Great Britain call is a great moment for Gerard

Gerard Baker of St Neots Dragon Boat Team (left) has been called into the Great Britain Senior squad

Gerard Baker of St Neots Dragon Boat Team (left) has been called into the Great Britain Senior squad for the World Nations Championships. He is pictured with Great Britain senior head coach Alyson Butterfield (centre) and Mick Clarke (St Neots Dragon Boat Team chairman, right). - Credit: Archant

A St Ives man has described international selection as being ‘one of the greatest moments of my life’.

Dragon boat racer Gerard Baker is heading to the World Nations Championships after being named in the Great Britain senior squad.

The 44-year-old becomes the second member of the St Neots Dragon Boat team to earn selection for the world event in Canada between August 19 and 23 after Gavin Sinclair was called into the Great Britain Elite squad.

Baker said: “It’s amazing and I am very proud of what I have achieved. It is no exaggeration to say it is one of the greatest moments of my life.

“The camaraderie and welcome the GB team gave me, even before I made the final squad, has been second to none.”


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“I can’t wait until August to be sat on the plane to Canada and have the chance to test my mettle against the best the rest of the world has to offer.”

The GB senior squad trained on the River Ouse at St Neots over the weekend.

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