Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team held their Annual General Meeting on May 11, 2019 at Macassa Bay Yacht Club (MBYC). Thirty members, the Board of Directors, Team Coach and Team Manager attended, approving the 2018 financial statements, committee reports and 2019 budget.

Important business of the meeting included presenting the H.T. Memorial Scholarship. This award is named in memory of Helen Therese Templeton, one of Knot A Breast’s biggest fans and supportors. Coined KAB’s “Mom”, she religiously attended water practices, and knew individual team members by name. Her smile and love of life were infectious. This year it was awarded to Grace Jones, granddaughter of long-time Knot A Breast paddler Nancy Jones. Grace is entering her 2nd year at Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, studying a double major in global studies and environmental studies. Congratulations Grace!

H.T. Memorial Scholarship
Nancy Jones, her granddaughter, Grace Jones awarded the H.T. Memorial Scholarship and Coach Kathy Levy

Members heard from the Team Coach, Kathy Levy. She reflected on a successful 2018 season highlighting the team’s first place win at the International Breast Cancers Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence, Italy, the third time in a row that Knot A Breast has held this title. She also looked ahead to our newbies (members that have joined within the last year) getting into the boat for practice, and our upcoming competition at the 2019 Canadian Dragon Boat Championships, Regina SK.

The new Board of Directors were presented including, as pictured above, back row: Past-chair and Team Coach, Kathy Levy; Anna Candelori; Kathy Martin, Communications Officer; Kim Short; Jo-Anne Rogerson, Treasurer; Geri Schweinbenz; Donna Reise, Secretary; front row: Michelle Lapointe; Liz Psutka, President. Joining them is Team Manager, Ann Hewitson, back row on the right.

Following the AGM, Knot A Breast members got the clubhouse and grounds at MBYC ready for the paddling season, and witnessed MBYC lift the team’s two dragon boats into the water. Knot A Breast is grateful for the generosity of MBYC to host our waterfront home on the Hamilton Harbour. It is a great start to the 2019 paddling season.

Fork lift lefting the dragon boat into the water
Macassa Bay Yacht Club lift-in of the Knot A Breast dragon boat at the start of the 2019 season

The Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team partnered up with the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs for our annual hockey fund-raiser on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. The Bulldogs played against the London Knights at The Dog Pound (nickname for First Ontario Centre). Everyone scored some fun and some were winners.

Knot A Breast team members and family sold pucks for the “Chuck A Puck” event at the game. We had a lot of fun selling the pucks throughout the game. At the end of the game the Chuck A Puck event took place. The pucks that land in the tire at centre ice win. Two excited little boys won the prizes (a $50.00 Canadian Tire gift card and two tickets to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto).

The funds raised at the game (ticket sales and Chuck A Puck) will help support Knot A Breast’s training and racing initiatives. Many teammates, who were unable to attend the hockey game, generously donated their tickets to Annunciation of Our Lord Elementary School. School children and their families were very excited to get the donated tickets and were able to have a fun afternoon at the game.

We look forward to next year’s game and working in partnership with the Hamilton Bulldogs to support the endeavours of the Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team.

On Monday, February 11, 2019, members from Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team were joined by members from SNCC Warlocks Dragon Boat Crew to participate in the Threshold Metabolic Challenge. The challenge was created to raise awareness of and help end the stigma around mental illness.

The Threshold Foundation was created in memory of Jared Humenik, who lost his battle to mental illness, to raise money and awareness for mental health and addiction. All proceeds raised through Threshold to a Brighter Tomorrow are donated directly to rehab centres and CAMH.

Bryan Kelly, personal trainer and owner of SMBS Training Studio, conducted the execution of the metabolic group activity, with the assistance of our group fitness leaders, Officer Dana Wood and Officer Therese Irving-Peckham, who provided guidance and demonstration in the high and low impact metabolic programs. Metabolic training involves completing structural and compound exercises with little rest in between exercises in an effort to maximize calorie burn and increase the metabolic rate during and after the workout. Metabolic training is high intensity anaerobic exercise that makes you breathless!

Both the high and low impact groups participated in two full rounds of a wide variety of exercises including frog squats, t-stand push ups, floor pull over, paint cans, ski jumps to name a few! All movements, holds, stretches and rest periods are 30 seconds each to make up a 20 minute round. Knot A Breast breast cancer survivors stepped up to the challenge and completed this twice!! What a great way for team members to improve their cardiovascular capacity and burn some serious calories to prepare for the upcoming dragon boat racing season! Participants that provided a voluntary donation and participated in the group activity were entered into a draw for some great prizes and KAB members took away several!

Congratulations Knot A Breast for stepping up to the fitness challenge to support a great cause!

Knot A Breast is selling tickets to the Hamilton Bulldogs game on Saturday, march 2nd at 4 p.m. where they will take on the London Knights. Tickets are available through any member of the team or you can contact us for more information.

Watch for Knot A Breast team members on the mezzanine selling “Chuck A Puck” bags as a fundraiser. Funds raised will help support our training and racing initiatives.

If your puck is closest to centre ice, you could win some great prizes! See you there!

Now that we’ve enjoyed the holidays, it’s time to get down to serious business.

Dryland/Pool practices are every Monday at 7 p.m. We alternate between group fitness training in the gym and a poolside practice focusing on technique. Training is held at the Hamilton YWCA at 75 McNab St S.

If you are a breast cancer survivor and are interested in coming to check it out, contact us for more details.