New paddlers are always welcome.
Contact Jill Lever, phone 03 352 8046 or 027 466 1014.

Affiliated to Aoraki Dragons and NZDBA

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Tena koutou! Greetings to all!

"Abreast of Life" is a breast cancer survivor and supporters' dragon boat club, based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Celebrating 20 years of BC Paddling, thanks to the vision of Dr DonAs a breast cancer team, we took up the challenge from a visiting group of Canadian breast cancer survivors in 1999 to form a team to race dragon boats. The rest - as they say - is history.

Our team members come from all walks of life. We're all different shapes and sizes. We range in age from early 40s to late 70s. But the one thing we all have in common, and which bonds us in a very special way, is a diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.

Having stared the beast in the face, and won, we want to show other women facing this frightening diagnosis that there is light at the end of the tunnel and an active life after treatment.

We want to raise general awareness about breast cancer, act as a reminder to have regular breast examinations and mammograms, and serve as an inspiration to all women that yes, we can do anything, and that illness or age need not be a barrier to having a go and, most importantly, having fun, which we most surely do!

In 2014 we added a Women's crew to our club to paddle and train alongside. They are now an integral part of our organisation.

Twenty Years Abreast - "Abreast Around The World” – 13 June 2015

Paddlers from "Abreast of Life" were be joined by "ABOL Amazons" to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the birth of BCS Paddling on Saturday, on the Kaiapoi River. Read more ...

Click here to read our introductory booklet.

Kia Whakatane au i ahau

Our Vision

  • Paddle our best and spread awareness
  • Honour the memory of those lost
  • Hope and inspiration at all times
  • Commit to a cure

Current Team...

Our Objectives:

  • Provide support and fellowship to team members.
  • Promote fitness, wellness, camaraderie and fun, which will enhance physical, emotional, spiritual; and social well-being.
  • Remember and honour those we have lost.
  • Offer hope and inspiration to women faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer by demonstrating the overwhelming benefits of rehabilitation and recreational exercise.
  • Support breast cancer research, local care facilities and encourage the pursuit of a cure.
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