Dragon Boat Success

The Great Britain under 18’s Dragon Boat Squad has returned from the 13th IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships in Divonne le-bains, France.

The squad’s Head Coach is one of our own from St Helens, Matthew Richardson of the Council’s Sports Development Team.

Over the 10 days in France the squad had three days of competition over 200m’s, 500m’s and 2000m’s in both open (fastest 12 paddlers) and mixed (fastest 6 males and 6 females) categories.

They fought hard and did their country proud returning home with:

2000m Open Squad: 4th
2000m Mixed Squad: Bronze Medal Won
500m Open Squad: Bronze Medal Won
500m Mixed Squad: Bronze Medal Won
200m Open Squad: 4th
200m Mixed Squad: Gold Medal Won

This is a great result for these young people from all over the UK especially after achieving a first time Gold world medal making them the fastest 200m Mixed squad in the world.

Due to this, the squad also have achieved the highest world ranking position in its history of 3rd in the world.


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