Para athletes can have a variety of mental & physical impairments. They race fully integrated within able bodied crews as well as in their own crew. They also compete internationally alongside other paradragon crews.
It all started in 1996 when a Canadian sports medical specialist, Dr Don McKenzie, embarked on a research project to explore the benefits of regular, repetitive, strenuous exercise following breast cancer surgery.
As part of the National League shake up for 2018, the Exec has decided to change the mixed boat make up for a 20 person boat to follow the IDBF and adopt the ‘a maximum of 10 paddlers of either gender’ ruling.
Great Britain has been involved in international competition since the inauguration of the first World Championships held in Yue Yang, China in 1995. GB Squads have competed in every European and World Championships held since then.