History of Survivor Teams & Rowbust

In 1995, in Vancouver, BC, Dr. Don McKenzie, sports medicine physician and exercise physiologist, was researching the issue of rehabilitation following diagnosis and treatment of Breast Cancer. He realized that widespread restrictions on exercise in relation to Breast Cancer amounted to lit-tle more than a myth and concluded that, since everyone's health depends, to some extent, on regular activity, Breast Cancer survivors are no different. Not only does regular exercise make us feel better, it also stimulates the endorphins to lift our spirits and improve our mental outlook. Dr. McKenzie determined that the sport of dragon boating would be ideal for women or men recov-ering from Breast Cancer.

Dragon boating for Breast Cancer Survivors celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. The sport has grown from one team in 1995 to over 150 worldwide in 2015.

In the spring of 2000, Dr. Annette Richard appeared in a newspaper article discussing the benefits of exercise and Breast Cancer survival. She encouraged Breast Cancer survivors to attend an in-formation session and from that, Rowbust Dragon Boat Racing Team was born!

With incredible spirit, teamwork and perseverance, Rowbust is poised for success in each Dragon Boat Festival in which it partici-pates while ever promoting increased awareness of Breast Cancer and celebrating the greatest gift on earth…. Life! Each survivor has faced their own "dragon" and has come away from the battle a much stronger and more enlightened person. This is not to say the journey is an easy one. The journeys may vary, but the outcome is the same, we take each moment and live it.

"Thank you, Dr. Annette Richard!"

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We Are Rowbust!

Rowbust Dragon Boat Racing Team is not your average sports team. Every member of this team is a breast cancer survivor. We’ve all been faced with life-threatening situations and have beaten the odds. In essence, we have defeated our dragons and now we race them!

Through mentorship of other breast cancer survivors, in London and area, Rowbust members are role models who are committed to education and raising awareness in our community about the many positive benefits of physical activity after breast cancer in order to achieve the highest quality of life.

We train year round to get stronger and faster on the water, but we also provide friendship and support for each other through our journeys of survivorship and, all too often, the journey back through cancer. Members we have lost become the angels who push us forward.  We provide hope and support for those who continue to fight cancer, and others who unfortunately must face it for the first time.

Rowbusts core values are; Integrity, Respect and Dedication to Excellence. These values are incorporated into every team decision we make and help to ensure a positive, meaningful experience for all members.

Rowbust competes in Regional, National and International dragon boat racing competitions. We are EIGHT TIME (2010 – 2017) National Champions as well as TWO TIME Club Crew World Champions (CCWC) in the BCS division.

Prior to 2010 there was not a BCS division at the Canadian National level and it was Rowbust who were pioneers in getting the division recognized by Dagon Boat Canada.  Gaining National recognition meant we were eligible to compete at the CCWC who, in 2014, opened its doors to the BCS division for the first time!

In 2014, Rowbust travelled to Ravenna, Italy for the CCWC and paddled our way to win GOLD in three race distances of 200m, 500m and 2000m! Returning to CCWC in Adelaide, Australia in 2016 we successfully defended our title to become two-time Club Crew WORLD Champions.

Now we have the opportunity to defend our title for a third time in Szeged, Hungary for the 2018 International Dragon Boat Federation CCWC in July.  We will race against other BCS teams from Canada, Hungary, Australia, France, Italy and the USA, among other nations.

July 2018 also marks the 5th International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission Dragon Boat Festival in Florence, Italy.  This event, held every four years, is specifically for BCS teams from around the world to gather, and race, in the ultimate celebration of Survivorship & Sisterhood!

Rowbust is nothing if not dedicated to our sport and therefore we are committed to a hectic training schedule to prepare for these competitions.

We are currently without a major financial sponsor so the team pulls together to organize some exciting fundraisers in an attempt to cover flights and accommodations for all travelers.

Additional information can be found on our Facebook Page.

 

You can read all about our adventures in our team blog at http://rowbustadventures.weebly.com/.

 

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