Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy Dragon Boat Champions

It has been another fantastic year for Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s Outdoor Education Programme, and the final activity of Dragon Boating saw OBA students crowned as the Champions of Merseyside.

OBA Dragon Boat

After two weeks of intense practice, the sixteen students selected to represent OBA headed off to the Merseyside Schools’ Dragon Boating Competition which took place at the Albert Dock on Wednesday 22nd June. Although they were rather nervous, the students took part in three preliminary heats with confidence and determination. In their first race they were up against St Chad’s, also from Runcorn, so there was a certain amount of Runcorn pride at stake. However, after a brilliant start and quickly gathering momentum, they managed to win in a very impressive 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

In the next two races, OBA’s team managed to chop ten seconds off their time, securing their place in the final against Litherland High School. OBA’s team members made their way down to the starting line filled with hope and trepidation but, as the race began, it was clear there was only ever going to be one winner! The team displayed maximum effort and brilliant teamwork skills. They even had the energy to push for a sprint finish, resulting in them winning with a magnificent time of 2minutes and 2 seconds, beating the Litherland High School by an incredible 30 seconds.

Miss Emily Belford, PE teacher and co-ordinator of OBA’s Outdoor Education Programme said: “I was so impressed with the attitude of the students as they all tried incredibly hard and did OBA proud. They truly deserve to be Merseyside’s Dagon Boating Champions as they were the clear winners in what was a very tough and competitive competition. We are now hoping to work with Amathus Dragon Boating Club even more, as our students even managed to finish in a time that has qualified them for the National Club event in September. This is OBA’s second consecutive win in this event and everyone is already looking forward to taking on the challenge again next year.”

After the races, the students and Miss Belford were interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Maher, and the students spoke enthusiastically about what ‘the dragon boat experience’ had offered them and what they had learnt from it.

A special thank you goes to Amathus Dragon Boat Racing Club for their fantastic training and also to Liverpool's Confucius Institute hosting the event.