Come and try dragon boating

WITHOUT Dragons Abreast, founding member Joann Warburton believes she may never have completely recovered from her bout of breast cancer.

Warburton has urged other survivors and sufferers of the disease to attend the group's upcoming come and try day to find out more about the water sport.

“All of the team members are survivors of the disease so there's a wealth of experience, understanding and support in the team,” she said.

Warburton joined the club after her own battle with breast cancer and said it was a vital part of her recovery from the aftermath of the crippling disease.

“It's been really good for me,” she said.

“Both the sport itself and the camaraderie and support I've found in the team have helped me out.”

Dragon Boat Racing involves a crew of 20 paddlers paddling in unison to the beat of an onboard drummer.

Warburton said the unique sport has given her a vital outlet and a strong social network.

“After all the treatment and hard times that you go through with breast cancer, Dragon Boat Racing can help people take a new lease on life and try to get their lives on back,” she said.

“It got me out of the house and on to the water and I met a lot of really nice people along the way.”

The group paddles every Sunday morning on the Burnett River and travels across Queensland to compete in Dragon Boat Racing regattas.

“It's a unique and exciting sport and it's excellent exercise,” she said.

“If people don't feel up to racing they can just come along for a chat.”

Dragons Abreast will hold the come and try day at the Bundaberg Sailing Club on August 1.

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