On Tuesday, 13th September I had the immense pleasure of rowing on a Dragon Boat racing team for the company I work for. This was a charity race organised by Bloodwise, formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to raise funds for the charity. This organisation is committed to beating all blood cancers and plenty of their research aids in other cancer research too. All donations from the race went to support this research aimed to cure blood cancers.
I have to admit, I was incredibly scared that I was going to make the biggest fool of myself. I am not the world’s most athletic person, but I wanted to give this a go. Not just for the great cause, but for bragging rights too! Having lost grandparents to cancer, I wanted to do this small bit for the cause.
The race was hosted by the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in East London. It was the perfect setting for this surprisingly, uber-competitive charity race. Although I arrived, filled with trepidation, I ended up enjoying myself so much. I even thought the team was doing incredibly well at one point! Apart from the warm and fuzzy feelings from attending an even for a good cause, we all got an adrenaline kick out of it too. I am definitely not a competitive person but I wanted to win! We didn’t win, but we didn’t even care!
Kayaking and other water sports are such a great idea in London because there are rivers and dams everywhere! It is probably one of the easiest sports I have found that I don’t have to be overly fit to be involved with. Docklands have an open water day every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the Summer. With a fee of £10 pp and free if you become a member of the club. However, if you are not an experienced “sailor”, even going to watch on these evenings is amazing!
It really was such a fantastic evening, there is nothing like watching the sunset from a boat on the water which is exactly what we had the great blessing to do.