The Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) is the National Sports Association (NSA) for the sport of dragon boat in Singapore.
SDBA is a member of:
The Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) is the National Sports Association (NSA) for the sport of dragon boat in Singapore. It is a member of International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF), Asian Dragon Boat Federation (ADBF), South East Asian Traditional Boat Association (SEATBA) and Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
To develop sporting excellence in the sport of Dragon Boat and to cultivate mass participation in the sport
Dragon Boat Racing was first introduced to Singapore in 1978 when Hong Kong invited Singapore to participate in their annual dragon boat races. In the same year, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), now known as Sport Singapore (SportSG), organised the first dragon boat competition in Singapore, which saw the participation from 25 local teams.
Due to the team values of dragon boat (i.e. teamwork, bonding, synergy, unity, etc.) the sport became popular with both government and private organizations. The People’s Association (PA) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) were critical frontrunners in the early years, by providing critical assistance in leadership, management and organizational know how for developing the sport.
As dragon boat grew steadily in magnitude and complexity, it was inevitable that adequate and proper governance became necessary. As such in 1987, the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) was formed. SDBA was quickly put to organising, promoting and co-ordinate all dragon boat activities in Singapore.
SDBA has grown from a modest start with 19 Affiliates in 1987 to 110 Affiliates as of 2023. There are also close to 10,000 card-carrying dragon boaters (members) in 2020, with about 80% actively competing in locally organized races.
SDBA has been also actively increasing the number of competitive events. In 1989, SDBA only organized 2 major competitions – the Singapore International Dragon Boat Invitational Races and the Singapore River Regatta. Now, we have several:
On the international scene, SDBA is also responsible for the National Dragon Boat Team. Dragon Boat is competed in the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), first introduced in 1989 as Traditional Boat Racing (rebranded due to cultural sensitivity among some Southeast Asian nations). Singapore also participates in the Asian Games (AG), when dragon boat racing was first introduced there starting at the 16th AG in 2010. Singapore is also a regular participant in both the International and Asian Dragon Boat Championships.
SDBA therefore looks forward to further promoting as well as improving the standards and quality of the sport in Singapore. We hope that you become part of this exciting drive.
Senior Minister and Coordinating
Minister for National Security
|1||Mr Alex Yeo Sheng Chye||President|
|3||Mr Choi Pui Chau, Gordon||Senior Vice-President (Mass Participation)|
|4||Mr Tok Hock Soon||Senior Vice-President (Performance Maximization)|
|5||Mr Chia Yi Liang||Vice-President (High Performance)|
|6||Ms Huang Xiao Man, Apple||Vice-President (Technical & Certification)|
|7||Mr Alan Tan Hock Seng||Vice-President (Safety & Education)|
|8||Dr Dexter Chan Yak Seng||Vice-President (Publicity & Promotion)|
|9||Mr Clement Leong Yew Loon||Vice-President (Sports Talent Development)|
|11||Mr Ethan Wong Ee Chan||Honorary Treasurer|
|12||Mr Tony Leong Pak Keong||Assistant Secretary-General|
|13||Ms Amanda Lai Tzyy Ei||Assistant Honorary Treasurer|
|14||Mr Andreas Kasteal||Australian Chamber of Commerce|
|15||Mr Bruno Spence||British Chamber of Commerce|
|16||Mr Dharmalingam Sokalingam||People’s Association|
|17||Ms Althea Pabillore||American Dragons (Singapore)|
|18||Ms Ivyna Tan||Nanyang Technological University|
SDBA’s latest Annual Report and Financial Statements, which have been approved at the Annual General Meeting for this Financial year, can be accessed via the document links below.