Dragon boat racers to paddle for Great Britain

15:00 27 June 2014

Bernard Broadhurst and Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst from Exmouth are pictured at the Exeter Quay on Sunday morning where they were in training for the Euro Dragonboat Championships in July. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 6506-25-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Bernard Broadhurst and Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst from Exmouth are pictured at the Exeter Quay on Sunday morning where they were in training for the Euro Dragonboat Championships in July. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 6506-25-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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An Exmouth couple are once again preparing to represent their country at dragon boat racing.

Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst, 46, has only been competing for four years, but had a meteoric rise, being selected for Great Britain’s senior team at the World Championships in Florida after just eight months.

Her success inspired husband Bernard, 47, to also take up the sport, and since then they have both been selected for the 2012 European Championships in Britain, where they helped GB win the Nations Cup, and the 2013 World Championships in Hungary, where both won gold medals.

Now the couple, who live in Sturges Road, are preparing to again fly the flag at this year’s European Championships in the Czech Republic, which starts on July 25.

Amanda said: “We talked about taking a year out, as our son got married and there were lots of things going on, but the passion just overrides it and you manage to fit it in.

“We’re really looking forward to it. I’m particularly looking forward to it because [in 2012] when we were the host country I was really ill, so it will be nice to go and be working on all cylinders.

“It’s a new squad. It’s a good, strong squad, and everyone seems to be gelling together.”

Competing at GB level requires intense training all year round for the couple, aided greatly by membership of Exeter club Exe-Calibre, for whom they also compete.

Amanda also receives support from LED, and is now being helped by Anna from The Massage Clinic, who she says has made a big difference to her preparations.

Any other local businesses who might be interested in offering support can contact Amanda by emailing atbroad@aol.com.

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