Vice Captain Interview: Ting “Pouting At” Yau

As part of the new setup at Windy Pandas in the 2012 season, Ting Yau is now the new Vice Captain. Here are some questions to get to know a little bit about Ting, her passion for Dragon Boating and advice for the G5’s..

Here goes..

Q: Describe yourself in three words.
A: Determined, passionate and loud

Q: Your Favourite all time film?
A: This question is always hard, as there isnt just one! I’ll say Love Actually and Star Trek…..yes, you heard me right!

Q: You’re marooned on a dessert island, what 3 essential items would you take with you?
A: Bikini, Shades and sunscreen LOL…I can survive with a great tan!

Q: What was your first job?
A: Ever?? Child labour at age of 10 in our Takeaway….well weren’t we all!? If you’re talking paid job…working in a metal tin factory making the lids for wine bottle cylinders. Yes, it’s shocking I’m an alcoholic now…

Q: How did you first join the Pandas? Do you remember your first impressions?
A: Generation One,Ā Captain needed someone loud and passionate to become a drummer. See above, I was perfect for the role šŸ˜‰

Q: Remember your first race?
A: I remember our first major final at our first ever event screaming to the finishline, causing a frenzy of paddling that nearly capsized us but we luckily balanced it out to 2nd place. What a rush!

Q: …and your first dunk?
A: Yeah the bunch of wusses thatĀ call themselves Men could not ungrip me from the side railings to dunk me in. I gave up fighting from boredom and let them chuck me in! Wusses!

Q: Why do you think you are still paddling for the Windy Pandas?
A: It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of something as great as the Pandas. Theres nothing like the bonding, teamwork and Fun

Q: The squad is getting bigger every year, why do you think other people want to join WP?
A: We areĀ OneĀ of a kindĀ on the Dragonboating circuit! We KNOW how to have fun and be competitive at the same time.

Q: According to your definition of success, how successful do you think WP have been so far?
A: 5 years on….thats pretty damn successful!

Q: Back to your role this season. Why did you decide to take up the Vice Captain role?
A: Once Cappy reassured me the role wasnt as daunting as initially thought and reminding me that my Love for Pandas was good enough reason as any to become Vice, I was happy to come on board and spread my Love around!

Q: What are you going to bring to the Windy Pandas in 2012?
A: Passion, Excitement, Competitiveness and a little bit of Craaaazzzy!

Q: Tell me about the worst moment of your WP career?
A: Second year and retired from Drumming, I wanted to paddleĀ and so trained up forĀ London Rotary. It came to the final line up and Captain took me aside and told me I wasnt selected to race! I was well upset and even cried…what a baby lol. Hey its passion ;p Looking back I thought I was better than I was but he made the right decision…..well maybe ;p

Q: ..and the best?
A: The elation I felt winning our first race in Year 4! Paddling our hearts out passing the finish line and turning back to check we were the first…that moment was priceless. I lost my voice screaming and cheering!

Q: Any advice to upcoming G5’s or any newbies looking to join?
A: Remember to always enjoy yourselves! You will love the fun but hope you willĀ come to love the sport too!

Q: What does your nickname come from or has any special meaning?
A: Err have you not seen my pics!!?? Dont worry I’ll gladly demonstrate, don’t even have to ask! ;D

Q: Finally, if a film was made about your life, which famous actor would play you and why?
A: Julia Roberts. Sexy, got attitude, little erratic. She Pouts!

Vice Captain Ting “Pouting At” Yau