College team paddle their way to win

PHASE Worldwide Dragon Boat Champions - the DVC Griffins Team.
PHASE Worldwide Dragon Boat Champions - the DVC Griffins Team.

STAFF at Dearne Valley College paddled their way to victory at a dragon boat race in Manvers on Sunday.

The team of 11 crew members, called ‘DVC Griffins’, won the race against 13 other squads as part of the PHASE Worldwide Dragon Boat Championships at Manvers Lake.

Over a 200 metre course, DVC Griffins posted the fastest time of the day of 53 seconds over the lake course in windy conditions.

The event attracted a large crowd to cheer on teams from businesses, colleges and schools from across the Dearne Valley.

Ian Philip, DVC Griffins team captain, said: “It was a fantastic team performance on the day, and showed real DVC grit and team work to win.”

Gable Events organised the event for local teams to compete in to help raise money for PHASE Worldwide.

PHASE Worldwide works to improve the lives of remote Himalayan communities.

A spokesperson for PHASE said: “These people are some of the poorest and most disadvantaged in the world as they have little access to basic services like healthcare, education or road transport.

“PHASE aims to support the most vulnerable: women, children, low castes, the very poor and people with disabilities.”

Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition which features a crew of ten paddlers and a beating drummer.