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Rowing onwards and upwards from breast cancer

LINDISFARNE Rowing Club hosted the Dragons Abreast Tasmania ‘Come and Try’ day on 13 October.

During the month of October, Dragons Abreast Australia groups hosted community events to raise awareness of the benefits of dragon boat racing for breast cancer survivors.

Dragons Abreast Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation consisting of breast cancer survivors of various ages, backgrounds, athletic abilities and interests.

Lindisfarne club member Janice Reid said Dragons Abreast paddling was all about breast cancer survivors of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels coming together to train, race and have fun.

“It is a great opportunity to get fit and receive support from others who have been through something similar to yourself,” she said.

“We often have coffee after paddling and have formed a strong sense of comradery.

“Through our competitions interstate and overseas, many of us have developed friendships with other Dragons Abreast paddlers across the globe.”

Dragons Abreast members give a face to breast cancer statistics and help spread the message of breast cancer awareness through participation in the wonderful and strenuous sport of dragon boat racing.

Since 1998, Dragons Abreast has witnessed breast cancer survivors directly benefit from participation in its program.

“I have a passion to try and promote the club and get it out to other breast cancer survivors that there is life after surgery,” Ms Reid said.

For people interested, they can visit the Lindisfarne Rowing Club on Saturdays at 8am.

For inquiries, email hobart@dragonsabreast.com.au.

Caption: Local Dragons Abreast members working as a team out on the water, improving their strength and health after surviving breast cancer.