Started by a group of breast cancer survivors in the metro Atlanta area, the Steel Magnolias reach out to both survivors and supporters who want to enjoy the health benefits of the sport, being on the water and the camaraderie of a team.
A welcoming group that make you feel like part of the team from day one. Whether you are familiar with watersports or new to it, you will leave feeling invigorated, inspired and at peace. The Dragon Boat can be a 10 or 20 seat boat with a dragon head and a drummer at the front and at the back a steer person who makes sure the boat stays on course. The two paddlers up front are the strokes – your guide to follow the rhythm and tempo of the boat to ensure everyone has the same timing to move the boat forward. We have a great coach and team that will make you feel right at home. You will not notice you have been out on the water for more than an hour nor that you have had a great upper body workout!
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Dragon Boat Atlanta is a breast cancer awareness team made up of breast cancer survivors and supporters of all ages (20's- 70's) male and female. The team was founded in 2004 and incorporated in May, 2011 as a 501(c)3. The members travel from throughout the metro Atlanta area to practice at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. Weather permitting practices are Sunday afternoons at 1:45 pm and in hot weather Saturday mornings at 8:30 am.
Dragon Boat Atlanta has participated in dragon boat festivals throughout the southeast, Charleston, SC, Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN, Charlotte and Lake Lure, NC, Augusta and Peachtree City , GA and Tampa, FL. In 2007 the team took 1st Place in the Peachtree City inaugural festival. They also take part in the Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat festival every September.
The Breast Cancer survivors traveling and participating as "DBA-Steel Magnolias" joined over 100 other Breast Cancer Dragon Boat teams in the IBCPC festivals in Vancouver in 2005, Peterborough, Canada in 2010, Sarasota, FL in 2014. and Florence, Italy in 2018. The survivors have especially enjoyed traveling to Windsor, Canada to participate in their festival and bringing home prize money several times.
Members have also taken part in several other events supporting breast cancer awareness. The American Cancer Society" Relay for Life", Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Avon 3-Day Walk and Harvest for Hope. Team members are always available to speak at local civic clubs and health organizations.
Imagine sitting in a boat with inspirational men and women who are completely in sync with you as the Dragon Boat glides through the water. It is like a symphony you can only experience by joining a group like ours. If you’re interested, contact us at 706-870-3689.
Paddles up! We hope to see you soon.