The Plurabelle Paddlers is a dragon boat team based in the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin, Ireland. The team members have one thing in common, they have been diagnosed with breast cancer . We have set up a dragon boat team (think Hawaii Five-0) to:
- get fit
- enjoy the mutual support of team mates
- raise awareness of breast cancer.
We were all new to the sport and are inspired by the 150 or so breast cancer dragon boat teams worldwide. Why dragon boats? >>
We first dragon boat team in Ireland. The team was set up by Fiona Tiernan, in order to keep fit after a recurrence of breast cancer. From a membership of 2 and no boat in 2010, we now have 60+ active members, a wonderful coach Julie Doyle and 2 dragon boats.
We train on the water twice a week from March to November and have members aged from early 30′s to 70+.
The other thing we all have in common is that we were all new to the sport of dragon boat racing.
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Thanks to Arthur Guinness Projects funding we have now equipment to train over the winter. The Pilot Winter Fitness Training Programme starts on Monday 2nd December 2013 and will include Pilates and resistance/aerobic training. Full details are now on Teamer. The feedback from this programme will then help us design our All-Ireland Team training – more details to follow! If you’re interested in getting fit this winter get in touch.
Thanks to all your votes for our application to the Arthur Guinness Projects, we’ve been chosen as one of the projects. This will fund equipment for our Winter Fitness Programme and allow us to put together an All-Ireland team to take part in the 2014 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Sarasota, Florida. For more information click here .
Thanks to all the teams who competed in this year’s IDBA Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta. It was a great weekend of competition, with lots of close races and wonderful displays of paddling. Many thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations to all the winners!