AWH Compete at the Dragon Boat Race
Last Sunday, AWH entered a team of 10 rowers and 1 drummer to compete in the Manchester ‘Dragon Boat Race Festival’ in Salford Quays. The festival is the biggest of its kind in Europe drawing in 14 million Chinese TV viewing figures.
We competed against other teams who had travelled from all over the country. The other teams included teams from the NHS, universities, local councils, and other law firms. After capsizing after the first race the team did an excellent job getting back to 9th position after the 2nd heat. After 3 heats, the team finished in 12th place out of 25 teams.
Sue Hailwood our Senior Training Manager and Associate Solicitor Recaps on the Day:
“Sunday morning (29/5), saw myself and 10 of my AWH colleagues, standing on the quayside at Salford facing, (with some trepidation) a precarious looking vessel that we were about to board to compete in the Dragon Boat Race 2022.
Despite having never worked as a team before, we pulled off a good start and placed 3rd in Heat 1. However before we could exit the boat, we became 1st ………to capsize…… and we unwittingly took a dip in the Dock. The water was freezing, the shock to the system was worse and when we made it back onto dry land, we looked like drowned rats.
Showing extreme resilience, we shook ourselves off and mustered the courage to get back on board for Heat 2. It’s amazing how the shock of being propelled into the water together, bonded us as a team and it resulted in us smashing a resounding win in Heat 2.
All in all, despite being wet all day (and now being black & blue in places you wouldn’t believe) our experience of the Dragon Boat Race 2022 was fabulous fun. I am super proud of my new Team AWH “buddies” and myself for taking on this challenge and SMASHING IT !!”
History of the Dragon Boat Race
The dragon boat festival is a major festival in Chinese culture, believed to have two separate origins.
Firstly, the Dragon boat racing began more than 2000 years ago on the banks of the life-sustaining rivers in the valleys of southern China. The Dragon Boat Race originated as a fertility ritual thought to bring good luck to the coming crop season.
Secondly, over the years a new origin emerged. where the boat race originated in ancient China and is based on the suicide of the poet and statesman of the Chu kingdom, Qu Yuan in 278 BCE.
The festival commemorated the famous life and death of the scholar, Qu Yuan who was a minister of the King of Chu in the third century BCE. Qu Yuan was renown for his wisdom and intellect which antagonized other court officials. As a result, the other court officials accused Qu Yuan of false charges of conspiracy, and he was exiled by the king. During the time he was exiled, he wrote a great many poems to express his anger and sorrow towards his sovereign and people.
In his sorrow, Qu Yuan drowned himself by attaching a heavy stone to his chest and jumping into the Miluo River in 278 BCE. The people of Chu tried to save Qu Yuan, realizing he was an honourable man. They searched in their boats looking for his body but were unable to save him.
Every year the Dragon Boat Festival celebrates and commemorates this attempt at rescuing Qu Yuan.
As a result, the local people began a tradition of throwing sacrificial cooked rice into the river for Qu Yuan. The local people threw the rice to prevent the fish from eating Qu Yuan’s body.
Learn More about the History of the Dragon Boat Race here.
What Else We Have Been Up To?
- A team from AWH ran the Great Manchester Run, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society
- We won a trophy at the Lawshare – Referrals & Support Network for Law Firms quiz
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