Canadians Abreast traveled to Dublin Ireland to support the Dublin breast cancer dragon boat team the Plurabelle Paddlers in the dragon boat festival held on the Grand Canal on September 15-16, 2012. Although it was cool, it was an absoutely wonderful and enjoyable experience paddling with the members from across Canada.
In April I was graciously invited to paddle with Warriors on Water, the Orlando based breast cancer dragon boat team at the 9th Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races on April 28th, 2012.
It was an absoutely beautiful day and a tremendous experience. The WOW team placed second in the breast cancer cup race (four breast cancer teams) which was won by the Save Our Sisters team from Miami FL (placing second by only 1.6 seconds). Thank you WOW ladies for allowing me to be part of your experience.
On June 11-13, 2010 Peterbourgh’s breast cancer dragon boat team, Survivors Abreast under the auspices International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission (IBCPC) hosted the third International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival on Little Lake at Del Crary Park in downtown Peterbourgh. The primary objective of IBCPC festivals is to promote breast cancer awareness internationally and to encourage participation from breast cancer survivors.
The event, which included 75 breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams from 7 countries (Australia. Canada, England, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, The United States) was an unprecedented success.
Video: Three MBC survivors paddle in Peterbourgh in the Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival Peterbourgh, Ontario Canada, 2010
The event, which included 75 breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams from 7 countries (Australia. Canada, England, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and The United States) was an unprecedented success. For the first time in the history of the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festivals, three male breast cancer survivors paddled in the Peterbourgh event:
- Casey Hoogeveen, a six year survivor paddling with Breasts Ahoy from Saint John New Brunswick, Canada
- Bob Lawton, an eight year survivor paddling with Dragons Abreast, Sydney from Sydney, Australia
- Herb Wagner, a five year survivor paddling with Canadians Abreast – Messengers. of Hope, from Woodstock Ontario/Brooksville/Florida