Some of our Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team Members are familiar with Brian Kelly of SMBS Personal Training and Wellness Studio as a personal trainer or from taking his fitness classes. All of us are familiar with the effect of exercise on mental health. Brian has brought these together in his second annual Threshold Challenge.

Threshold to a Brighter Tomorrow raises money for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to provide rehabilitation care. The Threshold Challenge began in 2019 (see Knot A Blog: KAB joins the Metabolic Challenge for “Threshold to a Brighter Tomorrow”), and this year strives for even greater success. The challenge encourages people to get involved by completing daily and weekly physical and mental challenges for the month of February. Every challenge completed as well as every $10 donation to Threshold to a Brighter Tomorrow is rewarded with an entry for a prize. The set of daily challenges and the weekly challenges are provided below, along with the ways to win.

If you are hanging out with a Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team member during the winter months, you might hear them say, “I’m in the tank Saturday morning.” What vision does this bring to your mind? Maybe one of these definitions?

Tank NOUN

  1. a large receptacle or storage chamber, especially for liquid or gas. 
  2. a heavy armored fighting vehicle carrying guns and moving on a continuous articulated metal track. 
  3. NORTH AMERICAN informal: a cell in a police station or jail.

Number 1 would be close to what they are describing, but it is not a gas tank like in your car. On Saturday mornings in the winter, KAB members head to the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) to work out with their fellow paddlers, SNCC Welland Warlocks in the ‘tank.’ The WIFC is a state-of-the-art indoor facility for rowing, canoe, kayak and dragon boat training. The facility was built for the Pan Am Games and is the only one of its kind in North America.

In the summer season we train on open water and work hard to make the boat move through the water. In the tank, the boats are fixed in place and the water moves. Think of a treadmill, but with water as the moving surface instead of rubber. Different configurations of “seats” can be lowered into the tank that simulate rowing shells, canoes, kayaks and dragon boats. It differs from a swimming pool in that the water is less than a meter deep, and large pumps hidden at the end of the tank push the water from one end to the other creating a current. Coaches can move around the tank and even step into the boats to assist with technique, make corrections, and generally do what they do, coach. Mirrors are mounted along the sides of the tank so the athletes can view their reflections to review their form and work on perfecting their technique.

Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team are very fortunate to be able to train at WIFC. Next time you hear a KAB member say, ‘I’m in the tank’, know that they are in winter training to perfect their technique and are dreaming of the upcoming competitive season.

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make our fundraiser a success!

The Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team is partnering with the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs for our annual hockey fund-raiser on Friday, February 7, 2020; game starts at 7 PM. The Bulldogs play against the Ottawa 67s at The Dog Pound (nickname for FirstOntario Centre).

And it’s Country Night at The Dog Pound featuring a live acoustic intermission performance, a Bulldogs plaid trucker hat giveaway while supplies last, $4 Beers from 6 pm to 7 pm, Cowboy hats, and country-themed activities throughout the evening.

There are three ways to support Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team (KAB):

  1. Buy a ticket and enjoy the game! 
  2. Buy a ticket and donate it back so we can send Hamilton families to the game. 
  3. Go to the game and buy a bag of numbered pucks to play the “Chuck A Puck” game during the intermission. If your puck is closest to centre ice, you will win some great prizes!

Tickets for the game are $20 and available from any KAB members, or request tickets by contacting us (https://knotabreast.com/contact/). Chuck A Puck will be sold by KAB members at the game for $10 a bag.

Who let the dogs out! See you there!!