Canadian Paddler Petra Mattes has found that being part of a team in Dragon Boat Racing has given her confidence and ambition as well as discovering a successful competitive edge she did not know she had
THE BOLDER WOMAN TELLS THE STORIES OF WOMEN OVER 50 WHO CONTINUE TO BE COMPETITIVE
Presented by Chris Stafford
Podcast length: 33′ 18″
This week’s guest is Canadian Dragon Boat Racer Petra Mattes, who at 57 has been paddling for 20 years; the last ten of which have taken her around the world. It’s a sport that she took up when she was in search of a new activity after her children were grown up, and she has not looked back. Petra is a member of the New Dragons Racing Club Toronto (NDRC) which trains at the Sunnyside Paddling Club in Toronto. Her career highlights include the IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna Italy. She has paddled for the ‘Outer Harbour Senior A Women’ winning gold medals in all three races. In 2017 at the World Nations Championships on Dianchi Lake in Kunming China and has represented Canada for Senior A in the Women’s and the Mixed Divisions where they won eight gold medals out of eight races; four for each division. She is currently preparing for the Canadian. National Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan with the goal of qualifying for France 2020 and she will also be competing in Thailand later this year.
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