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..
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, Captain needed someone loud and passionate to become a drummer. See above, I was perfect for the role 😉
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 that 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 are One of a kind 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 paddle and so trained up for 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 will 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