| James Kon |
DEFENDING champion the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) team for the 2015 Brunei Regatta – which is scheduled to take place this Sunday – received a morale boost yesterday when they received jerseys handed over by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources.
A total of 35 paddlers from MIPR will compete in the regatta’s seven events and categories that include the 25 paddlers among ministries; 20 paddlers among ministries; 15 paddlers among ministries; 25 paddlers open; 30 paddlers marathon; 20 paddlers international and 15 paddlers international.
In an interview, the captain of the MIPR team, Mohamad bin Mail, remarked that this year’s regatta will be a tightly contested affair. “It won’t be easy to repeat (their success)… because some of the (other) teams started their training much earlier than us,” he said.
He also cited the age factor as a draw-back, as the MIPR team currently has only three paddlers below 30 years of age while a majority of them are above 40.
Despite these shortcomings, the captain vowed that his team will do their best to take home the trophies in all the categories.
The MIPR team has the advantage of vast experience, winning trophies in Singapore, Sabah, Kuching, Lawas and Limbang.
By competing again in the regatta, the team hopes to gain more experience and exposure while testing their discipline.
Also present at the handover ceremony yesterday were the Permanent Secretary and Deputy Permanent Secretary at MIPR as well as other officials from the ministry.