Henley Dragons welcome Oxford Paddlers for Life

On Sunday March 25th, Henley Dragons welcomed Oxford Paddlers for Life to join in their training session.

Anne-Marie Haigh joined Henley Dragons last year with a view to setting up a brand-new Dragon Boat club. The result is Oxford Paddlers for Life which was created to promote and support good physical and mental health of people who have been affected by cancer, in particular but not exclusively breast cancer. Research has shown that paddling can improve lymphoedema symptoms for those with the condition, plus there are wider benefits for all paddlers in the team, who can improve their strength and energy levels.

Dragon Boating provides Oxford Paddlers for Life, plus their friends and family, with a fun way of getting their lives back on track after their cancer experience. The aim is to keep things fun, full of camaraderie and mutual support.

Henley Dragons’ coaches welcomed the new paddlers into the club and gave a safety briefing and advice on technique before ensuring each person was correctly fitted with a buoyancy aid. The group then made their way to the waterfront where new and experienced paddlers alike stepped onto the boat for a regular training session lead by Mark Roberts.

After the crew were put through their paces the morning ended as usual with chat, coffee, cake and bacon butties. Both the experienced and inexperienced paddlers enjoyed their time together and the sharing of knowledge.

If you or anyone you know would like to get involved with Oxford Paddlers for Life please contact them via the website oxfordpfl.org

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