The Cork Dragons are a Dragon Boat Team set up in 2012 to, support women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and men too. More men are now being diagnosed in Ireland with Breast Cancer.
Evidence has shown that exercise after breast cancer is not only safe but beneficial. Apart from the obvious weight control benefit, exercise can improve mental health, boost energy levels and promote better sleep. The specific movement of paddling a dragon boat could play an important part in preventing and/or improving lymphoedema, a chronic swelling of tissues that can occur due to breast surgery and/or radiation.
Being a member of the Cork Dragons means you can connect with other cancer survivors whilst engaging in a fun, physical activity. The mix of camaraderie, fresh air, positive endorphins and feeling of being involved in a new adventure all lends itself to an overall ‘feel good’ experience.
We train twice a week Tues @6pm and Sat/Sun @10am from April to October and during the winter months we exercise with our coach Claire Lambe who has tailor made an exercise programme specifically for us.