chris Baldree

International

6

Dragon Boat Z—UNG

Liz French

Collegiate

8

ACP / CAEA

Mike Song

Recreational

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23 250 m

9:46 AM 10:06 AM 24 250 m

9:53 AM 10:13 AM 25 250 m

10:00 AM 10:20 AM 26 250 m

1 3

Khmer Angkor Wat—CAAG

Manirith Nuth

5

AT&T No Texting While Paddling

Richard Fung–A–Fat

International

7

LCKC Baby Dragons

Kalen Scholz

Recreational

2 4

Mekong Dragons

Sam Sith

Southeast Asia

Team Phoenix

Erica Jong

Recreational

6

Georgia State University

Kimberly Griffin

Collegiate

8

AT&T Internet of Things

Manny Skaris

Recreational

1 3

HD Orange Dragons

Carrie Hsu

Financial

Ascend Atlanta—Pan Am Leaders

Elizabeth Nunes

Financial

5

AT&T GigaPower

Richard Stokes

International

7

PEPSICO I

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

2 4

Accenture

Victoria Filipowski

Recreational

Vietnamese Student Association

Collegiate

6

Wells Fargo Bank

Leyna Nguyen / Qui Ho Howard Cheong

1 3

UPS Expedited

Hwa Lew

International

Kennesaw 1

Ken Jin

Collegiate

5

Jackson EMC Power Paddlers

Elke Yath

Open—Women

7

SACA Golden Dragon

Kitt Noythanongsay

Recreational

2 4

NAAAP / SIEMENS I

Daming Ng

Recreational

Cambodia Phnom Penh

Sorin Yen

International

6

Lakers—CVB

Renee Carden

Open—Mixed

8

PCOM

Christopher Pitts

Collegiate

1 3

AT&T Cricket

Yakun Gao

Recreational

Rubbermaid Professional

Kin Ly

Manufacturing

5

AT&T Dragonistas

Pauline Finnell

Open—Women

7

Atlanta Canoe Club

Jim Chaffin

Open—Men

2 4

Ga Tech Pandragons

Liangyu Tao

Collegiate

TAAG

Michael Guo

Recreational

6

Mercer ASIA

Hyun Lee

Collegiate

8

ZF Gainesville

David Haack

Recreational

1 3

Taiwanese American Dragon Slayers

Michael Wang

Recreational

Hisense USA #2

Maryann Heiberger

International

5

Cherokee Harrahs

Martha Williams

Recreational

7

Lakeview Academy

Angie Cooper

Recreational

2 4

Ga Tech TASA

Andrew Huang

Collegiate

NAAAP / SIEMENS II

Daming Ng

Recreational

6

DHL

Bee Intakanok

Open—Mixed

8

Clemson Tigers

Nicholas Lor

Collegiate

1 3

SACA Golden Men

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Men

PEPSICO II

Vincent Payne

Manufacturing

5

Organized Chaos

Teri Hufford

Open—Mixed

7

NACA

James Mildoon/ Zhongbei Yuan Jonathan Rivera

Open—Mixed

18

Southeast Asia

Financial

8 10:07 AM 10:27 AM 27 250 m

10:14 AM 10:34 AM 28 250 m

10:21 AM 10:41 AM 29 250 m

10:28 AM 10:48 AM 30 250 m

10:35 AM 10:55 AM 31 250 m

10:42 AM 11:02 AM 32 250 m

10:49 AM 11:09 AM 33 250 m

10:56 AM 11:16 AM 34 250 m

Recreational

2 4

Tampa Blade Runners Kennesaw 2

Ken Jin

Collegiate

6

Delta Airlines

Paul Rogers

Recreational

8

Agnes Scott College Scotties

Kristian Contreras

Collegiate

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11:03 AM 11:23 AM 35 250 m

11:10 AM 11:30 AM 36 250 m

1 3

Be Vegan, Make Peace

5 7 2 4 6

Steve Won

Recreational

UPS Express

Tuan Pham

International

WACATL Young Leaders Green Dragons

Paulina Guzman

Collegiate

Hisense USA #1

Maryann Heiberger

International

Wat Lao Sattha Dhamma

Seng Thammavongsa

Southeast Asia

LCKC Super Dragons

Jim O’Dell

Open—Mixed

8

The Longstreet Clinic

Rene Ward

Recreational

2 4

SACA Golden Men

Kitt Noythanongsay

Open—Men

6

19

500 Meter Race 11:19 AM 11:39 AM 37

11:26 AM 11:46 AM 38

500

500

LCKC Super Dragons

Jim O’Dell

Open—Mixed

8

Lakers—CVB

Renee Carden

Open—Mixed

1 3

DHL

Bee Intakanok

Open—Mixed

Atlanta Canoe Club

Jim Chaffin

Open—Men

5

LCKC Baby Dragons

Kalen Scholz

Open—Mixed

7 11:33 AM 11:53 AM 39

500

2 4

Jackson EMC Power Paddlers

Elke Yath

Open—Women

AT&T Dragonistas

Pauline Finnell

Open—Women

6

Tampa Blade Runners

Jonathan Rivera

Open—Mixed

8

Organized Chaos

Teri Hufford

Open—Mixed

Opening Ceremonies & Lunch: 12:00 PM 250 Meter Finals and 2,000 Meter Race Start Lists will be distributed on Saturday. They are determined by your time in the heats (for 250 Meter Finals) and your time in the 500 Meter Races (for the 2,000 Meter Races).

20th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival of Atlanta Saturday, September 12, 2015, Lake Lanier

Special Thanks and Appreciation To All Volunteers, Participating Teams, & Our Sponsors. And a very special welcome to Mr. Steve Barclay, Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (NY)

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York 115 East 54th Street New York, NY 10022 Tel (212) 752-3320 Fax (212) 752-3395 www.hketony.gov.hk List Updated on September 4, 2015 at 11:33 AM


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Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club

—a living legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games—

! Congratulates !

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York & Hong Kong Information Center of Atlanta

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on twenty years of the Atlanta Dragonboat Festival!

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Special thanks to Gene Hanratty, Steve Barclay and all of the past HKETO New York Directors for your dedication and support of Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club’s programs. And thank you to the festival’s board of directors for all their efforts and hard work.

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Thank you for choosing the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. And thank you to all the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival Sponsors over the past twenty years—we couldn’t do it without you!

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Dragon Boat Atlanta - the only Breast Cancer Team in Georgia By Nancy Crawford Dragon Boat Atlanta (DBA) was formed in February of 2004 by Beverly Booth to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Paddling is a form of rehabilitation for Survivors as it helps with the upper body movement and strength training after surgery. It is also a great support group. We are all in the same boat we’ve been there and done that. DBA also paddles with supporters who love us and the sport. They are with us all the way and understand some can’t move the same way they do. That rotation is sometimes not an option after surgery. Our very first race was at the Hong Kong Festival here in Atlanta in September 2004. We were all so excited yet scared, how we would do? Could we finish the race? We all knew if we could make it to the start line we were winners, we survived Cancer didn’t we. That day was awesome. My greatest pleasure was beating a college team. We beat those young guns. I cried when I crossed the finish line,

I couldn’t believe what we had just done. Since that first race DBA has paddled Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana in the US and Vancouver, Windsor and Peterborough in Canada. We hope to paddle in Florence Italy at the next International Breast Cancer race where there will be over 100 BCS teams. There will be pink everywhere you look. Florence will not know what hit them. We thank the Hong Kong Association for letting us experience Dragon Boat Racing. It will forever be a part of our lives, if not in the boat in our memories. If you know of any survivor who may be interested in joining us please have them go to our web site www.dragonboatatlanta.org, call our cell 678-956-0062 and leave a message, look us up on Meet Up or stop by our tent at this year’s festival. Don’t forget, we love our supporters too!

Come join us some time, we work hard yet have fun. DBA has two boats of their own, a 10 and 20 seaters so there will

be room for you.

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AT&T Dragon Boat Atlanta Experience

By Kevin Boothe AT&T has been fortunate to have had a team since 1995, the first year of the festival in Atlanta. Somehow, the team squeaked out a win, earning an invitation to the National races in Flushing, NY about a month later. A small group of four employees from the team, and their spouses, scrambled to make reservations and trekked up to New York for the race. In New York, paddlers from the AT&T New Jersey team filled the remaining seats in the 20 seat teak boat. That was an exhilarating, but eye-opening experience, and led to one of the team members building a 12-seat

training shortly after returning to Atlanta. That boat is now a 20-seat boat, after an expansion. At AT&T, employee co-ed teams were recruited and just enough practices were held to secure wins for the next 5 years, in spite of several fearsome challenges. After winning in a photo finish, the team began practicing in March to avoid another nail biter, and actually had ice in the bottom of the boat by the end of practice. One year, the team placed 3rd in New York, the highest placement accomplishment.

We were quite thrilled, considering we were a co-ed crew and were racing against mostly all men’s teams in the open division that generally practiced year-round. In recent years, one of AT&T’s employee resource groups, Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement (APCA), has stepped up to champion AT&T participation in the annual festival. One of the goals of APCA is to increase diversity awareness within our corporation and community. This has offered significant opportunities for both employees and AT&T. In addition to promoting the AT&T brand, products and services worldwide; we have been able to demonstrate AT&T’s commitment to the Asian community.

Benefits which our employees have realized from our practice sessions and participating in the festival are: • Building stronger work team as they develop relationships with other paddlers. • Networking with paddlers and leveraging that contact on the job, for support. • Develop mentee /mentor relationships • Offer an activity to involve the family • Offer opportunities for employees to get involved with our ERG groups and the many volunteering events. All of the AT&T employees who have been fortunate enough to participate in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival over the last 20 years have found it to be a richly rewarding multi-cultural experience.


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