Combined Port Macquarie and Camden Haven dragonboaters paddle to win in Florence

Winners: The combined dragonboat clubs of Port Macquarie and Camden Haven formed the Aussie Dragonflies for the gathering in Florence.
Winners: The combined dragonboat clubs of Port Macquarie and Camden Haven formed the Aussie Dragonflies for the gathering in Florence.

Back in 1996, a study by Canadian Dr Don McKenzie found that dragonboating helped the healing process for survivors of breast cancer.

Some initial participants in the study formed Abreast in a Boat dragonboating club in Canada, and from there a worldwide movement was formed.

In Florence this month 4000 participants from 18 countries came together for the 4th IBCPC regatta.

Camden Haven women Lyn Buckley, Sue Carter, Wendy Edgington and Genevieve Cumberland, joined by their supporters, combined with Port Macquarie club members to form Aussies Dragonflies and won their division.

A commendable effort for a team with an average age of 65, the youngest is 47 and the oldest is 83.

Lyn Buckley, a founding member of the Camden Haven Club, said the competition was a great experience for all involved.

“Survivors are an important part of the Camden Haven Dragonboat Club and it was a special experience for them to travel to Florence,” she said.

“They provided encouragement when badly needed and support along the way. The camaraderie and spirit that you feel at the event, knowing what an achievement it is for those 4000 survivors, to be there is amazing”.

The women also got in a bit of sightseeing in the beautiful Tuscany region while they were there. 

The group would like to thank the community and local business for their support.

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