A team of 22 students from Edge Hill University were crowned champions in the sixth annual North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race at Preston Marina on Saturday 12th May.

The event, which was hosted by UCLAN, saw six dragon boat teams from universities across the North West, including Liverpool, Lancaster, and Wigan and Leigh Confucius Classroom, battle it out on the water to scoop the coveted title.

The highlight of the day was the very competitive final in which Edge Hill were able to outpace rivals UCLAN to be crowned champions of 2018.

Elaine Jones, Manager of the Confucius Institute, said:

“Huge praise has to go to EHU’s student team.  Their teamwork, motivation and sheer determination ensured their times in each race improved and having beaten UCLAN in the heats, they knew they could do it again in the final.

“The final had my heart pounding.  The race was so close I thought UCLAN had pulled off another victory.  The results were announced and EHU were faster – amazing.  A fabulous day and a fabulous result for our students.”

The event celebrates the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and in keeping with tradition, the large wooden boats are adorned with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. As well as pairs of paddlers, there is always a drummer on the boat and the pulsation of the drumbeats are considered to be the heartbeat of the dragon boat.