On January 15th 2011, a preview of the MFW 2011 was be kicked off with a charity fundraising gala in support of the Singapore Dragon Boat Association.
About Dragon Boating in Singapore
Dragon boat racing was first introduced to Singapore in 1978 when Hong Kong invited Singapore to participate in the Hong Kong Races. In the same year, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) organised the first dragon boat competition in Singapore. The races in 1978 were confined to only local participants and attracted 25 teams.
Since then, the SSC had continued to organise the races annually with financial support from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Currently other organisations such as the People’s Association (PA) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) also play an important role in assisting in the organisation and promotion of the sport. The sport has grown steadily over the last 20 years and since 1979, it has become an annual international sporting event in Singapore’s events calendar.