The Announcers are hereby announced for Dragon Bay Windermere 2014!
Shouting, screaming and jeering you across the lake will be Keni Mayes and Ben Berry. Find out more about them here:
Since 2000, Keni has been a key member of the Three RIver Serpents Dragon boat Club based in Durham City. Keni has helped to develop the Club having been chairperson for a number of years and as one of the coaches. She promotes the sport both locally, nationally and internationally, and her enthusiasm and knowledge encourage many to participate.
Keni is a PE teacher at a North East Secondary school and despite her demanding job she is committed to paddling competitively with the Three River Serpents and has also represented Great Britain at dragon boating with the Premier Ladies Team from 2002 to 2004. She has won a number of medals representing Great Britain, including a gold medal from the World Championships in China in 2004. She was part of the Three River Serpent team who competed at the World Club Crew Championships in Canada in 2006 when they were ranked 11th in the world.
Keni has also been a member of OCUK in London, the UK’s premier outrigger canoe club since 2002. With OCUK she has competed in many European and worldwide championships both individually and with the crew.
Keni had no hesitation at all in helping Paddlers For Life establish themselves as a Dragon boat team and continues to support them with coaching. Her relationship with Paddlers for Life is a source of enormous pleasure and pride. Keni was planning to travel with the team this October to the World Breast Cancer Games in Sarasota, but is pregnant and due to give birth then!
Ben Berry runs duel roles at Dragon Bay being Event Director as well as general shouty man. His event experience includes the Low Wood No Wood Cardboard Boat Race and Festival of Smoke both on behalf of English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues, our location partner.
As a local ginger Politician Ben is used to standing out and getting heard. Be prepared!