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IoD City Reaches Dragon Festival Semi Finals

24 Jun 2017

IoD City of London reaches Dragon Boat Race Semi Final

The IoD City of London branch took to the water for the 22nd annual London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on 25th June.

The event involved over 40 teams, some professional, competing in a series of intense 200 metre Dragon Races in beautiful, traditionally adorned Chinese boats. Each team comprised over 15 racers plus a drummer who sat in the bow to motivate and co-ordinate the paddlers.

Despite having virtually no training, we are pleased to report that the IoD City of London team reached the semi-finals and were only knocked out by professional paddlers.

David Stringer-Lamarre, Chairman of the IoD City of London branch said "IoD City is most delighted to have a boat in the Dragon Boat Festival for the first time this year, as we further strengthen bonds between our members and the Hong Kong and wider Chinese community in London.”

Dragon boat festivals originated some 2,500 years ago along the banks of Yangtze River, around the same era that the Olympic Games began in Greece. Today dragon boat racing is an extremely popular water sport.

The event was supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (HKETO), which is the territory’s official representation in the United Kingdom.

We would like to thank Edward Tsui, Honorary Treasurer fo the IoD City, as well as the team from the London Chinatown Lions Club for organising this highly successful and enjoyable event. The London Chinatown Lions Club organised the first Dragon Boat Festival in London Docklands over 20 years ago as a fundraiser for Chinese schools around the M25 area. This event has developed into a major cultural event in the capital, attracting up to 10,000 attendees each year.

Thank you also to Simon Wood, who organised, captained and motivated our crew to what we consider to be a significant achievement on the day.

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