Damascus College Ballarat students to compete in a 12 hour virtual race
Friday 20 November, 2020
Damascus College’s Sustainable Racing Team (SRT) are hosting a 12 hour virtual race this Saturday 21 November, for students and staff of the college, this innovative event is affectionately named DC12.
The SRT is an exciting extra-curricular opportunity at Damascus College that allows students from Year 7-12 to build and race competitive vehicles, and grow relationships across the College, in order to learn important skills for their future.
DC12 presents a unique opportunity for a small group of students to simulate a similar experience that students would have had at the Maryborough Energy Breakthrough event, where they would normally race their vehicles in a 24 hour format, against competing schools.
DC12 will be held on campus from 8am – 8pm, where SRT students will race against students and staff on recumbent stationary trainers, which were built by the SRT students and staff this term.
Alan Strange and Rachael Beardall, SRT Coordinator’s said that the event will pit the SRT students against the rest of the college in a gripping race of endurance.
“Who will take out the prize of furthest virtual distance in 12 Hours?” Alan said.
To enable the rest of our community to tune in and offer encouragement and support, the event will be live streamed to the college YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClhvTqdyIDBGjsZifyZrNcg
“In the live stream you will see the racing atmosphere of a trike race, regular updates and interviews from students and interesting data on the distance ridden,” Rachael said.
DC12 will be a COVID-safe event, where all students and staff will adhere to strict COVID protocols, such as face masks, social distancing and cleaning/sanitising between each use of equipment. There will also be a limited number of people occupying the space at a time, moving through the space in one direction, as they enter & exit the event.
“This virtual event is a huge stepping stone for SRT as it could pave the way for similar innovative practices for future competition or for training purposes,” Alan said.