The Coffs Coast Advocate

Hard journey for Dragon paddlers

AFTER surviving breast cancer, there's really nothing that Coffs Coast locals Angie Walter and Lee Millard-Newton can't do.

And now, they're out to prove it, as they head to Kununurra this weekend for a marathon 55km paddle on the Ord River in Western Australia.

The single-day paddle is part of Dragons Abreast Dragonboat Club, and will see breast cancer survivors from around Australia and New Zealand participate.

Angie, who is also regional representative for Dragons Abreast on the NSW North Coast, said it was going to be an arduous journey.

“The one-day, 55km paddle will take us through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world - the mighty Kimberley!” she said.

“It is no ordinary feat for strong, experienced and fit sportspeople, so for those post breast cancer to be tackling this paddle, it will be a daunting and an extreme personal challenge.”

She said the event was a demonstration of how valuable the Dragons Abreast organisation is in empowering breast cancer survivors to lead full and active lives.

“It challenges us all to stretch our horizons in a supportive and welcoming environment,” she said.

National Ambassador for Dragons Abreast and local Coffs Harbour hairdresser John Senes said Dragons Abreast doesn't get enough recognition for the work it does for local women.

“Being a hairdressing salon owner I work mostly with women, so I believe that the awareness, inclusiveness and participation that Dragons Abreast promotes is fundamental to their ongoing journeys,” he said.

For more information about dragon boating on the Coffs Coast email or

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