Wildcats Win Gold at Austin Dragon Boat Races!
Authors: Scott Baltisberger, Education Specialist TSBVI Outreach, with photos by Kristine Seljenes, Adaptive PE, TSBVI Comprehensive Programs
Keywords: Dragon Boat Festival, Team Sports, Community, Race, TSBVI, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
On April 30th the TSBVI Wildcats dragon boat team took first place in Division C of the community/corporate category at the 20th annual Austin Dragon Boat Festival, racing in three 300 meter races to capture the title. This victory was the result of regular twice-monthly training sessions which began in September of 2017, during which team members learned independent skills and aspects of teamwork that resulted in their triumph. In this endeavor, they were supported and coached by both school, residential and recreational staff as well as community volunteers.
Dragon boat racing is a 2000-year old sport that is currently having a world-wide surge in popularity. TSBVI’s participation in the Austin race was a chance not only for us to mingle with the crowd and take part in the thrill of competition but also for the public at large to experience first-hand the ability, drive and goodwill of our students. Maintaining an active and engaged lifestyle can have many benefits, including physical fitness, engagement with the community and stress management and we look forward to providing another group with this opportunity during the next school year!
Gold! The Wildcats took first place in Division C.