a bit about us

Who are the Bourne Water Dragons?

We’re a dragon boating team for cancer survivors based in Bournemouth. We were set up in May 2019 by four people who shared a desire to make the exhilarating sport of dragon boating accessible to ALL cancer survivors.

The Bourne water Dragons team out on the river for practice

What do we do?

We run a club that practices and participates in dragon boating events across the UK and Europe. But what we really do is provide an environment for cancer survivors to enjoy sports with like minded individuals to aid their recovery.

Our mission

We aim to support anyone who has been affected by cancer by creating a mutually friendly and empathetic environment for individuals to enjoy themselves and stay active.

The team
Meet the team

The Bourne Water Dragons are made up of fantastic individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and we welcome everyone to get involved in our club in either a small or large way.


Bob King

Bob is a member of both BWD and MENTALK - a group for men who have had or have cancer or whose loved ones have been affected by cancer. Bob also loves cruising the oceans and watching Grand Prix racing. If looking after grandchildren is a hobby that's one and walks down by the sea and in the New Forest. He loves living by the sea and river but dislikes cold water swimming.


Valerie Kelly

It is truly great to be a member of such a wonderful team of caring and inspiring people. I just love the banter as we proceed on our journey and one or two poems have emerged as members observed antics in the boat. It is up to the individual if they want to discuss their cancer journey or not. Everyone’s story is different yet we all have a common goal, to keep fit, keep smiling and carry on.


David Buckland

David (Dave) is fortunate enough not to have had cancer, but he supports us in every way including becoming a coach and Level 2 Helm.

Meet the Team
The Bourne Water Dragons racing in the Cookham Regatta

What is dragon boating?

Dragon boating is an exciting and fast growing water sport that originated from China. It’s a fun activity that anyone can take part in with other team members, either just for fun or in competitive races across the country.

Learn More about Dragon Boating

Get involved

There are lots of ways individual and businesses can support us and we're always looking for new members to join our team. Click the links below to learn more.

Thank you to our sponsors

Stay updated with the BWD

Dragon boating news & events

Read up on some of the latest news and events relating to dragon boating and any announcements we’ve made related to our club.

Christmas with the Bourne Water Dragons

The Bourne Water Dragons make 20 gift bags for Christmas day which were given out by the one and only, Father Christmas

Incredible donation from Haskins Garden Centre

Haskins Garden Centre was invited to the "Dotting of the Eye" ceremony and guest paddle of the new 12-man boat purchased with their donation to the Bournem Water Dragons, an all cancer dragon boating team.

Cookham Regatta 2023

Learn about Bourne Water Dragon's hard work at the 2023 Cookham Regatta

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