Paddle for Life
We paddle a dragon boat!
"Paddle for Life" comprises of two teams of dragon boat paddlers living in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The “Abreast of Life” team is a group of breast cancer survivors and the “Amazon Hearts” are their sister team.
Abreast of Life (ABOL)
We took up the challenge from a visiting group of Canadian breast cancer survivors back in 1999 to form a team to race dragon boats. The rest is history, as they say.
Our team members come from all walks of life, we're all different shapes and sizes, we range in age from early 30s to late 70s, the one thing we all have in common, and which bonds us in a very special way, is a diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.
Having stared the beast in the face, and won, we want to show other women facing this frightening diagnosis that there is light at the end of the tunnel and active life after treatment.
We want to raise general awareness about breast cancer, act as a reminder to have regular breast examinations and mammograms, and serve as an inspiration to all women that yes, we can do anything, and that illness or age need not be a barrier to having a go and, most importantly, having fun, which we most surely do!
Amazon Hearts are a Women's Dragon Boat team.
We have a close relationship with "Abreast of Life" our sister team who are all breast cancer survivors. We support them at regattas, join them for coffee after practice on Saturday's and try to support each other's fundraisers.
We compete in all the Aoraki based regattas including South Islands, which is held at Ashburton's Lake Hood, we also travel to the NZDBA run Nationals.
We have a very good team culture and our management team work hard to balance our competitive nature, with our love of dragon boating and our team members well-being.
Paddle for Life Board
President/Chair: Dorothy McPhail
ABOL reps: Carmel Hurley-Watts, Janice Melville, Suzy McLachlan
Amazon Hearts reps: Karen Lloyd-Griffiths, Shannon Alker and Amanda Chamberlain