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From the President:
Hello to all Long Time and New Paddlers.
Calendar of Events
It is great to see so many Amazons joining
in during the part of the season that is DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
called for the want of a better name ―Off
season racing‖. 20th June 2009: DBWA Strategic Planning day at
MSRC members are invited to attend. Respond to
This is the time of the year where we build President Vic at firstname.lastname@example.org
our friendships and our fitness to take us into regatta
season. During this time we concentrate on paddling for 27th June 2009: Club End of Season Lunch at Jane‘s
technique and pleasure. The evening paddles on house – bring a plate
Tuesday night are wonderful, even when it is a little cold
and dark. Sharing a drink afterwards serves two September Long Weekend: DAA Meeting in
purposes. It gives us time to catch up socially with each Mandurah all members are encouraged to attend.
other and does in a small way, support the Maylands
25th October 2009: Pink Community Fun Day & Pink
Club. Thanks to all the members who bring ―nibbles‖. It
Field of Women at Maylands
definitely makes the wine go down a little easier!
7th November 2009: Boddington Regatta &
On a more serious note, I would like to thank all Fairbridge Party Night Sleepover.
members for contributing to the viability of Amazons. Our
finances are the best they have ever been. This would
not be possible if individual members of the Club failed
to participate. Your participation in selling Entertainment
Books, seeking out sponsorship, following up on actions
and, generally being Great Sports adds to the success of
the Club. I also appreciate the work going into the ―Pink
Come and Try Day‖. This will be a great event and will
require all of us to assist in one way or another.
ANZAC weekend 2010: National Dragon Boat
As a reminder to you all, we have our end of race
season celebrations coming up shortly. Please respond
to Margaret‘s email re food and complete your Club June 2010: International Breast Cancer Survivors
Champion nomination forms. Please note the important Festival (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada).
‗Amazon dates‘ in this newsletter and write them in your
diary so you don‘t miss out. We are all busy people and
it is easy for us to get pulled in many different directions
if we don‘t plan ahead. Comings & Goings
In closing, thank you all for being great people, keen While we send congratulations to
paddlers and willing to come on this great journey with Barb on joining the ‗Grandmother
us. Paddles Up! Tanya Club‘ we also share Marg‘s sadness
with the passing of her dearly loved
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Treasurer’s Report From the Coaching Team:
As at the end of May 2009 the following is our cash Our training program incorporates various phases:
position: Off season / Recovery (our
2008/09 Pre-season training (starts
Balance B/F - 1/7/08 20,574.38
Total receipts 20,220.59 General training (read: Milk
Total expenses (29,265.11) Crate here)
Increase / (Decrease) for the year: (9,044.52) Specific training
Balance Cash Book - 31/05/09 11,529.86 Competition (usually the
Less allocated funds:
Boat Maintenance Fund (1,440.00)
Board approved expenditure (1,601.00) Stretching is an important part
Banners x 2 (800.00) of any dragon boat workout
Business Cards estimate (160.00) routine. It helps increase your
flexibility and reduce your
Members funds remaining 7,528.86 chances of injury. You should
stretch both before and after
your workout and make sure
Fund raising in 2008/09 your muscles are warm (i.e.,
stretch after you warm up).
The club has raised a net $4,313.44 from fund raising to Now that we are venturing out
date. in cooler weather it‘s important to wear a track top during
warm ups and to put it on as soon as we come off the
This is made up as follows water. We want to avoid chilled, stiff and/or sore
Balance of Ent Books 2008 / 09 $312.00
Sale of Pink Chairs $30.00 It‘s also a good time to think about some strength work.
Bunnings Oct SS $1,003.26 This is when you build muscle mass to be strong
Bunnings Dec SS $1,093.05 Amazons when we get back
Amazon Raffle Champion Lakes $537.00 into ‗full on‘ training.
Catering Champion Lakes Regatta $488.13 (Remember that milk crate!).
DBWA Raffle $600.00 Try making your body into the
Corporate Regatta $250.00 bridge you learnt with Jan… the
Narrows Bridge, not the
Sydney Harbour Bridge. You‘ll be amazed at how strong
$4,313.44 your abs become after a bit of this work.
The grant monies have all been expended and the
paperwork is currently with our accountant for audit. The
audit certificate is required to be submitted to the
Bayswater and Noranda Bendigo Bank Community
Enterprise Programme on or before 16 June 2009.
The club has now paid for another boat trolley and this
should be ready in the next financial year.
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Hello fellow Amazons,
Have you thought about joining us in Canada in June 2010
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL?
Highlights of the event, which is meant to raise awareness and encourage participation across the world, will
include: opening and closing ceremonies, optional tours for visitors, a welcoming barbeque hosted by the
Mayor of Peterborough, a gala dinner with entertainment, a special memorial race—the Sandy Smith Global
Race, a variety of workshops for paddlers, a beer tent, vendors and information/awareness booths and the
traditional flower ceremony.
About 65 teams from across the world are expected to attend the event. Teams from
Nova Scotia, Alberta B.C, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, England and United States have all
indicated their intention to participate.
So far we have 12 survivors and 2 supporters who have indicated that
they may be interested in attending. If you are thinking about coming and
haven‘t let me know yet, please do so as soon as possible so that we
can make some decisions about registering as a team (minimum of 18
survivors) or as individual paddlers. Obviously cost will be a factor for
many people and I will try to get
some prices out to you as soon
as possible (keeping in mind that
airlines seem rather reluctant to
give details of prices until about
30 minutes before departure!). As
there will be a lot of organization
required for this mammoth event,
I propose that we set up a
committee to work on the details.
If you are interested in being on this committee, please let me
know via email (email@example.com) or in person as soon
as possible. Cheers, Jan
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Meet Our Members… Paddlers Lesley & Ruth …
It‟s Saturday evening, I have had a very nice
cocktail called Between the Sheets… and now I will
tell you a story, are you sitting comfortably
How I found out about dragonboat paddling with
the Amazons… Over coffee (or 2) at the Globe Mt
Lawley (a favourite haunt of Ruth and mine before
we had to earn a living) Ruth said she wanted to try
Dragon Boating because she had seen the Dragons
Captain Jan… Abreast program on ABC. She also told Rebecca
(her daughter) that “Les and I are thinking of
dragon boating”, Rebecca told her friend, who told
I'm Jan. I live in Roleystone with my supportive and ever her mum (who just happens to be Glenys), who
patient husband Ron, my 2 beautiful daughters Jordan(18) spoke to Ruth….
and Maddison(15), 2 dogs and 3 cats. I joined the Amazons
in July 2006 following my diagnosis of breast cancer in and decided to try it…. so there we were on a
August 2005 ( the most unwanted gift I received for my 40th drizzly winter‟s Saturday morning in all our glory in
birthday in September that year!).
what we thought was appropriate daggy paddling
gear, surrounded by all these pink ladies with
I found out about dragonboat paddling with the Amazons pouffed up hair and full make up! (It was a photo
whilst searching the net for information on breast cancer
shoot for the West Australian). The rest is history
following my diagnosis. I have always loved competitive
including paddling at National Championships in
team sports and I am also keen to spread the message of
both Nagambie and Penrith and the final glory of
"breast awareness" amongst the wider community. I love
the fact that paddling with the Amazons allows me to do paddling internationally at Penang
both of these things.
Paddling makes me feel....As Ruth puts it, an „Elite
I decided to try it because I had given up competitive Athlete‟ who is still waiting for the Bling but you
basketball when I commenced chemotherapy and was can‟t have it all can you?
feeling a bit battered and bruised by the time I had finished.
I wanted to do something physical following treatment but The one thing I like about paddling with the
didn't feel well enough physically or emotionally to take on Amazons is....The inclusivity and the fun of a team
the 18 year olds at basketball! Dragon Boating looked like it sport with a fabulous group of women who, no matter
might be the answer. I braved my first training session on a what always find something to laugh about.
chilly July morning a month or so after I had
completed active treatment and I was hooked from the first
Paddling makes me feel alive! I love the fun and friendship
that I share with this special group of inspiring women, and
I also love the competitiveness that the sport of dragon
One of the things I love about paddling with the Amazons is
the camaraderie. The combined strength of character and
diverseness of the group sets Amazons apart from many
other dragon boat clubs. Although I have looked at paddling
with other clubs closer to home, I have yet to find a club
with the same "heart" as the Amazons. I feel very
privileged to be part of this special group.
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Now…thanks to Andrea here‘s a test to see just how much you know about your sport and your club. Use the
clues on the next page to complete this A-mazing A-mazon Crossword…
The first correct entry submitted to Andrea … WINS an A-mazing prize!
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A Big Thank You
1 What the Sweeps cannot do without.
2 June 2010
6 Tanya (two words)
10 Entertainment Books anyone
12 Hot or cold water The folk who joined in the
16 Pink plastic ladies (3 words) Saturday morning Busy Bee
19 What‘s on in Mandurah (2 words) gardening session at the front of
24 Our Web Mistress the club rooms. It‘s good to see
28 Lunch anyone? Location? (2 words) that Pat had her paddling
31 Club name (5 words) priorities in hand…
34 Small or medium? (2 words)
35 Our only Life Member
36 If you cannot swim borrow one of these (2
37 What Fiona & Margaret are becoming
38 Who will never make us another paddling
25th October 2009: Keep it Free
shirt for our ‘Pink Come & Try Day’!
DOWN 10am - 2pm.
2 Our email address (ignore the ― ‖) Committee members are: Jan, Nola, Jane, Lesley,
Barbara, Janette and Cheryl. If you have any ideas on how to make
3 Our regattas are held here
this day an even greater success or can source prizes for our raffles(s)
please chat to one of us.
5 Where a few Amazons have spoken.
7 Who are our accredited Sweeps (3)
8 Supporter- boat number two We want the raffles to be truly exciting so if you
9 Our motto (4 word) have contacts for really, great prizes please let
11 Where we have our annual sleep-over us know. We are thinking of things like a pink
13 Supporter- road trolley iPod, a pink bicycle, a pink laptop, a pink digital
14 Supporter – boat camera, a pink diamond… you get the idea.
15 The Outback Air Race – Angels & Demons
Charity movie Sunday 31 May – where did Plans include: a cake stall, a sausage sizzle and
the donations go? (4 words) some BCNA merchandise such as pins for sale, a 'field of women' for
17 First 3 words in our song raising awareness and funds for breast cancer. Other ideas are in the mix,
18 Nola but are still coming together. We‘ll have our boats on the water so folk can
20 Amazon AGM Month have a supervised paddle to experience paddling first hand to recruit new
21 Next year‘s Nationals anyone? members for our club and for dragon boating in general.
22 Our entertainment books target number (4
words) The Department of Sport and Recreation is supporting us with a
25 Where the club is based Community Participation Funding Program grant. This is to be used
26 Speaker system (2 words) for printing 10,000 flyers, postage and distribution through community
27 What‘s on in October? (2 words) newspapers and some administration costs. We want to attract lots of
29 What Jennie edits people so if you know of suitable contacts and locations where we can
30 What we cannot do without
leave our brochures contact a committee member. Put the date in your
32 Tour Guide
diary and let's make it a wonderful pink day.
33 What keeps
our derrieres on
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