31 Jul '13, 1pm
“We had a boatful of 10 deaf paddlers. Nothing is impossible.” — Alfred Yeo of ... - Red Sports
The team has grown from its initial group of four to 22 members today with 17 deaf paddlers. (Photo 1 by Elaine Teo. Courtesy of Ryan Ng) As Alfred Yeo and his teammates raised their paddles and waited for the start of their race, their eyes were transfixed on their drummer. They needed to, because all of them are deaf. The Deaf Dragons, who finished fourth in the community invitational final at the 2013 DBS Marina Regatta, made history by fielding the first all-deaf dragon boat crew in Singapore. Most of the paddlers have profound deafness, which means that they can only hear sounds above 90 decibels. In a sports like dragon boating, which relies heavily on sound cues, the team had to adapt. “The drummer uses visual cues to signal the start of the race and for other cues like last charge, our team utilises the vibrations from the drum to let the team know when to do the l...