World success again for dragon boat medallists

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 October 2015

Exmouth's world dragon boat medal winning couple - Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst, who won three gold medals, and husband Bernard, who won two bronze.

Exmouth's world dragon boat medal winning couple - Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst, who won three gold medals, and husband Bernard, who won two bronze.

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An Exmouth couple are celebrating again after winning another haul of World Championship medals in dragon boat racing.

Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst won three gold medals at the recent championships in Canada, while husband Bernard picked up two bronzes.

Amanda, 47, who won her medals in the women’s small senior boat, over 200m, 500m, and 2,000m distances, was racing in her third world championships, having previously won two gold medals in Hungary in 2013, and made her world debut in Tampa in 2011, just months after taking up the sport.

She said: “It was really good, a very positive experience. It’s always an absolutely proud moment to stand on the podium, and for your flag to be flying – it’s phenomenal.”

Bernard, 48, who was competing in his second world championships, having followed Amanda into the sport, won his medals in the open small senior boat, at 200m and 500m.

He said: “It was a great experience. People went there to enjoy themselves, and really work hard and compete on the water, but were then very friendly off the water, which is what makes it a great sport.”

Having enjoyed success on the water, there was then a lucky escape for Bernard after the championships had finished, when he left his medals behind at the team hotel.

Amanda said: “I got a message on Facebook, and said ‘Someone’s left their medals behind’, and he said ‘Oh, that’s me!’”

The couple, who live in Sturges Road, train with Exeter club Exe-Calibre, and say new people are always welcome to try out the sport.

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