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Dragons Abreast Toronto

Established in 1997, Dragons Abreast Toronto is the second breast cancer paddler dragon boat team in the world.  Our team is dedicated to improving fitness and quality of life for breast cancer survivors, demonstrating through dragon boat racing that anyone with breast cancer can lead an active life full of adventure. By taking part in this challenging, yet gratifying sport, we strive to achieve our personal best in hopes of empowering and inspiring others who are going through this journey.

We are a diverse community of people who have shared a life-changing experience, and the dragon boat is a symbol of our survivorship and strength. We come together to paddle and to race, and we benefit from the friendship, support, and comradery we share with our teammates.

We dedicate our passion and commitment to dragon boat racing to our pink sisters who will always paddle with us in spirit.

Contact Information:

We welcome new members – no previous paddling experience required.

To contact the team, please email:

For information about becoming a member, please email:

2019 Upcoming Practices, Races and Events

Events Calendar here:

August 2019

Saturdays – rep crew lake practice (Sunnyside) 8:30-10:00 am (Aug 10, 17, 24, 31)

Tuesdays – lake practice *updated to 7:20 -8:20 pm as of August 13, 2019

Thursdays – lake practice *updated to 7:20 -8:20 pm as of August 13, 2019

August 6 – “Open Boat” – invitation to all breast cancer survivors to try out this exciting sport

August 8 – “Open Boat” – invitation to all breast cancer survivors to try out this exciting sport

August 10 – Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival – Join us and support Dragons Abreast Toronto

August 17 – Teddy Bears Picnic – Location: Dragons Abreast Memorial Bench

September 2019

Sep 7, 8 – GWN Dragon Boat Challenge (Marilyn Bell Park, Toronto)

Sep 22 – Paddle the Humber event (Humber River with Toronto Adventures, Firkin on the Bay Restaurant) 10:00am

October 2019

November 2019

Nov 6 – Annual General Staff Meeting – morning (time to be determined) at the Royal Canadian Legion on Lakeshore Blvd. W. – Directions and details to follow.  We hope to see you all there to recap the 2019 season.

Dragons Abreast 2018 Year in Review:


Dragons Abreast Toronto is honored and grateful for the generous sponsorship of Anita Canada,

who supports our mission and provides vital funding to offset our operating costs.

Clubs and Associations

As members of the Sunnyside Paddling Club, our exceptional coaching staff and beautifully maintained dragon boats are made available to the team.

Dragons Abreast Toronto is proud to be members of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission. The IBCPC’s mandate is to encourage the establishment of breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness. The Commission supports the development of recreational dragon boat paddling as a contribution to a healthy lifestyle for those diagnosed with breast cancer.