'Oarsome' teams of dragons needed to take to the water - The Leamington Observer

'Oarsome' teams of dragons needed to take to the water

Leamington Editorial 10th Jul, 2017   0

DRAGONS are set to race down the River Avon in aid of The Myton Hospices.

Organisers Warwick Avon Rotary Club are calling on ‘oarsome’ teams to take part in the races on Sunday September 17 from 10am to 5pm to raise money for the charity. Groups of 16 people plus a drummer can enter.

Each team will take part in three races down the 200 metre course and the fastest four teams will go head-to-head in a final timed race for glory.

Rotary club spokesman Norman Byrne said: “Dragon Boat racing is an exciting spectacle and with around 400 competitors, plus hundreds of onlookers lining both banks of the River Avon, it should be a great family day out.

“As in previous years the main beneficiary will be The Myton Hospices with Birmingham Children’s Hospital also receiving support from the event. The event has grown each year and for 2017 we are hoping to have 24 teams competing.

“There will be a barbecue and drinks stalls and all proceeds will also be donated to our nominated charities.”

And it is not just about being the fastest team on the river – competitors are encouraged to wear fancy dress.

Teams are also encouraged to raise their own sponsorship and there will be a trophy for the team which raises the most money for the two charities.

No previous experience of dragon boat racing is necessary – participants must be aged over 14 and able to swim – and Warwick Boats is offering practice sessions for teams which want to make sure they are paddling in time.

Entry costs £400 per team.

Contact Norman on 01926 886332 to enter a team, and Warwick Boats on 01926 494743 to arrange practice sessions.


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