Adelaide Survivors Abreast (Secretary):
Members from Adelaide Survivors Abreast Dragon Boat Club, as well some partners, are heading off to participate in the 2013 Venice Vogalonga. We are also being joined by 4 members from Adelaide Waiwilta Dragon Boat Club. Members are not only located in Adelaide, as one member now lives in Darwin, another in Melbourne and 2 are located in the UK. Regular training sessions have been held over the past 6-8 months, with extra sessions arranged to suit interstate members. These have been held at West Lakes and on the Port River with the local dolphins.
Our club provides the opportunity to men and women breast cancer survivors, and their families and friends, to have fun whilst getting fit on the water in the totally addictive sport of dragon boating. Our focus is about participating in events outside of the racing arena, and to this end the decision to consider Venice has resulted in our running monthly Bunnings BBQs as a consistent way of fundraising. We have also received wonderful support from West Lakes Rotary as well as from the community through other fundraising events.
So, on 14th May the majority of our team will leave Adelaide, arriving in Venice on 15th May and participating in the Vogalonga on the 19th May.
Four of our members will also head down to Florence to compete in the International Breast Cancer Commission’s dragon boat regatta on 26th May. Included in these 4 will be 2 breast cancer survivors, one being male, and 2 supporters.
Members of our team to Venice are: Louise Smith, Julie Matson, Emma Przibilla, Barbara (survivor) and Paul O’Dea, Mary-Ann and Stephen (survivor) Holt, Mary Pearce (survivor) , Stephen Appenzeller, Helen Slater (survivor), Cathy Andrew, Rob Rea, Maggie Deverson (survivor), Carol Hoffmann, Sigrid and John Thompson, Pamela Howard, George Poniatowski, Stephen Daniels and Richard Lightfoot.
ASA is very thankful of the variety of opportunities this great sport offers.