Annette Green, Paulajane Ellis and Angie Walter showed the locals the Aussies meant business at the Parade Start.
Annette Green, Paulajane Ellis and Angie Walter showed the locals the Aussies meant business at the Parade Start.

Silver for survivors in Canada

A TEAM of breast cancer survivors who had never paddled together are flushed with the success of their international campaign.

Placing second in a photo finish in the final of the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival, the ‘Spirit’ team, including the Coffs Coast’s own Annette Green, Paulajane Ellis and Angie Walter, are not dwelling on missing out on first place.

“This was a friendly festival with the emphasis on participation rather than competition, as our race is against breast cancer, not each other. We all received the same participatory medal,” Mrs Walter said.

“The festival was amazing with 2000 survivors participating from Australia, Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand and South Africa.”

The festival held in Peterborough, Canada, from June 11 to 13, included 12 full teams of Australian breast cancer survivors. More than 200 breast cancer survivors, as well as a very large contingent of their supporters, travelled to Canada for the festival.

“During the parade many local Canadians wanted to know if there were any Aussies left at home,” Mrs Walter said with a grin.



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