The Knot A Breast dragon boat team held its first meeting at the Breast Cancer Support Services office in Burlington, Ontario in 1998.
Starting with a small group of breast cancer survivors, Kathy Levy, (also a survivor) formed the Knot A Breast dragon boat team in the fall of 1997. Age, athletic ability and paddling experience did not matter. The team was comprised solely of women ranging in age from 30 to 65. The only criterion to membership on this unique team was that a person had a diagnosis of breast cancer.
With the help of these women this floating support group began on water training in Hamilton at Bayfront Park, May 1998. The team has grown and did include two male survivors for a number of years. Knot A Breast was incorporated in 2001 and are proud owners of two dragon boats docked at Macassa Bay Yacht Club.
As the sport of dragon boat racing grew, Knot A Breast became a top competitor in the Breast Cancer Division. Traveling to local, national and international venues, the team works to promote athleticism and sportsmanship at its best. In 2010, the team traveled to Peterborough, ON to compete in the International Breast Cancer Participatory Festival, where they placed first overall. With much hard work and determination, they successfully defended the title in Sarasota, FL in October 2014.
The next IBCPC will be hosted in Florence, Italy in 2018.
Knot A Breast will be attending in the hopes of defending their previous wins.
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