Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Breast Cancer survivors and friends riding the waves of life

GastroGays @ Walsh's Bakehouse

Having spent 6 weeks in Sweden earlier this year, the GastroGays, Russell James Alford and Patrick Hanlon, will tie in Waterford's over 1,000 year old Viking heritage with Scandinavian influence into a very special lunch event. Expect a showcase of Scandinavian cuisine with a Waterford twist, discover new dishes and new flavours, all using the best of local Waterford produce, and championing the mighty blaa, along with all of Walsh's bakehouses' products.

There'll be recipe demo's, followed by a Viking feast, served family style on communal tables. Some of the dishes you might expect include gravadlax (cured salmon), smorrebrod (open sandwiches), soppa, meatballs. Patrick and Russell, with Walsh's Bakehouse, might even attempt to make a "semblaa", a combination of the traditional Swedish bun, a sembla with our very own blaa!

Waterford Dragon Warriors was founded in the summer of 2013 by an inspirational lady called Marcella Sweeney .

Marcella discovered the existence of dragonboating following a conversation with consultant breast cancer surgeon Dr Constantino Castineira, and she duly headed off to Athy to try it out. Here she met the Plurabelle Paddlers among others who inspired her to set up a club in the South East.

Following an open meeting in the Solas Centre in July of 2013 6 breast cancer survivors travelled each week to Clonmel to learn the sport from Dr Castinera (Tino)

In their spare time, they devoted every minute raising money, chasing sponsors and sorting a berth and premises before finally launching our boat and club in April 2014 .

We were privileged to have with us that day both Tino and a large group of Plurabelle Paddlers who travelled down specially to see our dream realised.

Waterford Dragon Warriors is open to everyone Breast Cancer Survivors, Supporters, family and friends, both male and female.

Although Marcella sadly lost her battle, her legacy remains.

In July this year, 3 members of the club took part in the International Breast Cancer Survivor's Participatory Dragonboat festival in Florence as part of a composite team from Ireland called Wild Atlantic Warriors. The was made up of survivors from Waterford, Cork, Limerick Mayo and Donegal.

This regatta is held every 4 years, when survivors from around the world come together and compete This year there was approximately 4000 competitors with 4 teams from Ireland taking part ,

It was the icing on the cake for us when Ann Walshe was given the honour of carrying the Irish Flag at the closing ceremony .

Ann at 74 shows that not only is there life after cancer but age is no barrier to competing paddling

Dragonboating is believed to be effective in preventing, reducing the risk of lymphedema post breast cancer. The benefits of exercise, open air, camaraderie etc also contribute to the emotional wellbeing of the survivor .

We train 2/3 times a week. Monday is what we call newbie night!!

Just contact us on 087 3436517 and you can come along and have a free trial

We have 2 boats so you can choose to have an easy relaxed paddle or something a little more strenuous!

Please Note:

Waterford Dragon warriors is open to all - you dont have to had cancer to join the club. Everyone is welcome.

Age is no barrier, our members range from 18 to 75 years. Men and Women are both welcome

Affilliated to the Solas Centre

Membership is €70.00. First go is free €5.00 per night thereafter

Monday night at 6pm is for beginners to the club.


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