If you have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, are at least three months post-treatment and are looking for a way to strengthen both body and spirit, dragon boat racing might just be for you!
The Breast Friends crew is all smiles in Vancouver
Dragon Boat Season
The Dragon Boat training and racing season runs from February through to September.¬† We hold an orientation meeting early in January each year, where¬†potential new team members are invited to¬†register for the upcoming training and racing season.
Posing for the camera at Edmonton Festival 2011
Our Training Program
There are three phases of the training program:
February & March – Weight training/cardiovascular exercises
April & May – paddling resistance program in a pool boat + weight training/cardiovascular exercises
Late May to September – paddling on open water
Learning to use the machines at the YMCA weight room
No previous fitness or paddling experience is required. The program accommodates all fitness levels and abilities. We train three times a week with trained coaches and instructors. Team members must attend 60% of practices¬†in order to move through the three phases of training and¬†be eligible to race.
Practicing in the Breast Friends pool boat
Stretching after our workout at the Y
Our annual membership fee is $75 which includes all training, participation in the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival and a Breasts Friends team shirt and PFD. You may wish to purchase a paddle and gloves.¬† If you wish to participate in out-of -town festivals there is an additional cost involved, but travel is not required to be a member of the team.
Pushing off from the dock
Splashing around after a race in Penticton
Committees and Fundraising
Members are required to join a committee each year (eg.¬†fundraising, festivals, training), and participate in some fundraising activities.¬† Each spring we hold a Silent Auction, which is our major fundraising event of the year.
Our "Bra Catcher" captures the spirit of our movement
Our program promotes improved fitness, camaraderie, and support for all members. There is life after a diagnosis of breast cancer and it can be active, challenging and fun!