Coaching Team

Once you’ve decided what kind of member you want to be we have a support network that will help you achieve your goals.

The coaching team of head coach Liam Keane and assistant coaches Linda Barry and Peter Li have between them over 50 years of Dragon Boating and other paddle sports experience.

All have represented their country at World Championship level and all have been in Gold medal-winning squads.

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Bill/Liam Keane

Bill/Liam Keane

Head Coach

Been paddling since 1996 with Thames who originally started as a Texaco corporate team before re-branding as Thames DB Club.

Paddled both for UK seniors and open teams in The UK, US and Sweden. Won 5 gold medals in the U.K world championships. Competed in China on two separate occasions as part of the Masters International team made up of DB paddlers from around the world.

Also competed at club level in Prague and France and been part of the Thames coaching team for 10 years. 

Linda Barry

Linda Barry

Assistant Coach

I first tried dragon boating back in the early 90s when the company I worked for entered a team into a corporate dragon boat festival. It was years later when I moved to London that I discovered dragon boating was a “real” sport and people actually trained regularly! I joined Thames Dragon boat club in 2003 and I’ve been paddling with them ever since.

I loved being a club paddler but in 2006 decided to up the ante and try out for the Great British Premier Women’s team. I paddled for GB for six years from 2006 to 2011 competing at European and World Championships (alternate years) and achieving gold, silver and bronze medals at Europeans and silver and bronze at Worlds.

Being a dragon boat paddler opened up other paddle sports to me. I started outrigging in 2010 and have competed in France, US, Canada and London. In 2011 I started racing super rafts (20 litre barrels strapped together with bows attached) and have competed in the CHAR 70 mile raft race five times.

Whether you want to be a social paddler, a good club paddler or even try out for GB, there is a place for everyone in Thames.

Whether you want to stay local, race nationally or travel internationally, amateur or elite level dragon boating is the sport and Thames IS the club.

Peter Li

Peter Li

Assistant Coach

Pete has been paddling for over 14 years, he started paddling with the charity crew Bravehearts but quickly realised that to progress further he needed to join a league club and Thames Dragons was it, his first race for Thames was the Great River Race a 22 mile paddle down the river Thames, it’s one of his favourite events and has completed it 10 times in a Dragon Boat and twice in an Outrigger Canoe.

Highlights of his Dragon Boat paddling career have been being in gold winning teams at International level at the 2012 European Championship in Nottingham and the 2013 World Championship in Hungary.

In 2014 he started paddling C2 canoes, which culminated in completing the Devizes to Westminster 125 mile canoe marathon in just over 26 hours non-stop.

From 2015 he also started paddling Outrigger Canoes and Rafts with Paddlesports Racing Canoe Club and enjoys regular trips.

Apart from paddling Pete enjoys running and spending time with friends, eating and drinking!

Pete is the club’s regular race helm and is a BDA Coach Level 2