Why dragon boats?

Dr. Don McKenzie, a sports medicine physician at the University of British Columbia, Canada, ran a study to test the theory that repetitive upper-body exercise in those treated for breast cancer could cause lymphoedema, a chronic swelling of the arm.

Dr McKenzie believed that by following a special exercise and dragon boat training program, people could avoid lymphoedema and enjoy active, full lives. The initial group was carefully monitored and no new cases of lymphoedema occurred and none of the existing cases became worse.

This inspired those in the study to form the first breast cancer dragon boat team Abreast in a Boat, the sport now has now grown to over 150 breast cancer teams worldwide. The Plurabelle Paddlers is the first team in Ireland.

News & Events

  • Excitement builds for Florence!

    The Italian’s are known throughout the world for their impeccable sense of style…. but, what about the Plurabelles?! In the new(ish) team strip, the ladies heading to Florence for the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival will certainly give the Italians (& other teams) competition in the style stakes!

    But, the festival isn’t about style, it’s about Dragon Boat racing and the┬ádouble training session in mid-June included video analysis of the Florence team in action. Excitement is building for the trip to Florence in early July… not long to go now! View photos

  • Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

    The sun shone for another fantastic day today of competition and fun at the Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta in Carlow.
    It was wonderful to meet up with old paddling friends and to introduce newbie Plurabelles to the excitement of a regatta. If they weren’t hooked before, I bet they are now! View photos

  • Treasure trove at the clubhouse

    We all love a bargain… and, there were bargains aplenty at the Plurabelle Pop-Up shop (26th May 2018). Handbags, shoes, scarves, dresses, coats, jewellery…. the clubhouse was a treasure trove for the many Plurabelle bargain hunters.
    All the money raised at the pop-up shop went straight back to the Plurabelles…. so it was a real win, win! Well done to all involved (organisers, sales assistants, those who donated, and those who bought!)

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