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.

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.

by Aleta Thompson, KAB member

About a year after my breast cancer chemotherapy was completed, my doctor suggested I look into Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor dragon boat team. The first year I just watched the training from the safety boat. The following year, the team was planning on racing at a festival in Peterborough so my formal training started. It was something I had never done but I caught on soon enough. As time went on the team’s training became a habit for me.

The Peterborough races were the third International Participatory Festival for Breast Cancer Survivors put on by the International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC). The IBCPC is an international organization whose mandate is to encourage the establishment of breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness. They support the development of recreational dragon boat paddling as a contribution to a healthy life style for those diagnosed with breast cancer. They work with a host city to put on the IBCPC International Participatory festival every four years. Peterborough was the third host city, June 10-13, 2010. Teams came from Australia, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA & Canada.

I was booked to race in Peterborough. Seventy-three teams from all over the world came to race. When Knot A Breast has extra paddlers, we sometimes lend members out to teams that do not have enough paddlers to fill a boat. I was scheduled to race with a team from British Columbia called the Sunshine Dragon. As a newcomer to the sport, I was very excited being in the races. We practiced together and I was hooked. My very first race gave me the greatest thrill to the point that I was in tears! To top it off, Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team came in first!! Being a participatory festival, everyone gets a medal, but everyone also knows who had the fastest time and crossed the finish line first.

I knew then that I CAN DO ANYTHING; dragon boat racing was in my blood. Thanks goes to my team Knot A Breast – the type of team that works very hard and cares for its members health.