Dragon Boat Racing for First Touch

Sunday 21st July saw Old Kingstonian Hockey Club heading down to the Thames in Kingston to take part in the Rotary Club’s annual Dragon Boat race. First-timers on the water, OKHC’s main priority was to have fun, stay dry (ish!) and raise lots of money for First Touch. Although they managed two out of three (no chance of staying dry!), they also managed to clock up their first final, taking a great team effort gold medal in the mixed category!  Not surprisingly with a sports team, that competitive spirit and get-stuck-in attitude also resulted in the mixed team qualifying for a place in the open category, securing a top 6 ‘fastest time overall’ qualification, and therefore a back-to-back final after the mixed race. Lots of shouting, pulling and deep breaths resulted in some very tired but happy racers at the end, securing an overall 5th place out of 42 teams which was a great achievement for the OK’s.

Old Kingstonian’s Louise Deeley says ” Of course, medals are amazing, but fun, community spirit and of course, raising money for this wonderful charity was the ultimate goal.”

So far, they’ve raised over £1200, comfortably beating their goal of £1k, and donations are still coming in from friends and fellow members, so huge thanks from First Touch to everyone involved.