Picnic and Paddle, 2017
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20th Anniversary Celebration, 2017
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More than 2,500 women and men from ten countries, making up over one hundred teams, gathered in Sarasota this October to participate in the International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Dragon Boat Festival which is held once every four years. Sistership was thrilled to be one of the teams participating and we did ourselves proud finishing easily in the top half of the teams.
Visit Sarasota’s Herald Tribune link to see the events from the weekend.
Dragon Boat Festival in Sarasota Celebrates Cancer Survivors: Click on the article to read Cheryl’s Interview with Katy Bergen of Sarasota’s Herald Tribune.
15th Anniversary Celebration, 2012
2012 was the Year of the Dragon and it was a time to recognize Sistership’s 15th Anniversary. A celebration was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Calgary Winter Club. Over 120 present and past members, coaches, and trainers attended the event. It was a time to reminisce, reconnect, and celebrate 15 years of success and friendship.
Picnic and Paddle, 2009
With the cancellation of the 2009 Calgary Dragon Boat Festival, there was no longer an event that our families and friends could attend and experience with us our joy of paddling and the feeling of accomplishment attained by being involved in a challenging and rewarding sport.
To compensate for this, a “Picnic and Paddle” celebration was held in September and family, friends, and sponsors were invited to join us for an afternoon on the water. Crews consisted of Sistership members and guests and they experienced what it is like to paddle a dragon boat. Some realized that it is not as easy as it looks!
Later in the afternoon, our two crews paddled into the bay and took part in a traditional flower ceremony. Noel Johnson, songwriter, singer, and son of one of our members, performed a song that he had written for his mother. Another Sistership member, Gaydon Willis, wrote and delivered a moving and inspirational speech. Twenty-six doves, symbolizing members who have passed away, were released into the air and circled the crowd before flying off.