Dragon Boat Race: Q & A with Sean McCallion


 The Dragon Boat race will take place next week on Thursday 8 September 2016. Ahead of the event, we spoke to our Corporate Partnerships Manager, Sean McCallion.

Q: So how long have Back Up been involved with the Dragon Boat race?

A: It’s been a regular in the Back Up calendar for 12 years now and has raised over £250,000 since we started doing it. With a typical Back Up course costing about £10,000 to £15,000, the money raised has helped a huge number of people.

Q: When did you get involved with the event? And why is it special to you?

A: I’ve been involved for the past 3 years since taking over the role of Corporate Partnerships Manager. It’s a great opportunity to get lots of our regular supporters together and meet some new ones. It’s also a really fun evening, so it doesn’t feel like work!


Q: How many teams are involved in the race this year?

A: We’ve got 15 teams this year including some regulars from Stewarts Law, Leigh Day, HSBC and RBS plus lots of newcomers.

Q: What do corporate teams get out of the event?

A: Dragon boat racing is all about working together, so it works really well as a team building event. We also have a wheelchair challenge course for people to try and a speaker telling their story of how Back Up supported them – it gives it a bit more meaning than just going for an after work jolly.  That’s why we get teams coming back year after year.  It’s also in London, so it makes it easy for lots of the companies based in the city to take part.


Q: What would you say to someone thinking about entering a team?

A: Just go for it! Get in touch and sign up for next year – we’d love to see you down at London Docklands on 7th September 2017.  As one of the attendees said at a previous event:

“Making a difference to someone’s life should be rewarding, but surely it shouldn’t be this much fun?!”

Q: Anything else you’d you like to add?

A: Just a big thanks and good luck to all the teams taking part!

If you'd like to take part in next year's Dragon Boat race, or any other of our corporate events, please get in touch with Sean (Sean@backuptrust.org.uk) for more information.