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Leeds Waterfront Dragonboat Race Teams

25 September 2015
Leeds Waterfront Dragonboat Race Teams
On Saturday 27th June, various teams from in and around Leeds will be repping their organisations and going dragon-head to head in the greatly anticipated dragon boat races down at Leeds Dock. But which teams will be going for gold in the race and which teams will pull out the stops in the fancy dress stakes?

Illustrations by Alex Finney

There will be prizes for both the fastest overall team and the wackiest so the event is geared up to be a fierce, fun spectacle for all, the funds from which raised will go towards the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Teams manning the boats will have between 11 and 17 rowers including their drummer, who will in traditional style spur them on, alongside the crowd of course! For more details about the festival, take a look at our handy timetable. Here is a run down of some of the teams entered and what they might pull out of the bag….

Canal and River Trust- Keepers of the lochs and the gates, these guys know the waters like the back of their fins, I mean hands. Regular punting on the water might see them into the top few.

canal and river trust dragonboat entry

Leeds Council- Important people doing important things all day need to let their hair down sometime. Whether that be in the form of ridiculous costume or some fierce rowing, Leeds Council might prove fierce competitors.

Leeds Council Dragonboat team

Thai Leisure Group- Will the team bring their famed poise, calm and composure to proceedings and will their sumptuous approach to décor translate into some exquisite costumes?

Thai Leisure Group Dragonboat team

GirlGuiding Leeds- Decked out in their guiding uniforms, these girls promise to do their best and serve their country so watch out - Girl Guides are traditionally plucky, resourceful types.

Girlguiding Dragonboat team

Motiv8 North and Armley Junk’Tion Café- Joining the formidable forces of fitness and humanitarian goodness, this team will have probably eaten their spinach before they enter. Let’s just see what they come up with for fancy dress.

Junk'tion and Motive8 North Dragonboat team

NHS Shared Partnership- These folks are in the business of saving lives, so let’s hope they know how to race for their own! A mystery on the fancy dress front, their outfits are sure to be a surprise.

NHS Dragonboat team

Emma is a Freelance Writer for Leeds Living. She has a degree in English literature from the University of Leeds and specialises in writing cultural editorials.