Stony Brook Pleasure was proven in full on the eighth Annual Port Jefferson Village Dragon Boat Racing Competition on Saturday, September seventeenth. The day-long occasion, held at Harbourfront Park, featured almost two dozen groups vying for bragging rights.
This 12 months’s race marked the primary time that Stony Brook had two groups – stone Brock College sea wolves and Stony Brook Medication – Compete within the pageant. Greater than 40 undergraduate and graduate college students, medical and dental college students, college, in addition to physicians and healthcare professionals from Stony Brook College Hospital have served in groups and raced in three races towards crews from throughout Lengthy Island and New York. The dragon boat is rowed by 20 folks plus a drummer.
For the primary time in seven years, the Seawolves earned a gold medal in Division C with a burst of vitality and spirit to win. Regardless of stiff competitors and being their first 12 months in rowing, the medical group took house a bronze medal in Division B. Sheryl Chambers, Affiliate Dean of College students and Director of Multicultural Affairs, together with Judy Jackies, Affiliate Director of Multicultural Affairs, directed the Seawolves group. Erica Karp, a group relations consultant at Stony Brook College Hospital, directed the medical group.
“Our college students, college and workers benefit from the camaraderie with the competing race groups and the chance to study Asian tradition throughout the pageant,” Chambers mentioned. “We’re grateful to the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce for making this occasion attainable.”
Along with the race, Stony Brook contributors had ample alternatives to community and study one another’s work. Bands loved cultural leisure, together with performances by Stony Brook College’s Taiko Tides, a standard Japanese drum troupe. Meals vans lined up on the entrance, and local people companies supplied data and presents at their tables.
“It is a fantastic alternative to satisfy with different members of the SBU group,” mentioned Catherine Hackett, College of Well being Professions Workers Assistant within the Occupational Remedy Program.
Hackett labored with Antoine Chiu, a first-year medical pupil on the Renaissance Medical College, as co-leader of the Stony Brook Medication group. Whereas no paddling expertise is required, Hackett and Chiu are expert paddlers and have helped information their group members on the water. Chiu was even a member of the US nationwide group.
Sam Tran, a sophomore psychology main for the Seawolves, mentioned she determined to take part as a result of she beforehand loved kayaking along with her household. Nevertheless, this was the primary time she had participated in such a contest.
“The entire pageant – it was a lot enjoyable,” Tran mentioned.
Laurent Crawford, an administrative assistant within the Workplace of Finance and Administration at Al-Nahda College College of Medication on the medical group, echoed Tran’s sentiments.
“It is good to be outdoors and benefit from the ambiance,” Crawford mentioned.
Stony Brook participated within the Dragon Boat Race sponsored by the President’s Workplace, College Group Relations Workplace, Hospital, and Workplace of Intercultural Affairs. The pageant is hosted by Nice Port Jefferson Chamber of CommerceThese embody Stony Brook College and Stony Brook College Hospital.
– Erica Karp