GB medals again for dragon boat racers

PUBLISHED: 15:14 05 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:14 05 September 2014

Amanda and Bernard Taylor-Broadhurst with their medals from the European Dragon Boat Racing Championships.

Amanda and Bernard Taylor-Broadhurst with their medals from the European Dragon Boat Racing Championships.

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An Exmouth couple have collected another haul of medals for representing Great Britain in dragon boat racing.

Amanda and Bernard Taylor-Broadhurst, of Sturges Road, went to Prague to race in the European Dragon Boat Championships with the GB senior squad.

Amanda, 46, picked up three silver medals in the ladies’ boat, on which she was voted captain, while Bernard, 47, picked up a silver and a bronze in the open boat.

Amanda said: “Overall I really enjoyed the racing.

“I felt really privileged that I was made captain of the ladies’ boat. It was heart-warming for me as I’m so passionate about the sport.

“I was pleased as punch!”

It’s been a meteoric rise in the sport for the couple, with Amanda first going to the World Championships in 2011 after less than a year paddling, and then being joined by Bernard for the Euros in 2012, and then the World Championships in 2013, where both won gold medals.

Amanda said: “When I started in 2011, the thought of doing all that I have done – I couldn’t even have envisaged it.”

The couple are now preparing for the highly anticipated World Championships in Canada next year, for which Amanda is expecting stiff competition for places in the GB squad.

Amanda has a sponsorship arrangement with Anna at The Massage Clinic, and with the World Championship year set to be an expensive one would be interested in support from any companies which could help with necessities such as accommodation and travel expenses.

She said: “Any sponsorship or support anyone feels they can offer would be appreciated.”

Although Amanda and Bernard have reached GB level, the sport isn’t all about high-level competition, and Amanda, who with Bernard is a member of Exe-Calibre in Exeter, is encouraging people of all ages to give it a try.

She said: “Anybody that wishes to get involved can just come and try a session. You don’t have to be world class, you can just go there for fun.

“You can go out there, get fit and get happy”

To contact Amanda about sponsorship, email ATBROAD@aol.com.

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