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IBCPC 2014 Participatory Festival in Sarasota.

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Here are some photos from the 2nd IBCPC Congress held at the Sarasota Festival

There are more photos in the Second Congress Gallery.

Jenny and Jane at 2014 congress

Jane Frost


Enjoying "nd Congresss refreshments

Audience at the "nd Congress

Debate at "nd Congress

Welcome to the International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission

The IBCPC is an international organisation whose mandate is to encourage the establishment of breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness. We support the development of recreational dragon boat paddling as a contribution to a healthy life style for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

As the breast cancer dragon boat movement grows internationally, we have a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the disease and about life after breast cancer. We know a full and and active life is possible. The IBCPC was created to spread this message.
Together we are stronger, our voices are louder and the message is clearer.

Being part of the IBCPC provides breast cancer survivors with the opportunity to network with international teams. This enables the teams to share information, receive regular newsletters and updates, and also to share best practices with other teams and to interact with fellow paddlers around the world.
It’s Florence, Italy!
Site of the 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Festival
The IBCPC is pleased to announce the Florence Dragon Lady Team led the successful bid for the 5th international participatory festival. This bid was supported by Pink Butterfly-Rome, Dragonette-Turin, Donna Piu Latino, Trifoglio Rosa-Mestre, Astro Dragon Lady Empoli, Forza Rosa Donne 2000-Cavallino and Pink Lioness-Venice.

This bid is also supported by the City of Florence, the City of Barberino del Mugello, the Tuscan Region, Canottieri Comunali Firenze, the Italian National Olympic Committee and the Italian Dragon Boat Federation.

The international panel of judges thanks all the bidders for their excellent submissions and for the hospitality they each demonstrated to the IBCPC team that visited each of the sites.

The event will take place between the months of June and September in 2018. Dates and registration details will be available next year in 2016.

The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) 12th World Nations Championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada.

Two members of the IBCPC Steering Committee, Kim Bonomo and Carol Mutton, attended the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) 12th World Nations Championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada, August 16 to 24, 2015, at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

Kim and Carol attended both the Council and Congress meetings as representatives of IBCPC, which is a commission of the IDBF. Elected as the new president is Mike Thomas from the U.K. Mike Haslam, former president, is now honorary president; he was the founder and president since 1991. To check out more information about the IDBF click here.

Kim and Carol at Welland Flatwater Centre
Kim and Carol at Welland Flatwater Centre
Mike Thomas new IDBF president and Chloe Greenhaigh, Executive Director, Dragon Boat Canada.Mike Thomas new IDBF president and Chloe
Greenhaigh, Executive Director,
Dragon Boat Canada.
Opening ceremonies athletes.Opening ceremonies athletes. Opening ceremony by the falls.
Opening ceremony by the falls.
Welland Venue
Welland Venue
Kim at the races helping give out awards.
Kim at the races helping give out awards.

A Celebration of 20 Years of Paddling.

Abreast In A Boat (AIAB) hosted a "paddle party" on June 13, 2015 in celebration of 20 years of paddling since it all began. AIBA thanks the many teams who held their own celebrations on the same day in their home communities. Thanks for your support and for contributions to the 20 Years Abreast Momento Book soon to be published.
View the whole invitation. Also, submission Requirements for 20 Years Abreast Memento Book.

Articles with medical information about exercise and breast cancer.
Check out four more medical publications just posted under medical information on the navigation bar.

IBCPC is excited about sharing three links to important internet resources about breast cancer.
Check them out.

1. The keynote speaker at the 2014 IBCPC Participatory Dragon BoatFestival, Dr. Susan Love, spoke with passion and excitement about the importance of participating in research studies, and how these studies will be strong contributors to a future without breast cancer.
Take a look at current projects on the Army of Women
 website (a project of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation), and get involved:
You can also check out the Foundation website at

2. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. 
Marisa Weiss, M.D. is the founder, president, and a breast cancer oncologist with more than 20 years of practice in the Philadelphia region. Dr. Weiss has authored books on breast cancer and breast health and as a renowned leader in the field has made several guest appearances on television shows such as ABCs Good Morning America, CNN, and Dr. OZ

3. Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is a national nonprofit education and support organization serving women and families affected by breast cancer. LBBC's mission is to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. 

Dr. Don McKenzie

The Origins of Breast Cancer Paddling

Do you know the story behind the breast cancer paddling movement? Did you know that Dr. Don McKenzie, a professor at the University of British Columbia, started it all through a study about the impact of repetitive upper body exercise on women with breast cancer? At the time it was believed that it would create or exacerbate lymphedema. Dr McKenkie set out to prove this theory wrong. Read more.

Sandy Smith

The Sandy Smith Global Race is an important tradition at International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Festivals. Here is the story of how it came into being. Sandy Smith was a major reason many of us from around the world were at the first of the Participatory Festivals in Vancouver, Canada in 2005, in Caloundra, Australia in 2007, Peterborough, Canada in 2010, and Sarasota, Florida, USA in 2014. Click here to find out more.

Abreast in a Boat
A race against breast cancer, Donald C. McKenzie,
MD., PhD.

"We're All in the Same Boat." A Review of the Benefits of Dragon Boat Racing for Women Living with Breast Cancer, Susan R. Harris.

Latest IBCPC Newsletter
August, 2015

How to Start a Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team

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