Dragon Boating on Snow

le Grand-Bornard, January 2023

Pink Champagne Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Team, are based at Hengistbury Head, Dorset. Normally they paddle their dragon boats from their base and along the River Stour at Christchurch or out towards Mudeford Spit. But they have just returned from Le Grand Bornard in the French Alps where they competed in a new type of dragon boating, instead of water the boats were fitted with skis and they raced other teams from Europe and Ireland on snow.

Two teams of 8 took to the boats along with a drummer and a helm steering at speed across the snowy landscape. It was a very different experience with adapted paddles which dug into the snow.

It was such a fun event to be part of and a reminder to the 22 women who went that there is life to be lived and celebrated after having had breast cancer.