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.
Great Britain runs squads in:
- Junior A (U18)
- Junior B (U23)
- Senior A (over 40)
- Senior B (over 50)
- Senior C (over 60)
We are also in the process of laying the foundations for a GB Para Dragon Team.
Each squad will then run crews of Open, Mixed & Ladies teams and could be in small (10 person) boats or standard (20 person) boats. The typical cycle of a squad and coaching team is two years which would normally incorporate a European Nations Championship run by the EDBF, and a World Championship run by the IDBF.
Each GB squad will run a British National Training Squad (BNTS) series to show paddlers what is required and allows the coaches to see what paddlers may be interested. This will be followed by trails conducted by each coaching squad for selection into the full GB squad.
BNTS sessions will be advertised as soon as dates are known.
The current list of contacts of GB Coaches can be found here.
If you are interested in paddling at European and World Championships.
Christine Cosgrove – GB Team Manager
Junior A & Junior B Teams (U18 & U23)
The Junior A team are the Great Britain Under 18's Dragon Boat Squad and are current World Gold medallists and European Silver medallists. They are looking for dedicated young people who are looking to represent their country of any ability as they offer the opportunity to offer high levels of training to get you to the Great Britain Standard during the British National Training season.
If you believe that you have the dedication to become the best that you can be contact the coach team and register on their website to gain the best experience of your life.
Current Coaching Team information can be found here: http://u18gbdragonboat.wix.com/u18gb#!management-team/c1eux
Our top paddlers from around the country train hard to become members of the premier squad. Made up of male and female paddlers from around the country the team are world silver medallists in the small boats and won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Europeans.
Senior A Team
Paddlers who are over 40 years of age are eligible for the Senior A team and are made up of men and women paddlers from all over the country. The Senior A team are European Silver and bronze medal holders in both the standard and small boat category and are current World Champions in the small boats.
Senior B/C Team
The Senior B team are fondly known as the Grand Dragons and are made up of paddlers who are over 50 years of age. They are World and European Silver and Bronze medal winners and are made up of some of our most experienced paddlers who have competed at international level since GB started competing.
The coaching team of Ian Bowers and Vaughan Collins are well respected within the Dragonboat community and they are superbly supported by admin manager Liz Hearne.