PADDLERS from Pershore Phoenix Dragon Boat Club have won a Dragon boat racing competition on snow in the Alps.

The team members joined with others to make up a team called ‘Iced Gems’, and won the competition on snow.

In Snow Dragon Boat racing the quarter tonne boat, plus paddlers, is mounted onto skis.

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The event was held in Le Grand-Bornand, France. Iced Gems was made up of people from the Pershore, Worcester area as well as people from Henley-on-Thames and Milton Keynes.

The team had never raced a dragon boat on snow before but competed against teams from the UK, Germany, France and Switzerland.

They won the event ahead of a German team in second place, and a French team in third.

Dan and Linda from Pershore Phoenix Dragon Boat Racing club said it was a fantastic event in a wonderful setting.

This was the first foray into Dragon Boat racing on snow and the team could be set for a return next winter.

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