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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cardboard Boat Race Gold

Chatsworth | by Claire McCormack  

Holland Chatsworth outperforms 28 other schools in Ontario competition.

Team from Holland Chatsworth won Gold in Ontario Cardboard Boat Race competition. (photo from Skills Ontario) 

An Owen Sound area school has outperformed 28 other schools to take the gold in the provincial cardboard boat race competition in Waterloo.

Teams came from as far as 1000 kilometres away to compete.

But it was Holland-Chatsworth who took home a gold medal Tuesday.

Principal Keith Lefebvre says the team worked extremely hard to just barely get their boat construction finished in the last seconds of their building time.

He says "It was like watching an episode of Chopped (a cooking show) where the contestants work vigorously to get finished during the last 10 second count down."

Lefebvre says their boat was decorated to look like an HCCS Lamborghini trophy.

The winning team included Gabriel Routenburg-Evans, Morgan Moran, John Turner (Volunteer, coach), Chris Koeslag (Teacher, coach), Emily Scarrow, and Bronwen McComb.

Provincial records were set with boats holding up to eight people and as much as 795 pounds and a speed record was set at 16 seconds.

Holland-Chatsworth's Morgan Moran came in second for speed time and reached a boat capacity of six students totalling around 650 pounds.

The winning team was ranked on a combination of scores for the gold medal finish including speed, weight, appearance, design, safety, construction and teamwork.


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