The Dragon Busters


2605 Derbyshire WayVancouverBritish ColumbiaV7H 1P9Canada View Map


$2.4 Million






We are dedicated to the following goals: communicate our message of hope that a full and active life is possible after a breast cancer diagnosis help and support people newly diagnosed or living with this disease end breast cancer by raising awareness promote athleticism and healthy competition We live our message of hope each time we get into a dragon boat. It is our belief that the promotion of exercise, emotional support, and team work are all part of our fight against breast cancer. We are determined to raise awareness of this disease and paddle for a cure both on and off the water. North Shore Dragon Busters (NSDB) was formerly known as Abreast In The Cove. This team began in 2001 as part of the Abreast In A Boat (AIAB) organization. AIAB started in 1996 as a research project led by Dr. Don McKenzie from UBC. Dr. McKenzie set out to prove that women who were treated for breast cancer could live a full and athletic lifestyle after treatment, and that there would be no adverse results from taking part in a sport that focused on use of the upper body. He chose dragon boating as the test sport, and the results of his work are still being quoted in medical fields. The resounding success of the project led to the formation of the very first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in the world... Abreast In A Boat. Within ten years there were six AIAB teams throughout the Greater Vancouver area competing in local, provincial, national, and international regattas, receiving numerous awards and medals. Since 1996, the inspiration and assistance of the AIAB inspired the formation of more than 150 teams worldwide. The improved fitness, camaraderie, encouragement, and improved sense of well-being that comes from being a member of a survivor dragon boat team have led to its popularity and growth. In 2005, Abreast In The Cove competed in the first World Championship Dragon Boat Regatta for Breast Cancer Survivors only - Ten Years Abreast - which was held in Vancouver. Through the dedication and commitment of our coaches, managers, team members, and supporters Abreast In The Cove won a silver medal, ranking second out of sixty-three teams. In 2007, we placed 4th in the world at another celebration Abreast In Australia 2007 - held in Queensland, Australia. This exciting event brought together over seventy breast cancer dragon boat teams from seven different nations. There were over two thousand participants at each of these historic world events. Together we recognized and celebrated our race against breast cancer through the challenge of dragon boating. North Shore Dragon Busters formed in 2008 becoming the only community-based breast cancer survivor dragon boat team representing our area. Abreast In The Cove, having gained experience and success through their association with AIAB, was now ready to venture forth as an independent team. Our goals are to better meet the needs of our community in raising breast cancer awareness, and to reach out more directly to survivors on the North Shore of Vancouver. We believe that all survivors have a right to experience the benefits both physically and psychologically from participation in this challenging sport. Since 2008, we have continued to compete in many regattas winning even more awards and medals. More importantly, we believe in spreading our message of hope near and far, by competing in Dragon Boat regattas locally and around the world. A highlight for the team in 2012 was participating in the International Dragon Boat Championships in Dublin, Ireland, where we supported their recently formed breast cancer survivor team. We believe in supporting our sponsor, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and our local community. Every year we help with raising awareness and fundraising for breast cancer and other community initiatives, such as homelessness and youth at risk on the North Shore. Together We Paddle Our Race Against Breast Cancer Through The Challenge Of Dragon Boating.

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