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    HISTORY    
   
Download pdf "14-year History 1998-2012"

July 1998
Proposal from Valerie Powell, Margaret Brewer, (Hamilton team members), and Margaret Blatherwick to start up a breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat team in Guelph.

Fall 98/Winter 99
Practice in church basement on chairs

1999
Guelph - June
Orangeville - June 19
Stratford - September 12

2000
University of Guelph and Pat Richards take us on in January
Guelph - June 3
Stratford - September 10

2001
Guelph - June 3
Montreal - July 21
St.Catharines - July 28
Stratford - September 9
First executive elected Fall 2001
Dragon Line Newsletter, Issue #1 November

2002
Guelph - June 1
Toronto - June 23
Waterloo July 20
Stratford - September 15
New York City - August 24 (4 members)
Book published 2002 – Paddling with the Dragon, Author Lynn Wills
Goodbye to Shari Lowe, our drummer, October 5, 2002

2003
Constitution & Bylaws drawn up
New Zealand, March (4 members)
Purchase boat in June for $10,000
Guelph - May 31
Orangeville - June 14
Belleville July (several members)
North Bay - July 19
New York City August (one member on Canadians Abreast)
London - August 16
Stratford - September 13

2004
Guelph - June 5
Peterborough - June 12
Belleville - July 10
London - August 21
Stratford - September 18
Kingston - September 25
Some members: Windsor, Barrie,
Goodbye to one of our founders, Margaret Brewer, October 25, 2004
Guelph Lake Memorial Service for Shari Lowe, October

2005
Guelph - June 4
Vancouver - June 24, 25, 26
Stratford - September 17

2006
Guelph - June 4-5
Ottawa - June 24
Windsor - July 15
Stratford - September 16
Goodbye to Mary Horchak – March 17, 2006
Guelph Lake Memorial Service for Mary Horchak, September 24, 2006

2007
Guelph - June 9-10
Dr.Don McKenzie - June 11-12
Waterloo - July 14
Barrie - August 25
Stratford - September 15
Australia - September 28-30 (half the team)

2008
Guelph Lake - June 7
Halifax, Bosom Buddies 10th anniversary (4 team members) - July 25, 26, 27
Stratford - September 13

2009
Cambridge - June 6
Windsor - July 11
Stratford - September 19

2010
Relocate our practice site to Puslinch Lake (from Guelph Lake)
Pat Richards retires as Coach
Alkame Dragon Boat Coaching Services provides coaching - Ethan Dixon
Peterborough - June 11-13
Woodstock - August 7
Stratford - September 18

2011
Alkame Dragon Boat Coaching Services provides coaching - Ethan Dixon
Peterborough - June 11
Tecumseh - July 9
St. Catharines - July 23
Stratford - September 17
Honorary Life Membership awarded to Mary Visser Kerr, Team Manager


2012

Alkame Dragon Boat Coaching Services provides coaching - Jordan Morgan
Peterborough - June 9
Tecumseh - July 14
Woodstock - August 11
Stratford - September 15
Honorary Life Membership awarded to Ily Brimacombe

2013

Boob Tour Fundraiser held February 28, 2013 at Italian-Canadian Club, Guelph
View Video: BreastStrokes new boat, DragonFly, arrives at Puslinch Lake,
delivered by GWN -- June 1, 2013 (Time: 23 seconds)
View Video: BreastStrokes Dragon Boat Team launches the new boat "DragonFly" on Puslinch Lake -- June 1, 2013 (Time: 4:56)
Alkame Dragon Boat Coaching Services provides coaching - Tori Goulart
Fanshawe - June 15
Hamilton - July 6
Woodstock - August 10
Stratford - September 14

2014

Coaching Services provided by Shane Nelson
Woodstock - August 9
Stratford - September 13

2015

Boob Tour Fundraiser held February 21, 2015 at Dunfield Theatre, Cambridge
View Video (Facebook posting): BreastStrokes Movie (Time: 1 minute 5 seconds)
Coaching Services provided by Shane Nelson
Fanshawe - June 13
Woodstock - August 8

2016
Coaching Services provided by Shane Nelson
New Team Logo adopted - Credit to Annika Moench, Graphic Designer, January 2016

2017
Coaching Services provided by Shane Nelson
Woodstock - August 12
Stratford - September 16
Honorary Life Memberships awarded to:
Donna Brox, Barbara Dunsmore, Connie Jasinskas, and Beverlie Nelson

2018
Initiated Fundraising through team members volunteering at monthly Bingos held at Cambridge Bingo & Gaming Centre

bingo

Our charity became a member of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

** 20th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration with past and present members and supporters held on September 9, 2018 at Old Marina Restaurant, Puslinch
** see photo album at Google Photos: BreastStrokes 20th Anniversary

 

 
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Thank You
for being one of our Supporters!
Donation of storage space for our team - equipment and files, supplies
Our Heartfelt Appreciation
to the
Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo
for their generous donation in 2012 which helped the team buy its boat Dragonfly
in 2013
Sincerest Thank You to the
McClintock Family for their support, by permitting our team to moor at the Puslinch Lake site during our
dragon boat
summer seasons
Thank You for being
a Supporter!

Lindsay Mayot,
Special Interest Automobiles, Cambridge
for donation of
storage space and repairs for our
dragon boat
and trailer

Our Heartfelt Appreciation to
Nathalie Lemieux
and Dean Chan
for generously hosting our
team website
for many years

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