In March of 2006 several women met in the cancer center of Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care - All Saints, to talk about starting a breast cancer survivor's dragon boat team.
We named ourselves Pink Paddling Power and one of our members designed the team logo. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of fitness level, age, size, shape or experience. This provides an opportunity to experience camaraderie with other BCS and compete in this intriguing sport.
Our first international race was in 2007 at the World Corporate & Community Dragon Boat Championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada. We came home with our first silver medal. In the same year at the Oshkosh Fall Fest, we won the "Team Spirit Award".
In 2012 we represented the USA BCS Survivors in the IDBF 8th Club Crew World Championships held in Hong Kong in July of 2012. We survived the challenging race venue of Victoria Harbour and received the bronze trophy. What a great experience! We are now training to represent once again, the USA BCS Survivors at the IDBF 9th Club Crew World Championships held in Ravenna, Italy, September 2014.
When not sailing the Root River, you can find these pirates enjoying ale from their home brew.
Arashi was born as a women's crew in 2009 and the following year we made our debut as a competitive mixed crew. Arashi means "storm" in Japanese.
We are comprised of athletes from a wide range of ages and occupations. We have competed at local, national and international races. What binds us is our common passion for the sport. We train intensely and race more competitively. While we compete to win, we play fair and display good sportsmanship always! We have gained many friends through our quest for gold. Our camaraderie both on and off the water is second to none!
Motley Crew is a mixed team that has been around since the club's inception. We are a recreational, semi-competitive team of all ages. We practice once a week and compete in local dragon boat festivals. We enjoy the water, a good workout and meeting new friends.