Silver for GB at EU Dragon Boat Championships – by POWERbreathe user

Robin Oakley is a POWERbreathe user and one of the paddling squad in the GB Grand Dragons (over 50's) team who won two silver medals at the EU Dragon Boat Championships in Nottingham last year.

Robin, head coach at Hemel Hempstead Canoe Club said, "We did fantastically well, especially as we are all over 50 and still all really fit and active, no gently sinking into middle age and inactivity for us! Sadly it was all rather eclipsed by the Olympics."

Robin is world record holder and in October 2010 was part of the team who broke the 24-hour distance dragon boat Guinness World Record on Derwent Water by paddling 175.6km. POWERbreathe breathing training was part of his preparation, and you can see him in the picture, training with his POWERbreathe Plus Level 3 (HR).

Dragon boats are 40 feet long and have 20 paddlers plus a helm and a drummer. The races are 200, 2000, and 500 metres. "We went flat out for gold in the final of the 500 metres, the last race. We pushed really hard and made the lead but went a tad too soon and got beaten across the line and ended up in 4th place in a hotly contested duel. It was incredibly hard." Robin commented.

Robin Oakley is a freelance personal trainer and paddling coach and hopes to be part of the squad for the world championships this year in Hungary. Robin has a GB selection time trial for the grand dragons on 16th March and soon after he’ll know if he’s been selected for his country at the Dragon Boat World Championships in Hungary in July.

“I am reasonably confident I will be selected. I have free weights and a paddle machine and train every day at the moment as well as using my POWERbreathe morning and night.” Robin informed us.

We’d like wish Robin good luck for the World Championships from all at POWERbreathe Towers.

Read more about how POWERbreathe breathing training can improve your breathing strength and stamina for paddling, rowing and canoeing. If however you’re already using POWERbreathe for this then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear from you.

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