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Dacula resident to race in World Dragon Boat Championships
Laos native missed the cut in 2014, but now will paddle dragon boat with Team USA
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Enoy Chanlyvong races a dragon boat during the 2017 Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Lanier. Chanlyvong drives from Dacula at least twice a week to train on the water with Team USA in preparation for the 2018 World Dragon Boat Championship. - photo by DCN regional staff
Growing up in Laos gave Enoy Chanlyvong every opportunity he needed to fall in love with dragon boat racing. But it never stuck. Each year, he watched others from the village he lived in cut down a tree and carve a dragon boat out of it. His family made their way to the United States when he was 8 years old, but it wasn’t until he was about 35 that he found a passion for dragon boating. “Some friends were trying to race the (Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival held at Lake Lanier) … and they didn’t have a good team,” said Chanlyvong, 44, a Dacula resident. “He was trying to build his team again and gave me and my brother a call, and ever since then, me and my brother are still at it.”