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APR 14 2017 02:41

National League Entry Fees for 2017

With the additional classes for 2017 the entry fees are a little more complicated but I will try to make it as simple as possible for you now. The entry form on the website will be updated shortly. ...Read more

APR 14 2017 02:14

Paddler Survey end date approaching

The closing date for the BDA Paddler Survey is fast approaching. ...Read more

APR 14 2017 02:10

Stockton National League Event info

Stockton National League info has been published. ...Read more

MAR 29 2017 03:34

Paddler Survey deadline has been extended

The deadline for completing the paddler survey has been extended until 5pm on 16th April. ...Read more

MAR 09 2017 04:00

AGM Member Voting

The Agenda and candidate information along with a postal voting form have been emailed to all 2016 & 2017 members today. ...Read more

MAR 09 2017 03:25

Mixed Racing Rules 2017

As you may be aware, the IDBF recently changed the crew makeup of a mixed 20 person boat to be a maximum of 10 of either gender. ...Read more

MAR 06 2017 01:03

GB Grands Mixed Time Trial Cancelled

Due to a large number of the Grands men pulling out of trialling for the 2017 World Championships, the Grands coaches have reluctantly decided that a Grands mixed crew is no longer viable. ...Read more

FEB 28 2017 12:23

BDA National League Update 2017

The first League event, Stockton, is just over two months away. It is a regatta course and will feature both long and short course racing, and subject to time and weather a long 2km race. ...Read more

FEB 28 2017 09:45

Nottingham League Event change of date

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to change the date of the Nottingham National League event. ...Read more

FEB 24 2017 09:00

Wraysbury vs Eggheads

Six learned members of Wraysbury Dragons recently travelled up to Glasgow to take part in an episode of Eggheads after a successful audition. ...Read more

FEB 23 2017 01:15

Paddler survey follow up

We have seen some responses from members who hadn't received the paddler survey even though they were included on the initial list. ...Read more

FEB 17 2017 10:36

2016 Paddler Survey

The Paddler Survey for the 2016 season is now live, it has been initially sent out to all members who have renewed for the 2017 season, with all members from the 2016 season due to be sent it shortly. ...Read more

FEB 15 2017 11:45

Notice of the 22nd AGM of the BDA

The 22nd Annual General Meeting of the BDA Ltd is to be held on Saturday 25th March 2017 at Knightcote Village Hall, Knightcote, Southam, CV47 2SQ, commencing at 3pm. ...Read more

FEB 13 2017 09:22

GB Grands Mixed Crew Time Trial

The time trial to select the women for the GB Grands mixed crew competing in the 2017 World Championships will take place on Saturday, 18 March on the canal behind Troy Lake, Rickmansworth. ...Read more

FEB 06 2017 09:30

Club membership renewals outstanding

It is now February yet there are a number of clubs that are yet to renew their BDA Club Membership for 2017. ...Read more

JAN 03 2017 11:31

Membership renewals for 2017

It's the new year and it is time for you all to renew your Club & Individual BDA Memberships for the upcoming year. ...Read more

JAN 03 2017 11:00

National League Event Dates 2017

The national league event dates and venues have been confirmed for 2017 by the National League coordinator. ...Read more

DEC 17 2016 06:50

Calling all Under 18's

A call has been put out for Under 18's to trial in the new year for the upcoming International events. ...Read more

DEC 15 2016 01:00

GB Grands Mixed at 2017 World Champs in China

Nick Evans and Ian Bowers, coaches to the GB Grands Open crew, are looking to form a Grands Mixed standard boat crew to race at the 2017 World Championships in China. ...Read more

DEC 08 2016 11:00

Basic Helm Course - 17th Dec

There is a basic helm course being run at Bray Lake on Saturday 17th December 2016. ...Read more

NOV 10 2016 01:55

National Cup results set published

The full results set for all races at 2016 National Cup Finals as well as the cumulative points for the various classes have been published on the website and can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. ...Read more

NOV 10 2016 01:08

Agenda for Congress 2016 & Other Info

We have now published a draft Agenda for the upcoming BDA Congress taking place on Saturday 12th Nov at 10.30am for an 11am start. ...Read more

OCT 10 2016 09:25

Monaco event postponed

I got a phone call this morning from Monaco, unfortunately due to a lack of interest from other European crews who were complaining that is was too near Christmas, the event isn’t happening now. It will likely be moved to April next year and I will try to organise it so the league doesn’t clash with it as soon as I have a date. ...Read more

OCT 10 2016 08:37

Congress timings confirmed

The timings for Congress on 12th November at Wraysbury have now been confirmed, if you can arrive by 10.30 for an 11am start please. ...Read more

SEP 29 2016 08:36

Premier GB Squad launch for 2017

The GB Premier Squad is now recruiting for the 2017 campaign. This will culminate in the World Championships in China, the home of the sport. ...Read more

SEP 28 2016 01:04

Ladies league results finalised

The results of the Ladies League have now been finalised and updated following my investigation into a couple of queries raised regarding points allocations. ...Read more

SEP 27 2016 11:38

BDA Congress 2016

As was announced at Nationals, Congress this year is on 12th November and will be held at Wraysbury. There are number of important issues to be discussed and debated which could have a direct impact on our sport moving forwards. ...Read more

SEP 27 2016 11:07

Nationals Weekend

Thank you to all crews who competed at the BDA National Cup competition at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham this last weekend. I must also thank all the officials who made the whole weekend possible, without them we wouldn't have a National League, let alone a National Cup Finals weekend. ...Read more

SEP 17 2016 05:00

Final league table update for 2016

Well here we are, it's the end of the 2016 BDA National League Season and the League Tables for Premier, Standard & Mixed have all been updated to include the results from Worcester. The Ladies league table update will follow shortly. ...Read more

SEP 09 2016 03:30

Worcester race program updated

The race program for Worcester has been updated and can be downloaded. ...Read more

AUG 30 2016 10:30

National League Update - Full Steam ahead for 2017

This season we have run an open round robin format with a shadow mixed league, and introduced a Super 12 Ladies format. We did this to provide fair and equitable racing, and ensure that all teams get the same number of races before a final. It also enabled us time to fit more races in and lunch breaks for officials and paddlers too. ...Read more

AUG 25 2016 12:23

National Entries required

With only a few weeks to go until the culmination of our league race season it is now that time of year where you need to enter the National Cup Competition. ...Read more

AUG 16 2016 10:41

League Tables updates to include Nottingham Results

I have tonight updated all the league tables except for Ladies to include the results from Nottingham. ...Read more

JUL 04 2016 10:16

2016 Event Results & Worksheets

I am now beginning to populate all the national league event results and worksheets into the results archive. ...Read more

JUL 04 2016 09:30

St Neots Event results published

The results from the BDA National League event in St Neots have now been published and are available for download. ...Read more

JUN 13 2016 11:59

League Tables updated

Finally, all the league tables have been updated, many apologies for the delays. I have updated all league tables including Wraysburys results from this past Sunday. ...Read more

JUN 05 2016 04:00

AGM Agenda & Voting Papers

The AGM Agenda and nomination form for the BDA AGM taking place on 13th August will shortly be emailed to all current BDA members who we have an email address on file for. ...Read more

APR 05 2016 06:00

Paddle back ! - The Purple Warriors are coming . . .

Today a new dragon boat club emerges to join the thousands worldwide, but this one is different. Purple Warriors is a club solely for serving and retired members of HM Forces who, as a result of their service to this country, are suffering from some form of impairment. ...Read more

APR 03 2016 10:41

Wraysbury win gold at CCWC

I have heard that Wraysbury have been very successful at the Club Crew World Championships currently taking place in Adelaide, Australia. ...Read more

JAN 25 2016 10:33

BNTS & BDA Membership

It has come to our attention that some BNTS attendees may not be current paid up members of the BDA. ...Read more

DEC 31 2015 10:00

A New Year Honour

Our very own Joanne Griffiths has been awarded an MBE in the recently announced New Year Honours list. ...Read more

DEC 17 2015 11:44

AIMS gets IOC Recognition

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) Executive Board has approved IOC recognition of AIMS (Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport) ...Read more

OCT 25 2015 08:18

DBS Checks for Club Officers & Coaches

It is a requirement for our insurance that each of our Club Coaches and key Club Officers has a DBS certificate issued within the last 3 years. ...Read more

SEP 23 2015 10:00

New membership options

At the Exec meeting following the last Congress in 2014 it was agreed that we would introduce a partial years membership option so members joining the BDA from 1st August onwards would pay a reduced rate of £20 for the remainder of the year instead of having to pay the full year rate of £35. We have since agreed a reduced Junior rate for a partial years membership from 1st August of £15 rather than the full year rate of £25. ...Read more

MAY 29 2014 09:45

Improving our communication

We have been working hard building and updating the new website over the last few months and are now ready to launch a couple of new developments. ...Read more

FEB 13 2014

Welcome to the new website!

The new BDA Website goes live today. has a fresh new look and feel and will be getting even better over the coming months. Check back regularly to stay in touch with the latest news from dragon boating in the UK and to see the new features as we add them to the site. ...Read more