Dragon Boat Race News


The 16th annual Dragon Boat Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, took place on Sunday 22nd May at Himley Park in Dudley.  With a friendly greeting of sunshine early in the morning, the park quickly filled with paddlers taking part in the race and visitors ready to watch the spectacular show.

Dragon boat racing is a fun sporting activity that's been around for over 2000 years. Teams compete against each other by rowing as a team in large canoe-like vessels. To find out more about its history click here.

Zebra Uno sponsored a Dragon boat, bringing together a team of 17 paddlers to compete in the races and raise £1,000 to fund community work carried out by Zebra Access and the Rotary Club.

Some of the Zebra staff were among the paddlers including Director Nikki Stratton, Project Development and Training Officer Chris Beech, Communications Technician Matthew Shaw and Media Officer Jack Smallwood!

The boat races took place in rounds. When it was Zebra Uno's time the tannoy announced how the team was made up of deaf sign language users and asked them to enter the water. The team geared up before getting into the boat with Neil Wilkins volunteering to be the drummer. 

In their first round the team got off to a good start but unfortunately lost out by a few seconds to the other boat! 


"It was enjoyable and the first race helped me to prepare for the next race." - Henry Skinner

"It was really fun, better than I thought as I was nervous because I didn't know what to expect but it felt great at the end of the race!" - Emma Trainor 

The team challenged the other boat racing teams over the next 2 races with the fastest times qualifying for a place in the Second round and Grand Finals. We will be revealing the results soon!

"It was difficult to follow the rhythm but it was fun - I'm feeling stiff already!" - Steve Richardson

"I did drummer's role in the 2nd race and I was nervous because the seat wasn't stable - the last thing I want is to fall off! I enjoyed the role though!" - Matthew Shaw

A big thank you to the team for taking part in the race as well as Zebra Uno for sponsoring the boat. All fund raised by the racers will be split 50/50 between Zebra Access and the Rotary Charitable Trust.

If you would like to show your support, here's the fundraising page.