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UCLan wins North West dragon boat race for second year running

19 May 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

University team triumphs over local rivals

Students and staff from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have won a dragon boat racing event between four North West universities for the second year in a row.

The 16-strong UCLan team triumphed over competition from The University of Manchester, The University of Liverpool, Lancaster University and Edge Hill University to once again be crowned the winner of the second annual North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race.

Held at Preston Docks the popular event invited each university’s Confucius Institute, which promote Chinese language and culture in the UK, to take part in a series of 250 metre heats and a final. Councillor Veronica Afrin, Mayor of Preston, was on hand to congratulate the winners.

“We are delighted to once again win the dragon boat race. Despite heavy rain we received a lot of support and attracted a great crowd who very much enjoyed this Chinese tradition.”

UCLan went into the competition as the defending champions after winning the inaugural race in Liverpool last year.

The Deputy Director of UCLan’s Confucius Institute, Professor Gang Sui, commented: “We are delighted to once again win the dragon boat race. Despite heavy rain we received a lot of support and attracted a great crowd who very much enjoyed this Chinese tradition. We are already looking forward to taking part in this popular community event again next year.”