親切龍舟隊誕生! The Rise of TREATS Dragon Boat Team!


親切龍舟隊誕生!
The rise of TREATS Dragon Boat team!

「划龍舟最重要是齊心、齊槳、齊力!」教練的勉勵為親切龍舟隊的訓練揭開序幕。

「入、拉、抽、回」是划龍舟所需的四個動作,對首次接觸龍舟的18位隊員來說,是個不簡單的任務。隊員中有商界義工,親切義工、學校社工、親切職員及9位輕度智障的年青人。上了龍舟、下了水,18個人1條心,教練明言態度最重要,再來是合拍度,最後才是力度。

要與隊友找到同步的節奏,義工阿豐在首節訓練已加緊與拍檔傲煬協調。14歲的傲煬有自閉症及專注力不足的問題,划龍舟講求與隊友齊上齊落,偏偏他卻容易分心停槳。「教練要求我們一次要划50槳,但傲煬的個人最高紀錄只有10槳,之後會停下來看天望海,所以我初時都擔心我們會拖累整隊的進度。」細心的阿豐其後與傲煬相處的過程中嘗試慢慢了解他的特性,第二次訓練時就事先與傲煬制定練習目標,強調堅持的重要性;落水後阿豐不僅會保持與其他隊友的合拍度,亦會密切觀察傲煬,當他一有分心跡象,阿豐就會大聲提醒:「眼望前方!」,反覆的講解令傲煬漸漸投入划龍舟當中,他的進步亦振興了隊友們的士氣。其他義工笑言:「好鼓舞!知道阿豐在短時間內已經與傲煬建立默契,令我和拍檔都想更努力,大家一起提升龍舟隊的水準。」

除了拍檔阿豐,給予傲煬力量的,還有風雨不改、每場訓練都在岸上為他打氣的媽媽和婆婆。媽媽坦言:「兒子語言能力弱,向來沈默寡言,加入親切龍舟隊令他有機會與主流人士參與團隊運動,我沒想到傲煬在第二次訓練時已經會主動跟義工打招呼,我覺得他在我心目中已是冠軍!」

與傲煬媽媽一樣,不少義工對能障隊友的能力都大感驚喜,因此常讚賞及鼓勵他們,但有時候卻因對能障人士的固有印象,即使發現他們不留心或偶而偷懶時,亦會處處包容。隊長嘉萱說:「感謝教練及義工們對能障青年的耐性及體諒,但他們應相信能障年青人的潛能,不應甘於現狀。我認為最重要的是鼓勵他們努力尋求突破,不只需要完成賽事的決心,應以團隊獲勝為終極目標!」

得到各界的支持和鼓勵,我們期望親切龍舟隊在6月7 日端午節的比賽中能取得佳績,讓公眾見證不同能力、背景的隊員亦能成為合拍的夢幻團隊!

"Unity, determination and strength are the most important factors about dragon boating!" The encouragement from the coach has been inspirational for TREATS Dragon Boat team since the first training session.

The team consists of volunteers from corporate and TREATS, staff from TREATS, a social worker and 9 teenagers with mild mental challenge. Once they get on the dragon boat, they are no longer individual sportsman but a single team as said by the coach - attitude is the key for the team, then it comes to the level of cooperation, and finally their strength.

Yeung is a 14-year-old autistic youth and has difficulty in concentrating. During the first training session, it is obvious that he was easily distracted by the surroundings. In the second training, Fung has already set goals in advance with Yeung and highlighted the importance of determination. He has also kept reminding Yeung to focus on the pace and rhythm with teammates as well as looking in front throughout the whole practice. The performance of Yeung has been gradually improved and this has also motivated the whole team to work harder. “Their teamwork was really inspiring as they have developed a close bond within a very short period of time. I will also work harder with my buddy and together we can lead the team to a better level!” said by another volunteer.

Yeung's mother and grandmother, who accompanied and cheered for him on every training session, has been another source of strength for Yeung. Yeung’s mother said that he has always been a quiet kid due to his weak verbal ability. “I am grateful that my son had the opportunity to be part of the dragon boat team with the mainstream teammates.” She smiled and said. “What surprised me so far was that Yeung has already taken the initiative to greet other teammates on the second training session. He’s already a champion in my heart!”

Ka Shun, the team captain, cherished the patience and understanding offered by the coach and mainstream teammates. “Nevertheless, I hoped that they could develop more confidence in the potential of the youth as well as encouraging them to strive for breakthroughs” said Ka Shun. For her, she did not only expect the team to complete the race, but also to win the competition as the ultimate accomplishment.

With the support and encouragement received, TREATS dragon boat team will do their best in the race on Dragon Boat Festival on June 7th while the public would be able to discover the abilities of team members with different abilities and backgrounds as a dream team!

阿豐 (左) 與傲煬
Fung (left) & Yeung

第一次上龍舟訓練!First time to ride on Dragon Boat!

義工阿豐事先與傲煬制定練習目標
Fung was setting training goals with Yeung