City MasterChefs make waves for charity

The annual Bobath Scotland Dragon Boat Challenge took place at Balloch Castle Country Park which attracted ten teams who donned fancy dress and took to the waters of Loch Lomond to raise money for the Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre.

City of Glasgow College took part in the event once again, entering into the spirit and naming their team City MasterChefs in honour of the college’s MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary MacLean. Support staff and lecturers joined together with their secret weapon of six Riverside Cadets and, while the theme was a culinary one, importantly, the choice of chef whites made it easier to paddle in. 

Team City soon had the college gazebos set up and BBQ fired as the event area became awash with colour; from the capes and masks of the Clyde Crusaders, to the flamboyant frocks of the Drag-On Boat team.

Each team was required to race three times with the three quickest progressing to the final.

The day was full of drama with a storm crashing the party and sending teams running for cover as lightning flashed and thunder roared. During an impromptu sing-a-long when the PA played a Human League song, the storm clouds cleared and the teams were soon back on the water for the last of the heats.

Team City won all three of their heats by a short dragon’s head acquiring a nine-second advantage which took them into the final and saw the college achieving its best ever placing in this event, as City MasterChefs finished a historic third after overall winners, the Clyde Crusaders, and runners' up, the Matelots. Each team member was presented with a bronze medal for their heroic display.

City MasterChefs' team included Simon Palmer, Captain; Sarah Gregg, drummer; Diarmuid Griffin, Connor Griffin, Mahdi Hajinejad, Stuart Thompson, Calum MacLean, Mags Wilson, Sue Wong, Adrian Glapinski, Tahir Khaliq, Louise Bigley, Kris Knowles, Sipho Wanliss, Rachel Astell, Meg Hawkyard, Ross Weeks and super-sub Chris Weeks, who came along to watch but was press-ganged into taking part.

The team beat their fundraising target of £1,000 by almost 200 pounds so huge thanks go to everyone involved on the day including those who turned out to show their support and sponsor a great cause.

Sights are now set on the 2018 challenge. This year's Sponsor/Donation Page is still active if you would like to make a donation and you can view footage from the final race on the team’s Facebook Page.