Chestmates Dragon Boat Team
Chestmates is the only Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat team in the catchment serviced by the South Eastern Regional Cancer Centre. To be a member of Chestmates, a paddler must have had breast cancer.
Each paddler must consult with their physician to ensure it is safe to paddle, in particular if you have just completed your course of treatment.
Because Dragon Boating is a physical sport, we recommend a good solid level of fitness which can be enhanced by engaging in the free fitness programs offered at BCAK.
Chestmates provides the coaching, and equipment you need to paddle. The team connection is amazing – we paddle to bring hope and awareness to others with the diagnosis of breast cancer.
Our team paddles out of Collins Bay Marina, twice a week from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays between May and September.
Our member's ages have ranged from 20+ to 80+, and we still have original paddlers from 2003 paddling in our dragon boat in 2021!
Meet The 2021Team
COACH Sarah Emery
STEER Huw Davies
STEER Helen Tolles
STEER Ros Hanes (occasional)
CAPTAIN Tammy MacDonald
WHAT OUR PADDLERS SAY
In 2007 I joined and fell in love with dragon boating which was not something that I ever thought I would do as I wasn’t a big fan of water.
That was 14 years ago, and I am still loving paddling. I’m so proud to be a chestmate and part of an awesome and amazing group of women.
I was welcomed from day 1 and have made lifelong friendships. I had 4 brothers growing up, but I now have a boatful of sisters. The support and strength I’ve gotten is beyond amazing
Chestmates welcome all survivors and their families. I’d highly recommend it.
President-BREAST CANCER ACTION KINGSTON
I want to say to everyone, Sarah, Lori, Heather and BCAK board members, and all the other wonderful women I have met during the short time I have been a member of this group, a huge thank you for your warmth and love. I don't know most of your names but I hope my young seatmate Sue is on this list.
Breast cancer was the last thing I ever thought would happen to me and I was horrified when, at age 81, I got my diagnosis in May 2021, but having breast cancer and being able to join the Chestmates has introduced me to women I would probably never otherwise have met so as the saying goes, "Every cloud has a silver lining,"
I plan to stay fit this winter and look forward to paddling next summer and going to Vancouver with all of you in June.
More to come...