Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team is literally moving forward with celebrating 20 years of paddling in Hamilton. Look for our team photo on HSR buses, the Hamilton Waterfront Trust Trolley, and at Macassa Bay Yacht Club!

Advertisement showing team paddling during race
Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team ad

The photo was taken by Don Wood, one of our fans and husband to teammate Kim Short, during one of our races. Jessica Combate, Graphic Designer specializing in healthcare and corporate communications (contact at 289-489-7048, jessica.combate@gmail.com), designed the advertisement. Knot A Breast would like to thank both of them for capturing the spirit of our team: Together Everyone Achieves More.

We hope the advertisement builds community awareness of our 20 years of showing women and men that they can lead full and active lives after treatment for breast cancer.

Looking up at the sun and leave shadows through the new team tent canopy

Last fall, the Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Team’s Executive decided to use a portion of the proceeds received from the City of Hamilton Enrichment Fund Grant to purchase a new team tent. After speaking to many teams at last year’s GWN races in Toronto, the work began to compare pricing, seek out a supplier and to design a new tent! Outlet Tags Canopies, Toronto, was the chosen provider with the best pricing and quick turn-around time. Several dragon boat teams have used this company and they produce a fantastic tent.

A special thank you to Steve Evans, who put in a considerable amount of time working on various colour and style templates. The KAB Board tossed around several colour schemes and decided on a nice clean look with white walls and canopy, and purple valance. Steve worked his magic on configuring the KAB logo to really stand out. The KAB logo is proudly displayed on the inside and outside of the back wall and on the canopy.

New team tent with KAB members resting under it
New Knot A Breast team tent

On May 26, 2019, as team members walked down the hill towards the team area at the 13th Annual Toronto Women’s Dragon Boat Festival, Heart Lake Conservation Area, Brampton, they were greeted with a brand new, 10 ft. by 20 ft. team tent proudly displaying a full view of the Knot A Breast logo! Thank-you City of Hamilton for helping us with our team shelter and team spirit.

The sure signs of spring are often thought to be robins and daffodils. But for dragon boat paddlers like Knot A Breast Cancer Survivor members, there is only one significant symbol of the shift from winter to spring: boats in the water.

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On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the three Welland dragon boats, weighing about 600 lbs (270 kg) each were removed from storage at the Welland International Flatwater Centre and placed in the canal. Through multi-team collaboration with members of Knot A Breast, SNCC Warlocks and Rowbust, each boat was slowly walked down the hill in a coordinated awkward shuffle.

Spring training has officially started!

Plaque on the KAB Memorial Bench at Hamilton Harbour waterfont: "Knot A Breast so long as we live they too shall live as we remember them"

On Sunday, September 23, 2018, Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team celebrated their twentieth anniversary at the Macassa Bay Yacht Club (MBYC). The celebration was well attended by many former and current team members, and their numerous supporting families and friends. The event was held as an open house with food and drink for all, including a beautiful cake and a toast with pink Prosecco. There was a display of all the historical trophies and medals that Knot A Breast has earned over the past twenty years as well as a storyline detailing the highlights over the years.

Michelle Lapointe and Gwen Vernon prepared a captivating slide show presentation that played throughout the afternoon and will be used during many events to come. Knot A Breast President, Liz Psutka was the emcee for the event. Leslie Williams read the Knot A Breast prayer, and speeches were made by our Founder and Coach, Kathy Levy and by the MBYC Commodore, Jeff Dziepak.

After the formalities, the group took a walk down to the water’s edge and paused at the Knot A Breast memorial bench where they all placed pink carnations in the water, which is the tradition to honour all those who have passed on from breast cancer.

It was a wonderful afternoon that acknowledged twenty years of success as Hamilton’s premier breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.