It’s a dragon dream come true, says world beater Peter from Tring

Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Hungary. Pictured is the Great Britain Senior Team.
Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Hungary. Pictured is the Great Britain Senior Team.

Dragon boat racing

A Tring man can now claim world champion status is a booming water sport that is little known in the UK but massive elsewhere in the world.

Among the winners at the Dragon Boat World Championships in Hungary was Peter Dodimead, who is part of the Great Britain senior squad that won gold in the 10-man 200m senior open category.

They also claimed bronze in the 10-man 500m senior category.

The dad, who lives in the High Street and trains with Batchworth Dragons in Rickmansworth, sits at the helm of the boat steering the vessel and issuing race calls. He described the win as a dream come true.

“I’m delighted. It is something I have always wanted,” said the 54-year-old.

The growing sport has already taken off in China and Canada and claims to be the second biggest participant sport in the world, beaten only by football.

Peter became involved after his interest was sparked when his son joined a dragon boating team.

“I joined the club that he paddles for and then trailled for Great Britain,” said Peter. He has been part of the senior team – open to the over 40s – for four years.

The Great Britain ladies senior team, which includes Sue Prowse from Hemel Hempstead, also came up trumps in the contest winning two gold medals.