Amazons Perth Dragon Boat Club


Our name Amazon comes from ancient origins, but brings to mind the mythical Amazon Warrior women who had a breast removed to allow greater accuracy when shooting arrows. They were protective and loyal to each other and even when wounded would continue to battle on and never leave anyone behind. That’s how our team operates. We care for each other and show that there is life after a breast cancer diagnosis. We have fun, and enjoy the challenge, camaraderie and exercise component of paddling regardless of age or ability.

In 1996, Dr. Don McKenzie, a Canadian Sports Physician set up a study comprising of breast cancer survivors. He wanted to show that strenuous, repetitive upper body activity improved physical and mental health of breast cancer survivors. He showed that dragon boat paddling was ideal for breast cancer patients whose active treatment had ended.
Paddling is:

  • Non-weight-bearing – there is less risk of injury than weight bearing activities.
  • Safe – good technique can develop muscle mass; improve bone density and cardiovascular strength.
  • Suited to a wide variety of ages and athletic abilities – the stroke intensity can be varied.
  • Psychologically positive as it is an exhilarating team sport that builds harmony and a sense of belonging.

Dragon boat racing for Pink Ladies has become a part of the world wide movement to raise cancer awareness and to better manage post-treatment for cancer survivors

Amazons Perth is committed to raising awareness of breast cancer whilst encouraging women to regain an active, adventurous life despite the physical limitation imposed by breast cancer surgery. Dragon boat racing is a remarkable diversion from the psychological impact of breast cancer while offering a social atmosphere for the team to train.


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