The Kilkenny based, breast cancer survivor dragon boat club, Nore Dragon Paddlers- KACC, set up primarily for breast cancer survivors, won a prestigious European award in Spain last Saturday night.
And in October they were awarded a “Heroes in the Community Award” from Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for their continuous environmental contribution on the River Nore along with the Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club, KACC.
This involved regular litter picks on the river while out on the water in their specially adapted boats .
As a result of the great achievement, the president of the Irish Dragon Boat Association, Julie Doyle, nominated the Nore Dragon Paddlers for the Environmental Award at the European Dragon Boat Federation Forum which was held in Seville, Spain last weekend.
“Not only did we make the final, but we actually won the award,” PRO of the group, Mary Treacy said.
The award ceremony was held Saturday night and was attended by representatives of the dragon boat community from 16 Nations including Ireland.
“We would like to congratulate all our members for their unwavering community spirit whilst battling their own private journeys,” Mary said.
“Litter picks are not our only achievements this year, in August we won the Tara Sheridan Memorial Trophy at the Cork Rebel Regatta for winning the Breast Cancer Survivor category.
“We also participated, for its first time, along with our neighbouring club, Suir Dragon Paddlers under the name of Three Sisters in the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Florence back in July, as well as taking part in the Athy, Dublin and Carlow IDBA regattas,” Mary added.
“If you are a breast cancer survivor and would like any information about joining our club please contact our facebook Nore Dragon Paddlers or call 087 236 3298.
The idea was and is to promote and develop physical activity to support recovery from cancer treatment and also to improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of people who have or have had Breast Cancer.
Research has shown that repetitive upper body movement can aid those individuals suffering from Lymphedema.