On the weekend of 13th - 14th September, team members Sarah McBride, Stuart Cole, Wendy Pepperall, Marie-Cecile Blackwood and Helene Bayssette headed down to Potters Fields between City Hall and Tower Bridge to host a stall at the Blue Ribbon Village, an annual arts and crafts festival where charitable and voluntary organisations who play a part in the ecology, history and activities of the Thames.
There were many visitors to our stall, of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities interested in hearing about our team, the sport and the history of dragon boating. Our more enthusiastic and energetic visitors even had a go on Ergo, our paddling machine, some of which were as young as two!
In a far far away, Thames has visit the mountain of Levi, Lapland. They snowed shoeing up the mountain, gone cross country skiing and husky ride. Awesome Finnish hospitality and breathtaking views. Winter wonderland indeed!
A massive pat on the back to Thames’ Pete Li and his paddling companion Sutton Yeung for completing the world’s toughest paddle challenge!
Having set off on Easter Saturday, as a senior double crew in a C2 from Devizes Wharf in Wiltshire, with hundreds of other canoeists and kayakers, they paddled non-stop and overnight in chilly conditions supported by a team of friends and family containing current club members Sarah McBride and Stuart Cole
The race is a world famous international canoe race which has been held annually over the Easter weekend since 1948. It takes approximately 24 hours to complete andis a rigorous test of ability, physical and mental endurance and determination, requiring months of not just a strict training regime, but also meticulous planning, to ensure completion - about 30% don’t!
Thames Dragons are delighted to congratulate Pete and Sutton on their fantastic achievement!!
They raced in aid of Cancer Research UK. If you would like to donate please see their webpage http://www.justgiving.com/doubledragon88
The hard work by coach Liam paid dividends at the national championships this weekend.
Thames are the 200m mixed national champions and also took bronze in both the 200m open and 1000m open competition on day 1.
Day 2 saw equally strong performances taking 4th places in both 500m mixed and 500m open competitions.
Overall we are the 2nd best mixed team in the UK and the 3rd best open team in the UK.
Well done all! :o)
Thames puts in a strong performance with a mixed crew against all male crews at the final event of the league fixture
Thames Dragons pulled it out of the bag to grab 2nd places in both the 200m and 500m major finals with 100% commitment from the whole team!
It was a fitting goodbye to Thames stalwarts Jasmine Keick and Jonathan Mayes who move on to pastures new and green...
Thames Dragons were live on BBC London's Radio morning breakfast show on Saturday 4th September from their home regatta. Jonathan Mayes, Linda Barry, Stuart Low, Amy Li and Sue Menzies (from the BDA) were all interviewed for the feature about Dragon boat racing.
Click on the Play button below to listen
Many congratulations to Linda Barry and Jo Readshaw who paddled in the GB Women’s premier team that won gold in all 3 categories in Amsterdam(200m, 500m and 2000m). The team was superbly managed by Fiona Giacomini who ensured smooth running off the water.
Congratulations also to Claire Greenwood who as part of the GB Senior ladies took silver in the 200m and bronze in the 500m.
See the 2000m women’s premier race video below.