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High School Dragon Boat Championship


High School Dragon Boat Championship

We're excited to announce we're hosting our first ever Simcoe County High School Dragon Boat Championship! Open to all students from all grades in all high schools in Simcoe County, it will be held on the morning of Wednesday, September 28 on Kempenfelt Bay. 

All schools are invited to enter one team made up of 21 students (10 girl and 10 boy paddlers, and one drummer). No experience is necessary, all you need is some enthusiasm and willingness to try. 

The cost per student is $40, which includes up to 3 practice races in September, race day and transportation to the race on September 28. 

All Principals and athletic reps have details about the race, so ask at school how to join a team! There are only 12 teams allowed in the championship, so get your team filled up as soon as possible.

Don't miss this opportunity to try out a new sport that's full of excitement - get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy the fun team environment! 

All participating students must complete an OPHEA swim test.

For more information, see the flyer below or email

What is dragon boating? 

Dragon boats are long, slender boats typically decorated to resemble a dragon, which are used for racing. It's a human powered watercraft, with 20 paddlers, one steersperson to steer the boat, and one drummer to keep the paddling rhythm. Dragon boats date back 2000 years to southern China, and in the last few decades dragon boat racing has emerged as a growing international sport. All people aboard the boat must work together to paddle as hard as possible to the beat of the drummer to propel their boat the fastest.