It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month and St Neots Dragon Boat Team SNDBT are massively proud to announce their plans for the newest team in St. Neots
St Neots Pink Paddlers will be aimed at providing support through sport to ladies (and gents) who have recovered or are recovering from breast (and other) cancers.
It’s been repeatedly proven that Dragon Boating provides significant health benefits and aids with lymphedema symptoms.
We will start with basic introductory ‘Pink Paddler’ sessions every other Saturday morning starting from Saturday November 8th and aim to launch the team fully in the spring of 2015. You must have at least 3 months from the end of your treatments, we also advise you discuss this with your GP.
For more information or to register your interest please contact us
We have lots of information and testimonials how Dragon Boating could help you on the road to, or after recovery.
Breast cancer survivors’ dragon boating is an international movement inspired by the research of Canadian sports medicine specialist Don McKenzie. Survivors of breast cancer join together to paddle dragon boats to the benefit of their physical health and social wellbeing.
In a 1998 paper in the Canadian Medical Association Journal McKenzie described how in February 1996 he started a dragon boat team for women with a history of breast cancer, which the women chose to name Abreast in a Boat. He believed that this activity would benefit breast cancer survivors as it provided strenuous upper body activity in an aesthetically pleasing and socially supportive environment. His paper concludes:
How important is the Abreast in a Boat project? It is an approach to promoting health and raising breast cancer awareness that is driven by women with the disease. It reaches out to other women and gentlemen and offers them a message of hope and support.
It is helping to change attitudes toward “life after breast cancers,” and it encourages women and men to lead full and active lives. It is making a difference.
The International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) is an international organisation based in Canada. It describes itself as: “an international umbrella organisation whose mandate is to encourage the establishment of predominately breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness. We support the development of recreational dragon boat paddling as a contribution to a healthy life style for those diagnosed with breast cancer.” As of August 2011 it had member organisations in Australia (29 groups), Canada (41), Ireland (1), Italy (5), New Zealand (7), Singapore (1), South Africa (1), United Kingdom (7) and United States (24)