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August, September and October 2016

Paddlers for Life Windermere AGM 20th. November, 2016

Members attended this year's AGM at Ambleside Youth Hostel.
Reports from current trustees and members who had taken on particular responsibilities recalled another inspiring and exciting year packed with special events alongside regular paddling activities. New trustees elected were Ruth, Rowena, Steph and Pam.
AGM

Our three dragons, Mary, Phyllis and Lucy went into their winter sleep with founder members Sue and Louisa doing the honours.

Sue and Louisa

Closing the eyes of the dragon

'Paddle in Pink' for breast cancer awareness. October 24th. 2016.

Paddle in Pink 2016 team photo

A group of cancer survivors and supporters from Paddlers for Life Windermere took two of their dragon boats to Waterhead on Windermere. As well as enjoying a paddle and warm drink the paddlers sought to use the last 2016 paddle to promote breast cancer awareness. Many of the paddlers are cancer survivors and the paddling aids fitness and recovery after diagnosis and treatment.

Following a 'Flowers on the Water' ceremony, remebering family and friends not able to be with us, we paddled back.

Low Wood Hotel kindly provided scones and afternoon tea when we returned to the Low Wood Watersports Centre who kindly host our dragon boats.

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Paddling with the Serpees in Durham. 9th. October, 2016

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Barabara reports...
We had a fantastic day on the River Wear at Durham.  The sun shone, the river was calm, the trees are just changing colour and there were beautiful views of the city landscape.  In the morning we had a technical session, which lasted an hour and a half, so we honed up on our technique with the Serpees, under Keni’s watchful and encouraging eye. 
Ready for coaching.

A wonderful lunch of lasagne, salad and chocolate cake set us up for the afternoon. 
Lunch at the rowing club.

Serpees and Paddlers were mixed together in the two boats for an afternoon of racing.  It was brilliant!  We came off the river happily tired after a great work out and lots of fun, jokes and laughter.
Two teams

Third Dragon Bay Regatta. 11th. September, 2016

This regatta was jointly organised by Paddlers for Life UK, Low Wood Hotels and CBAevents and Paddlers for Life Windermere had two teams in the event. Other teams included paddlers from Manchester Dragoneers and Port Edgar Dragons as well as local organisations, businesses and schools.

2016 dragon boat regatta on Winderemre.

Nine teams participated having three qualifying races each with other entertainments between the morning and afternon races. Teams participated in a Tug-of-war and a Hakka competition.

Photographs of Paddlers for Life teams and visiting teams in the 2016 Gallery.

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New Boat Launch, 14th. August, 2016

Pauline and Jim visited to name the new dragon boat 'Mary at Low Wood' remembering Mary who made the generous donation that allowed Paddlers for LIfe Windermere to purchase the boat.

Mary at Low Wood

It was a time for celebration of a family who made such a thoughtful gift.

Celebration dragon boat cake.

Pauline and Jim announced the name of the new boat and 'dotted the eyes' of the dragon head to bring paddlers the protection of the dragon.

We also celebrated Vicky's birthday. She is a fantastic supporter of Paddlers for Life.

Vicky's birthday.

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Members and supporters at Total Warrior Lakes 6th, August, 2016

Paddlers for Life cancer survivor members and supporters attracted a lot of attention from other participants, spectators, event staff and photographers this year with our pink and purple fancy dress, paddles and dragon hats.

Total Warrior Team 2016 at the start.

The weather was very kind to us and it was really encouraging to get the shouts and support from Pam, Louisa, Eunice, Irene, Maureen, Helen, Lynn, John and Judy along with Nicola's family. Steve gave great support with a drink and snack stop after the half way mark and Sian was very creative and busy with her filming and photography.

Total Warrior Team 2016 at the halfway stage.

Here we are around the halfway stage.

Total Warrior Team 2016 approach the finish.

After the last climb. Ten kilometres and 30 obstacles almost over.

Total Warrior Team 2016 have finished Total Warrior 2016.

Meanwhile please consider making a donation to Paddlers for Life using this link, which could be increased with Gift Aid if you are a tax payer. Or put some money in an envelope and pass it on to our treasurer. The money will go towards day to day costs such as garage rental.
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Ready to go. Ready to go. The venue. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. The ice Water dunk. After the mud crawl. After the mud crawl. After the mud crawl. After the mud crawl. The slide. After the slide. The slide. The slide. The log carry. The log carry. The log carry. Peak of pain. Peak of pain. Peak of pain. Over and under.
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Total Warrior collage.

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