Out2Paddle WINS Back2Back GOLD Medals!!! by Out2Paddle - about 5 years ago
"AQUA-DC (Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action), competed in the 2009 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival this past weekend (May 16th and 17th). This annual event held at the beautiful Georgetown waterfront turned the Potomac River into an arena of stamina and speed. Boats painted to resemble dragons lined up to sprint over distances of 250 and 500 meters. At their 4th year at the festival, AQUA-DC's team Out2Paddle, stunned the competition by winning back to back gold medals in the festival's 200m and 500m Open A Division races. The team of paddlers consisted of 20 gay men as well as a straight female ally who was the team's drummer. Being the first and only gay team, Out2Paddle was known for their quirky cheers, unique stretching techniques (such as a round of team Twister) and jeweled crowns, but never as serious competitors. Normally ranking in the festival's lower B Division, this was the first time the team has ever qualified and sequentially won in the highest Open A Division. With the help of CustomInk, we were able to win while still looking good!"