Student takes part in World Dragon Boat Championships

August 13 / 117

PhD student Thomas Lung (second from the right on the bottom row) and team members.
PhD student Thomas Lung (second from the right on the bottom row) and team members.

PhD student Thomas Lung has represented Australia at the 11th World Dragonboat Championships.

Mr Lung received an international travel sports grant from the University to participate in the Dragon Boat Championship.

The championships were held from 20 to 24 July in Szeged, Hungary.

Mr Lung, who has been competing in Dragon Boat races for three years, was part of the Premier Opens crew that won a silver medal for Australia in the Open 10s 200m category. Russia was awarded first place and Hong Kong placed third.

“I loved my experience at the World Championships. Competing against all the different countries in the world was amazing and made all the training worthwhile,” he said.

“Coming second was an amazing achievement and I feel really proud to have represented my country.”

Mr Lung is in the third year of his PhD in Health Economics in the School of Population and Global Health.

He said time management is key to balancing his studies with athletics.

Mr Lung said athletics had always been a major part of his life.

“I played a lot of sport growing up. I played competitive soccer, tennis and athletics all throughout high school and continued playing soccer at a competitive level during university,” he said.

“Next year is the Asian Championships in Macau, and so the focus is to work hard in the gym to get stronger and prepare myself for the upcoming season."

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