Oxford dragon-boaters paddle to glory

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Oxford Area School has enjoyed dragon boat success. Photos: Oxford Area School
Oxford Area School has enjoyed dragon boat success. Photos: Oxford Area School
Dragon boat racing may be a new sport at Oxford Area School, but students are already enjoying some success.

The school recently claimed three trophies as it dominated the Canterbury secondary schools dragon boat racing championships at Lake Rua, near Christchurch International Airport.

Principal Mike Hart said the school was placed second in the 250 metres mixed teams race and won the mixed teams turns race (500 metres).

The second-placed team in the 250 metre race also scored the fastest time of the day.

Oxford Area School’s dragon-boaters.
Oxford Area School’s dragon-boaters.
‘‘It was pretty impressive. They did really well. We only started the sport last year and three of our girls were selected for the regional team.’’

Ashley Riley, Lauren Morris and Journie Karaitiana-Matthews were selected for the Aoraki secondary schools dragon boat team.

Mr Hart says the teams were given five weeks of training at Lake Rua before the regatta.

He says the success is a credit to Megan Lowen, who was a teacher at the school last year and has continued to co-ordinate the Oxford teams. ‘‘She taught at the school last year and has seen it through this year. We are very lucky to have her support and her time in helping our students.’’

 

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