A morning on the water with the DBS Asia Dragons Ladies Team offers an insight into their search for harmony

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The Straits Times assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath joins the DBS dragon boat ladies team during their practice session.
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SINGAPORE - "Paddles up."

It's like a war cry, an order to prepare, a prelude to pain. The yeller of this instruction is standing at the back of the dragon boat, holding a wooden rudder which looks old enough to have been used in ancient Egyptian war galleys. Her name is Lim Xiaowei and she's 30, charming, a national dragonboater, coach of the DBS Asia Dragons Ladies Team and has the decisive tone of a commanding officer. She is the coxswain on this Sunday and in every way she gives us direction.

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