Success from competing in the British Rafting National Selections has given the Red Rose Rafting team the opportunity to represent Great Britain at the IRF European Championships in Czech Republic. Though no strangers to international competition they are excited and looking forward to this amazing opportunity.
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Bex has paddled with Red Rose for 8 years and it is her 8th Year competing internationally. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, keeping fit and in the last 2 years she has taken up Boxing.
Bex says “I am delighted to be leading the team this year and I hope we can put all our training and hard work into practice and give our best performance to date.”
Ali brings a wealth of experience as she’s no stranger to rafting and this will be her 8th year competing internationally. She has rafted as part of Red Rose for 14 years. In her free time, Ali enjoys being outside with her family adventuring.
Ali says she likes the team aspect of rafting as well as getting to visit different countries.
SJ has been part of Red Rose since the team was formed as a group of friends back in 2009. This is SJ’s 8th year competing internationally When SJ is not rafting you will find her on a river showing off her SUP skills or off on adventure in her van.
SJ says the best thing about rafting is the opportunities it brings and the adventures with friends around the world.
Ange joins Red Rose for her 4th international competition. She is an experienced rafter and previously worked as a raft guide before she joined the ambulance service. Ange brings to the team her extent of river knowledge and expertise. In her free time Ange enjoys lots of adventures with her dog Nimbus.
Ange says the best part of rafting is getting the opportunity to paddle different rivers.
Besides being a rafter Steph is a sprint and marathon kayaker, so you will often find Steph in the front of the boat setting the pace. In her free time, Steph enjoys socialising with friends sitting back with movies and travelling the world.
She says the best thing about rafting is the places you get to go and the people you meet along the way.
This is not Anita’s first time on the international circuit, as she is an experienced slalom kayaker and previous member of British Rafting Masters team. In her spare time she enjoys drinking tea, and tries her hand at growing her own vegetables. You will most likely find Anita on the water, where she paddles most crafts, including coracles!! Anita has said she loves the team aspect of rafting and the camaraderie that goes with it as well as the thrills and spills, not to mention the fact that rafting keeps you strong.
New to the team this year, this will be Sapphires first international competition. She has loved joining the team, learning something new each week and working together push each other in training.In her free time, Sapphire can be found paddle boarding, running or hiking around her local area.
Kitty is new to the world of rafting, having picked up a paddle for the first time only last summer. She has loved every second of it since, especially being part of the team and learning something new every training session from her teammates. In her spare time Kitty likes to go climbing, paddle boarding, on walks with her dog Rudi, and can regularly be found hitting the gym