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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Who We Are & What We Do!

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 a life-threatening situation and have beaten the odds! In essence, we have defeated our dragons and now we race them!

We are community leaders helping those suffering with breast cancer to achieve the highest quality of life in the London and surrounding area. Through mentorship of other breast cancer survivors Rowbust team members are role models who are committed to education and raising awareness in our com-munity about the many positive benefits of physical activity after breast cancer.

We train hard, year round, to become more fit, 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 to provide hope and support for those who continue to fight cancer, and others who unfortunately must face it for the first time.

Rowbust BSC Dragon Boat Racing Team’s core values are; Integrity, Respect and Dedication to Excel-lence. These values are worthy of a great organization, are incorporated into every team decision we make and help provide us with the means to guide us into the future.

Rowbust competes in Regional and National dragon boat racing competitions. In fact, we are SEVEN TIME National Champions in the breast cancer survivor (BCS) division with Dragon Boat Canada!

2010 – Whistler, BC ~ GOLD           2011 – Welland, ON ~ GOLD

2012 – Montreal, QC ~ GOLD           2013 – Victoria, BC ~ GOLD

2014 - Welland, ON ~ GOLD           2015 - Welland, ON ~ GOLD

2016 - Welland, ON ~ GOLD

Prior to 2010 there was not a BCS division at the Canadian National level and it was Rowbust who were the pioneers in getting the division recognized by Dragon Boat Canada.

With our win in Victoria, BC we were awarded a spot to compete in the BCS division at the Club Crew WORLD Championships in September 2014 in Ravenna Italy! This was the first time that BCS teams were invited to compete at the Club Crew WORLD Championships!

In true Rowbust fashion we won WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD in three race distances (200m, 500m & 2km) to become the first ever BCS World Champions!

Most recently in April 2016 we travelled to Adelaide, Australia and defended our WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP title!  We earned a silver medal in the 2km race, and gold medals in both the 200m and 500m distance races, which secured our title!

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


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