Lela Cheteria ‘A’ victorious in Traditional Boat Race

Fadhil Yunus

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office presented the championship trophy to Lela Cheteria ‘A’, the winner of the 30-Rower Traditional Boat Race in the morning session of the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2019 yesterday.

Home favourite Lela Cheteria ‘A’ fended the challenge of invited teams to ensure that one of the main titles in the iconic Brunei Darussalam Regatta remains on home soil.

Laksamana Sinampuan closely tracked down Lela Cheteria who was race leader and both teams showed great rivalry in the quest of taking the biggest event of the morning session. The other team in the top three was Pasukan Olahraga Dayang Seluruh Indonesia (PODSI) Kalimantan Barat.

The home crowd enjoyed Lela Cheteria making waves with their energetic and solid rowing in front of their challengers including defending champions Laksamana Sinampuan.

The local team finally beat Laksamana Sinampuan to the finish line while the Indonesian rowers secured third place.

“The Lela Cheteria team has undergone a lot of solid training what more when the time for regatta gets closer. From the efforts of everyone standing shoulder to shoulder with each other, this is the main root of victory in favour of Lela Cheteria,” said team leader Pengarah Haji Ibrahim bin Haji Mohd Yussof.

The team leader highlighted that there are little to choose from in which team that would emerge victorious considering the strength of the competition.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office presents a trophy to the winner of the 20-Rower Private Companies Fibreglass Boat Race category – Setia Protective Security Services. – PHOTO: INFOFOTO
Winner of the 30-Rower Traditional Boat Race category of the Brunei Darussalam Regatta 2019 – Lela Cheteria ‘A’. – PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

He continued, “Certainly, we cannot deny that participants in this event are difficult to say who would win and who would not. All participants in the competition are very good. Alhamdulillah, the event belonged to Lela Cheteria.”

The team leader also attributed a high level of discipline and teamwork as the main ingredients to their success before adding that there are other strong local teams in the country.

Lela Cheteria has also been active in the regional circuit including an international dragon boat race in Johor where they competed against teams from Singapore, Japan and Canada. The local team was also placed second in the 5,000m mixed event in the competition.

Meanwhile, Setia Protective Security Services (SPSS) is slowly ushering in an era of dominance in the 20-Rower Private Companies Fibreglass Boat Race category after winning the event for a third time.

Alhamdulillah, the Setia Protective Security Services has won the event for a third time and we are delighted to win,” said Deputy Manager of SPSS Mohd Azri bin Md Azahari.

“For SPSS, we are well aware that every team that takes part every year will make solid training, which is no different to us. We have made preparations along the Brunei River and we reinforced our training to compete against other teams.”

The team’s deputy manager shared that it took a best part of almost two months of training in preparation for the Brunei Darussalam Regatta.

Asked if they welcomed any changes to their training sessions this year, he replied, “The SPSS improved our training given that this year the companies that are taking part are improving. The SPSS also improved our training procedure and the technical areas in order to retain the title.”

The deputy manager added that their time of three minutes is satisfactory and hoped that they will make better time revisions.

Other winners included Laksamana Sinampuan Lawas in the 15-Rower Under-30 Youth Fibreglass Boat Race category; Prime Minister’s Office in the 25-Rower Inter-Ministry Traditional Boat Race; Juang Team ‘A’ in the 25-Rower Open Traditional Boat Race and the Temburong District in the 20-Rower Inter-District Fibreglass Boat Race.