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MATCH DAY EMPLOYEE WINS BOATING MEDALS IN ROME

10 August 2016

Tracy Dickenson works for City sponsor Provident Financial through the week and also works in the control room at the Northern Commercials Stadium on a match day; in her spare time though she competes on behalf of Great Britain in Dragon Boat racing and recently claimed three medals out racing in the Italian capital, Rome. 

Dragon Boat racing originated in China and the boats were traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta in the country's Southern Guangdong Province. A sport that has been a Chinese tradition for over 2,000 years, it has now seemingly become popular on our continent and Tracy and co helped guide Great Britain to success at the European Championships.

We spoke to her recently and she told us all about it.

'I've recently been to Rome where I competed in the European Championships for Dragon Boating, representing Great Britain and I came back with two silver medals; one for the 500 metres race and one for the 2000 metres race.' 

'We were just beaten by Germany but managed to hold off the other 22 teams through heats, and I also received a bronze medal for the 200 metres paddle, paddling in 40 degrees heat.'

'We had a crew of 20 people, with the helm which steers the boat at the back and a drummer which gets the team going and gets the rhythm going for the race.'

'We went out to Italy and spent a week out there; for about five days we did some training and obviously racing and those were 12 hour days which is really, really intense.'

'It was just amazing to get on the podium three times and we just missed out on getting a gold medal by 0.08 of a second! That's basically one paddle in the water, so it's something to learn from for next year where I'll hopefully be racing in China which is where the sport originated, in Shanghai.'

'The hard work and training for China starts now, ready to trial and try and get into the squad again for next year!'

'I'm a PA and Travel manager at Provident Financial in Bradford and they are obviously sponsors here at Bradford City. In my non-spare time I work at Bradford City, currently in the control room as a logger - I do that on match days.' 

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