Students take second spot in Dragon race

The team before the race.
The team before the race.

A team of 20 Lancaster University students, staff and community members braved the heavy rain and wind to take home second place at the North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Competition.

The annual set of races, held to celebrate the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival,included teams from five universities.

The team, drawn from across Lancashire and Cumbria, was sponsored by the Lancaster University Confucius Institute. As part of this year’s preparation, the team also partnered with Paddlers For Life, a Cumbria-based charity for cancer survivors.

Team members Jill Brumand and Sandra Maloney were both new to dragon boats but were keen to try and learn more about a traditional Chinese sport.

Sandra said: “Competing in a dragon boat competition was definitely one of the highlights of my time at Lancaster! The amazing women and men from Paddlers for Life taught us all we needed to know and it was because of their coaching and encouragement that we did so well in the race.”

Jill added: “It was exciting to see everyone come together and work as a team. We worked so hard and it was a fantastic experience.”

On the back of the team’s success, Lancaster University Confucius Institute hopes to host the next instalment of the annual races on the River Lune in May 2015.