13 May 2019
On the 11th May, we were off to Liverpool for the annual North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race!

A team of 17, made up of Lancaster University students, staff, alumni, and members of the public, eagerly joined Confucius Institute staff in a trip to Liverpool Watersports Centre, to take part in an annual Dragon Boat Race against teams from Liverpool University, Wigan and Leigh College, Edge Hill University, and UCLan. We could not have asked for nicer weather on the day, and everyone involved were raring to go! Most of our team had only ever been in a Dragon Boat once before, but despite this, everyone was in high spirits and were extremely excited about the race.

Each team took part in 3 heats to determine their best times, and then 2 final races were taken to decide overall winners. Each time our team came back in after a heat, it was clear just how involved our members were, with everyone discussing their rowing techniques and ways to stay in time when rowing. We all arrived simply looking forward to a day having fun out on the water, as the day progressed, but it was still great to see the competitiveness growing in our team members.

Despite their enthusiasm and incredible effort, sadly it just wasn't our year. The 2 defending champion teams from UCLan, and Wigan & Leigh College once again came out on top, with Lancaster coming 4th. However, we were thrilled to see our team triumph in the Minor Final race against the hosts, Liverpool, and the Confucius Institute staff have nothing but praise and thanks to all of our team members for their hard work and passion! We have already had members from this year's team declare their wish to help us do even better in next year's race, and we can't wait to see what we can do! We would also like to thank all of our many supporters, who were kind enough to come along to watch our team- it was wonderful to see how many people were happy to spend their time coming to cheer us on.

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