Dragon Boating For Cancer Recovery

Have you had breast cancer? Maybe you should try dragon boating!

Rainbow Dragons Abreast is inviting breast cancer survivors and their supporters to come & try dragon boat paddling at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head on Sunday 21 October, 9:30-11:30am.

Since Dr Don McKenzie’s ground-breaking research in 1996 into the effects of exercise on women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, dragon boating has been hailed an ideal activity due to the repetitive upper-body movement, which can be tailored to any age or level of ability. As well as improving strength and fitness, the sport has many added benefits to boost emotional wellbeing; training in a beautiful outdoor environment, the camaraderie of working in a team, the support of women with shared experiences, the joy of trying new things, social interaction, travel… the list goes on.

Rainbow Dragons Abreast is under the umbrella of Dragons Abreast Australia, as well as being part of a larger sports club (Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club), offering many opportunities for the keen paddler as well as the novice.

This year, eight breast cancer survivors and four supporters from the club competed in the International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission regatta in Florence, Italy. Rainbow Dragons Abreast teams have previously won gold at Pan Pacific Masters Games and the Australian Masters.

So, if you want to be fitter, healthier, happier and make new friends trying a new activity in a supportive and encouraging environment, sign up for a free, fun morning of paddling with coaching and equipment provided. No experience necessary! All you need to bring is a water bottle, and wear comfy clothes (e.g. shorts & t-shirt) and shoes that can get wet. And don’t forget your sun protection.

After learning the fundamentals and paddling on the lake, morning tea will be provided. Please contact Juliette Sizer (RDA President) on 0421 550 335 for more information.

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