Last year we – the FLS – took part in the Dragon Boat Race for the first time as a mixed team consisting of employees from FLS and GRP. Besides the great ambition to do well, the main focus was on having fun. In order to share this fun with others, FLS decided to support the youth team “FLS Pirates” this year. With an average age of 16 years, the youth team was the youngest team in the entire competition and was even able to assert itself well. Paul Scholz, the team captain of the “FLS Pirates”, tells us about the experiences of the youth team:
What kind of team are you?
Our team consists mainly of my circle of friends, even if some of them already know each other. Either from the previous year, or from school, football club or the like.
What is the composition of your team?
It’s different every year. Sometimes more boys, sometimes more girls.
What makes you different from other teams?
In general we are different from the other teams because we were the youngest team again. Otherwise perhaps the even greater ambition to beat the other teams, precisely because we are the youngest team.
Why do you participate?
Basically, because we enjoy it a lot. But of course also because my father – and our water sports club – organise it. Since my friends know him and how much work he does, we want to reward him for his hard work and expand the starting field with our team.
How long have you been with us?
This year we were there for the 3rd time. So since 2016.
How did it come to your name?
We thought about it: What fits to “water” and (dragon-) “boat”? We came to the conclusion that the name “Pirates” is very appropriate, because pirates – as everyone knows – do not shy away from any challenge on the high seas against wind and waves. Just as we don’t shy away from any challenge at the dragon boat race!
What is your strategy?
Of course, I can’t give it away so easily now… I say: Paddle over the finish line as fast as possible and preferably first.
What do you like about the event?
Like every year, the organisation was very successful. Once again everything has been thought of so that nobody could have died of hunger, thirst or been bored. But also the organisation before the race was great.
What do you think about your ranking?
I think that being the youngest team to become 11th out of 31 teams is something to be proud of. But of course we want more!
And next year?
Next year, of course, we’ll be there again. The preparations are already underway and then of course we want to paddle at least into the top 10. Preferably with the FLS as sponsor again.