A group of people, totally inspired by you, have helped develop the idea of Purple Warriors.

Why are we doing this?

We want to make a difference … inspired by the difference you have made for us

To change your life … inspired by your sacrifices to keep us safe

To set you a new challenge … inspired by the challenges you’ve already overcome

To introduce you to people with your outlook … inspired by the teamwork that makes you great

Because we are …. totally inspired by you



  • Nigel Bedford

    Nigel Bedford

    Nigel is a retired Army officer (24 years in the Royal Artillery) and a GB dragon boater. His military service included active service in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, and Iraq. He took up dragon boating in 2005 while living in Australia and continued with the sport on his return to UK in 2011. He represented GB at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and has won one gold and three bronze medals. He is currently operations manager for a professional services firm based in London. “I want to make a difference for those who have made a sacrifice for their country”

  • Bernard Broadhurst

    Bernard Broadhurst

    Bernard is a serving member of the Royal Marines, Chairman of Exe-Calibre Dragon boat Racing club and a member of the GB team since 2012.

    He joined the Royal Marines in 1983 and is currently Chief Cook of 40 Commando RM. He has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Bernard has competed in two European championships and two World championships, winning several medals in the process, including one Gold.

    “I have been very lucky in my career and very fortunate in my sport and would like to help to give something back to both parts and I would consider it an honour to help Purple Warriors”

  • Brad Collings

    Brad Collings

    Following on from a career in the REME, Brad decided to adopt the motto, “Join the Army and clean the world”, and is now the owner of a national cleaning company. Whilst in Her Majesty’s employment and beyond, he has always been very competitive in sport as well as in life and played, football, rugby, water polo and judo. However after years of these sports, and a couple of knee ops along the way, he realised that he needed another sport to compete in, that he could push himself to feel sick and was lucky enough to find dragon boat racing.

    Representing Queen and Country once more and putting on a GB kit to be part of a unit again, is something he is immensely proud about. He has won medals for GB in European and World Championships, which could only be bettered by doing it with a bunch of ex squaddies.

  • Paul Cutmore

    Paul Cutmore

    Paul is a Dragon Boater who has won medals of every colour on the World and European stage. He owns a successful global branding, design and marketing consultancy called immaculate, based in West London. He has deep-rooted respect for the armed forces through family connections and this, together with his creative background helped him pen the words ‘inspired by you’ and develop the visual communications for Purple Warriors brand and this website.

    To Paul ‘inspired by you’ captures the essence of why Purple Warriors was formed – it’s a simple message that resonates strongly with him. Paul is “…determined to make a positive difference” for the Purple Warriors paddlers.

    Paul is the Purple Warriors Head Coach.

  • Steven ‘Charlie’ Farley

    Steven ‘Charlie’ Farley

    Charlie has served for over 40 years in the British Army and is currently working at Eton College as Quarter Master Eton Rifles.  He is also a member of the Queens Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard.  He was quartermaster to Team GB for eleven Olympic and three Commonwealth Games and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to sport. He is married with two grown up children. He “… can’t wait to help impaired military people engage with dragon boating and to go on to achieve something special.”

  • Mark Harding

    Mark Harding

    Mark is one of you! Shot through the spine in Afghanistan in 2010, and told he might never walk again, he confounded the medical professional and fought back.  In 2014, he represented GB in the European Dragon Boat Championships! See ‘A soldier’s story ’.

    Mark lives in the Lake District, trains with Powerhouse Dragon Boat Club in Stockton-on-Tees, and is now a motivational speaker.

  • Jo Hawkins

    Jo Hawkins

    Jo learnt to paddle in Hong Kong almost 10 years ago, but her love for being out on the water really started with her local club Kingston Royals Dragon Boat Club, with whom she went to compete internationally in Italy, Hungary, and Hong Kong. She was the team drummer for GB Seniors in the 2012 European Championships and 2013 World Championships, winning three gold medals. So be warned, she’s not shy at giving orders!

    She’s now a new mum to a 9 month old baby boy, works as a strategy director for a global law firm in London and is trying to fit in training for the RideLondon 100 mile cycle in July. Being part of the Purple Warriors team means she can share her love of paddling with a group of people who will go on to achieve great things.

  • Jenni Henderson

    Jenni Henderson

    Jenni started Dragon Boat racing in 2010 when looking for a new sport to keep fit and is a member of Worcester Dragons and is now also a British Dragon Boat Association Executive Member.

    Living and working in Worcester where she moved to from Scotland she runs her own business offering marketing support and help to business owners. In 2014 she was appointed as the GB Team Manager where she co-ordinates and supports all the teams that compete at International level and has attended World and European Championships in Tampa Bay, Nottingham, Hungary, Prague and Welland, Niagara.

    Jenni is proud to support the Purple Warriors having many friends in the military who have served over a number of  years.

  • Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst

    Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst

    Amanda has been dragon Boating for several years, she is an Executive member & Coach of Exe-Calibre DB Club, has represented Great Britain in the European & World dragon boat Championships for 6 consecutive years (winning many medals, which include 7 Gold) and is currently part of the coaching team (Assistant coach) for the GB Seniors Squad. Also involved in other water-sports/clubs.

    Amanda has been interested and very much involved in the development from the outset & local coaching of the Purple Warriors. Her connection with the military includes 31 years married to a Royal Marine and  an essential part of the Military family. I have a personal interest in helping and supporting those that have served our country.

    Amanda is the Purple Warriors Assistant Coach.