Who we are & What we do!
Rowbust Dragon Boat Racing Team (Rowbust) is not your average sports team. Every member of this team is a breast cancer survivor! We’ve all been faced with a life-threatening situation and have beaten the odds! In essence, we have defeated our dragons and now we race them!
We train hard, year round, to become more fit, stronger and faster on the water, but we also provide friendship and support for each other through our journeys of survivorship and all too often, the journey back through cancer. Members we have lost become the angels who push us forward to provide hope and support for those who continue to fight cancer, and others who unfortunately must face it for the first time.
Rowbust competes in Regional and National dragon boat racing competitions. In fact, we are SIX TIME National Champions in the breast cancer survivor (BCS) division with Dragon Boat Canada!
2010 – Whistler, BC ~ GOLD 2011 – Welland, ON ~ GOLD
2012 – Montreal, QC ~ GOLD 2013 – Victoria, BC ~ GOLD
2014 - Welland, ON ~ GOLD 2015 - Welland, ON ~ GOLD
Prior to 2010 there was not a BCS division at the Canadian National level and it was Rowbust who were the pioneers in getting the division recognized by Dragon Boat Canada.
With our win in Victoria, BC we were awarded a spot to compete in the BCS division at the Club Crew WORLD Championships in September 2014 in Ravenna Italy! This was the first time that BCS teams were invited to compete at the Club Crew WORLD Championships!
In true Rowbust fashion we won WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD in three race distances (200m, 500m & 2km) to become the first ever BCS World Champions!
We now have a World Championship title to defend!
2016 Club Crew WORLD Championships - Adelaide Australia
Adelaide, Australia will host the 2016 International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Club Crew World Championships (CCWC) at the beautiful West Lakes Rowing course April 1—7, 2016.
We will race in 200m, 500m and 2000m distance races against other BCS teams from Canada, Australia, France, Italy and the USA, among other nations!
Rowbust will be ready to DEFEND our 2014 BCS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE!
Because this competition falls BEFORE the beginning of our 2016 paddling season, here in Canada, we will be flying down to Australia one full week prior to race week. We have been graciously invited to use the training facilities of our rival Australian BCS team who will be nearing the end of their annual paddling season.
Rowbust is nothing if not dedicated to our sport and therefore we are committed to a hectic training schedule through the 2015/16 winter in order to prepare for this WORLD competition.
The Nationals/World Crew roster consists of a maximum of 26 crew members and two Coaches. These are the Rowbust members who will compete in the 2016 World Club Crew Championships in Adelaide, Australia.
As you can imagine a trip of this magnitude is a costly one. As of yet, Rowbust does not have a major sponsor who can cover each members travel expenses. We have been doing a lot of fund raising events in an effort to minimize the costs for our paddlers. We know that not everyone can attend our events and many people have asked us how they can contribute...well, here it is!
Travel Expenses for CCWC:
Flight from Canada to Australia - $2,000 per paddling member (approximation)
Hotel+ in Australia - $3,200 for two weeks stay per paddling member.
Our overall fundraising goal is $120,000...to date we have raised $50,000 through various fund raising events...PLEASE HELP PUT US OVER THE TOP!
THANK YOU for taking the time to read and consider our donation request! Every penny counts!
With your help Rowbust can cross oceans to move mountains!
To read all about our adventures in our journey to Australia go to http://rowbustadventures.weebly.com/