29 Pheasant Ridge Rd.
Contact: Louisa Matthew
518 429 4908
Regional Dragon Boat team “Dragons Alive” adds a new breast cancer survivor crew for the 2019 season.
Dragons Alive, the Capital Region’s most inclusive dragon boat team, announces the formation of a NEW crew for breast cancer survivors, “Dragons Alive BCS Crew”. Dragons Alive also welcomes family and friends of breast cancer survivors who wish to support bcs’ers on their road to recovery and an active life, and experience a new challenge themselves, by paddling and racing on our already-established “Dragons Alive Crew”, which is also expanding. All newcomers will be coached by our experienced, Canadian-certified Level-II racing coaches. The “Dragons Alive BCS Crew” will have its own practices and schedule, as breast cancer survivor crews have their own large and well-established official division at the regional, national and international level. In the summer of 2018 thousands of breast cancer survivor teams raced on the Arno River in Florence, Italy at their International Festival.
Dragons Alive welcomes everyone over the age of 18 looking for a fitness challenge, a supportive team ethic, some competitive spirit, and a fun new sport! The team provides all equipment, including 10- and 20-person dragon boats. We are based at Mohawk Valley Marine, 47 Mohawk Ave. in Alplaus, NY,12008, and our practices are generally on weekday evenings from 6-8pm. There are racing festivals throughout the season and training camps for every level of paddler throughout the year.
For more information visit our website DragonsAlive.org, visit us on Facebook and Instagram (Dragons_Alive), or call one of our coaches: 518-429-4908 or 518-669-3303.
“A different kind of boating took place along the Mohawk River on Sunday. The air was filled with cheers, shouts and the faint pounding of drums in the distance, as teams raced dragon boats for the Dragons Alive Festival.”
“I’m not a water person. But I’d stay out on the Mohawk River on a dragonboat all day, because dragonboats are fun, and the people who paddle them are even more fun (and welcoming to newbies), as I found out last year. Try it this summer!”
The region’s first dragon boat festival held in July, 2014 was such a resounding success that planning for the second annual dragon boat festival is already underway. As the captain of one festival team put it: “Participating in the festival was amazing…most of us had never heard of dragon boating. Now we are hip to one of the fastest-growing sports in the world!”
“Once people try it for the first time, they really get hooked,” said Louisa Matthew, vice president of Dragons Alive and coordinator of the upcoming festival.”
“A lot of exercise is billed as giving you a chance to refocus, to release the monkey chattering away in your brain about home improvement projects you should really get to or what you’re going to do with your kids all summer when school is out. But mastering the technique of dragonboating, stabbing the end of the paddle blade perpendicular to the water’s surface, means you really don’t have time to think about anything else…”
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