Abreast in the Rockies - Welcome


A dragon boat is a very long and narrow human-powered boat now used in the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing which originated in China in pre-Christian times.  While competition has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of a folk ritual, it emerged in modern times as an international “sport” in Hongkong in 1976.  The racing of dragon boats is among mankind’s oldest organized competitions.

In the fall of 1995, Dr. Don McKenzie, a sports medicine physician and an exercise physiologist, was conducting a research project at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. This study looked at breast cancer survivors who had been advised to restrict activities involving the upper body. Dr. McKenzie’s idea was to form an all breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat team to discover if strenuous, repetitive, upper body exercise was detrimental to breast cancer survivors. In February, 1996, the first team was formed. The only criteria to join this team was a history of breast cancer. Age, athletic ability, paddling experience - none of this mattered. Paddlers came from all parts of the Vancouver area and from all walks of life. Ages ranged from 31 to 62. It was proven that strenuous exercise was good for cancer survivors. The group transformed from a dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors to an inspiration to all.


A History of Dragon Boating & Breast Cancer Survivors

Paddles Up!

Welcome to the Abreast in the Rockies Dragon Boat Team Website.  We became a team in 2006 and now have about 40 members (see our About Us page for more details).  Although we have members from outlying areas Cranbrook, British Columbia is our home base.  Nestled in the Rocky Mountains we believe we have a beautiful setting for this equally beautiful sport of  Dragon Boating.