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Island Breaststrokers

Team Personality: 
The Island Breaststrokers dragon boat team of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada was formed in the fall of 1996 by Marjorie Woodroffe after she witnessed Vancouver’s “Abreast in a Boat”, the original breast cancer survivor team, race in the 1996 Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. We are women from all walks of life, proud to be models of a healthy lifestyle. We prove that regular physical exercise plays a critical role in helping women living through breast cancer to return to an unrestricted, active lifestyle. We have been lucky enough to take our message around the world to places like South Africa, Singapore, Australia, Miami and Israel.
Practice Times: 
Our season begins Jan 19, with practices every Sat at 8.30-10.30 until March when we paddle 3 times a week; Mon and Wed evenings as well as the Saturdays. The Learn to Paddle program begins in April with 2 practices a week.
Goals: 
To provide breast cancer survivors with an opportunity to participate in strenuous repetitive upper body exercise, to demonstrate in dragon boat competition the benefits of an active lifestyle and to raise public awareness of the disease. We believe anyone with breast cancer who wishes to participate should have the opportunity to join in this healthy, supportive, and inspirational sport. We will compete in 4 local festivals this year as well as working towards competing in the Nationals on Elk Lake in August 2013.
Fees: 
Team membership for the year is $250 (Jan- Dec) and includes all equipment, insurance, boat rentals, festival costs, coaching and all the social events. The 8 week Learn to Paddle program is $200 (April-June) and includes equipment, coaching, rentals with the option to join the team afterwards for $26, the cost of Dragon Boat Canada insurance.
Looking For: 
We are looking for any breast cancer survivor that is interested in trying out this sport, healthy lifestyle and making a connection with other survivors. Regular attendance at practices is requested to develop skills and a solid team.