Dragon boating is a team sport where teams paddle on water, using painted boats to which are attached decorative dragon heads and tails. The length of the race is 200 or 500 meters and the normal crew number is 22, including 20 paddlers, 1 steerer and 1 drummer. It is a variation of rowing that originated in China and is still associated with the traditional Chinese dragon boat festival or Tuen Ng Festival in Hong Kong.
Westlake competes in the Auckland Secondary Schools festival on Lake Pupuke in term 1. We encourage those boys not involved in a summer activity to have a go at this sport. They train at 4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and develop a strong team spirit.
In 2015 most of the crew were new to dragon boating but still won the Regional and National title. Once the regional competition is over the boys may have the opportunity to compete at nationals, and even join senior crews outside of school.
Teacher in charge: Miss C Nasey