2018 is our eleventh paddling season.
An anniversary film of the First Ten Years of Paddlers for Life can be seen here.
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Dragon Bay Regatta 9th. September, 2018
This annual regatta is to raise funds for Paddlers for Life Windermere and other local charities. Using our boats, helms and safety team, six teams raced in heats. There were also awards for best team spirit, best dressed team, team Hakka and fastest race, race champions and overall winners.
Paddlers for Life team perform their hakka.
They also win the award for best dressed team.
In spite of a wet and blustery start to the day the weather improved during the day and participating teams had a great time.
Thanks to Low Wood Hotel, CBA events and all the teams for making it such a brilliant day.
Another friend and team mate remembered.
Meryl joined Paddlers in the early days and was our first pink glam drummer. At our first exciting regatta , on a duck pond in Lytham, she gave it her all, donning pink marigolds, pink feather boa and pink pom poms on her head, she drummed us over the line in style. She always had a smile and plenty of energy for life.She was an absolute miracle and a huge testament to the human spirit, an amazing and lovely woman.
Remembering a wonderful friend and team mate. Sunday 26th. August, 2018
Many paddlers gathered to remember Suzanne who paddled with us from the first days of Paddlers for Life in 2008 until she moved to the United States with her family in 2011. Suzanne was always smiling, enthusiastic and ready to participate to the full in everything she did and her family all came along for the ride. Full of warmth and humour Suzanne's positivity and her 'can do' attitude were infectious.
Off to Florence to participate in an international participatory festival. 2nd. July, 2018
All the preparations are about to come to fruition as a team of survivors and supporters set off for Florence to participate in an international festival for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams. These international festivals have been held every four years and 122 teams are taking part in the 2018 event.
Paddlers have already met with paddlers from Vernon BC Canada.
Paddling Session, 10th. June, 2018
We had a good turnout with John and Helen at the helm. It was a great morning paddle with two boats out and two new paddlers too.
A fantastic team effort from the Florence crew practising race starts, lengthening the stroke........trying to take 2 inches off the back of the stroke and put it on the front really helped the crew and we certainly lifted Mary at Low Wood out of the water with the help of our supporters filling in for our wonderful Worcester ladies who were with us in spirit.
We are well and truly heading for Florence and as our wonderful Sue would of said to us “We have already won the race by being here” Woo Hoo !!!
In the afternoon we made our straw boaters and sashes ready for the Florence parade again it was a real team
effort from all learning new skills and the pictures truly show that at the Pink Parade we PFL Windermere
will stand out from the crowd
Well done crew and what a great day had by all.
Eye Dotting our dragons and Supporters Thank You. 3rd. June, 2018
The 'spirits' of our three dragons were awoken in our eye dotting ceremony as three of the newer members painted in the eyes of the heads of our dragon boats. This event recalls Chinese dragon boat traditions where special foods are served. Survivor paddlers thanked supporters with a wonderful selection of cakes and other foods.
Health and Wellbeing Event, Kendal. 29th. May, 2018
Mags and June promoted the activities of Paddlers for Life at a MacMillan Cancer health and wellbeing event in Kendal.
On a beautiful day, coaching with Keni and a Flower Ceremony. 27th. May, 2018
Two crews were taken through their paces training for a visit of some paddlers to an International Festival in Florence.
Family and friends of Sue, a founder member of the team, came to join current and past members of Paddlers for Life and other visitors who gathered to remember a much loved member of the team.
Evening Paddle, 24th. May, 2018
We had a fantastic paddle last night with a full boat and our goddess Roz at the helm. Apart from a couple of boats and paddle boarders we had the lake to ourselves.
The weather was warm and sunny with a slight breeze and the water level was low.
The crew were made up of survivors and supporters The Florence Crew in race positions with paddlers kindly slotting in where needed to enable race practice.
Roz took us through paddling and race technique, along with distance paddling to improve stamina and
strength "taking an inch off the back and reaching forward and putting it on the front.", "Long and strong."
We practised 500 metres races starting with the commands pre race positions, down and ready, attention, go and putting in power 10’s from the front of the boat during the race. We really lifted Artemis Phyllis and our paddling rate was over 5.6 miles an hour.
The smiles tell it all...
Flower making workshop. 20th. May, 2018
We had a wonderful workshop this afternoon from Shelley and Neecol Barlow to learn to make garlands for
Florence for the Team Pink Procession. New skills were learned and Shelley and Nico as usual were fantastic
leads as PfL members had never made anything like this before...
Thank you to them both for their creativity, patience and guidance.
Only 630 flowers to go so no pressure... Paddlers for Life we can do it.
Florence training session. 20th. May, 2018
We had a great paddle today with Artemis Phyllis helmed by Roz in the morning and Helen in the afternoon.
It was lovely to have survivors and supporters in the boat together as one and the strength and stamina of
the team was amazing as we practised 500 metres ready for Florence. As we paddle together we surged on the wake due to it being a busy day on the lake. We got wet, bailed out and had a lovely lunch together by the waters edge.
A great paddling day had by all.
Another May Evening Practice for Florence. 17th. May, 2018
Could there be a more perfect location? What gorgeous paddling weather!
University of the Third Age visit with some French exchange visitors.
Two full boats of paddlers and lovely paddling conditions made for a gorgeous day of paddling for members and visitors.
Evening Paddle Thursday 10th. May, 2018
Helen was our helm. It was a lovely evening with some sunshine but a light breeze we were on the water for
Mags took us through the 8 week training plan Keni designed for us to aid strength, stamina and timing.
We paddled down to White cross bay using paddling techniques of pyramids ,blind paddling, paddle tap, zig
zags and race starts in preparation for Florence.
As the smiles show it was a great first evening paddle of the season.
Pool of Life Regatta in Liverpool 7th. May, 2018
We dressed Aloha Aloha in memory of Sue and this was just before our last race.
Our first race was dedicated to Sue it was a 350 mtr and our timings went as follows race 1, 2.16, race 2,
2.12 , Race 3, 2.08 and final race timings were smashed with 1.59.
Everyone really enjoyed it and the smiles showed it despite feeling tired with a few aching muscles.
All Hands on Deck, 8th. April, 2018
Our Trustees have been busy planning our 2018 season which includes preparation for the International Festival in Florence in July. This requires a great deal of practice and preparation in a short time.
Part of that preparation was a day of getting everything ready to get the boats on the water this season. So, many members gathered to repair and clean the boats,check equipment, prepare the support rib, assemble the pontoon and train members in preparing the boats for the water aas well as giving training to do initial briefings for new paddlers on safety and paddling technique. Roz was the leader for this busy day.
Pre-season fitness session. 25th. March, 2018
Some members attended a fitness session at Kendal Leisure Centre to keep fitness ready for the 2018 season. There is much to do to be ready for the July Festival in Florence.
Down and Ready Day 18th. March, 2018
As the paddling season approaches Paddlers for Life Windermere prepare by coming together to review procedures for getting the boat on the water, paddling and safety. It is a busy day full of hard work by all the members with Roz leading and keeping everyone on task!
Seriously though, we had a fruitful day with occasional R+R sharing the wonderful food people were sharing.
Thanks to everyone for contributing their skills, knowledge and experience. Our 2018 season will get off to a cracking start as the team prepare for the International Festival in Florence.
Sue Cogley, a founder member of Paddlers for Life breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.
5th. March, 2018
This was the day, amongst a crowded and over-flowing room of family and friends, Paddlers for Life members and supporters said our ‘Goodbye’ to Sue.
Her guiding hand was very apparent in Sue’s ‘Celebration of Life’ and it was easy to smile at the narrative she had helped compose and bring to mind the many happy memories of Sue that her words conjured into our thoughts. The celebration was very much about the Sue we know and love.
Sue loved her family but what was also clear was how much she loved the life experiences and friendships her extended dragon boat paddling ‘family’ of Paddlers for Life brought to her along with extended links to people across the world.
At such a sad moment even with our sense of loss, it was wonderful to come away with a feeling of such positivity. This warm feeling arose from acknowledgement of a good life lived so beautifully, purposefully and with love.
Thank you Sue and “Aloha” it was indeed joyful sharing life.
Along with Louisa, Sandra, Eve, Christine and others who held the same vision, they found funding for the boats and equipment and our beautiful location to paddle in.
Sue and her family have been at the centre of Paddlers for Life activities over the eleven year life of the team. Sue's vision, drive, humour, warmth and organisational skills have ensured the team members have enjoyed a huge range of experiences which have improved the health, lives and wellbeing of many cancer survivor members and supporters.
What wonderful times we have all had thanks to Sue and the many members who have joined in supporting the team's activities. We are all lucky to have made a friend of Sue and will hold her and her family closely in our hearts with many fond and happy memories of the time we have shared.
Our New Season is on its way starting with the 8th. Coffee Morning fundraiser at Silverdale.
The Coffee Morning Fundraiser was on Saturday 27th. January in the Gaskell Memorial Hall, Emesgate Lane, Silverdale.
As usual members of Paddlers for Life Windermere and the stalwart supporters in Silverdale covered the stalls, raffle and tombola as well as serving refreshments.Along with the generous residents who attended the coffee morning this managed to raise another record amount for the activities of Paddlers for Life WIndermere. £1495.85 was raised. Special thanks to Mags and June who did so much to organise this event.
Over these eight years the residents of Silverdale have helped raise the grand sum of £9134.38 and that is brilliant.
See the Events calendar for further information on Gym Sessions, a General Meeting, Celebratory Lunch and a water safety session in the pool at Kendal Leisure Centre.
10th Anniversary Film
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Dragon Bay Dragon Boat Regatta website
This event is co-hosted by Paddlers for Life, UK and English Lakes Hotels.
The 2015 event report is here.
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