We started in 2007 and paddled into something really special!
IBCPC PARTICIPATORY – March 28 – April 3, 2022
Countdown to Lake Kapiro / New Zealand
The IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival is held every 3 to 4 years under the auspices of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission. The festival is an international non-competitive participatory event for breast cancer paddler teams who engage in Dragonboat activities as post breast cancer diagnosis rehabilitation. For the first time since the establishment of IBCPC in 2010, the festival will take place in the southern hemisphere in New Zealand.
Dragon boat paddling has become a rehabilitation therapy for tens of thousands of women, and men worldwide, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The New Zealand 2022 festival will involve a selection of teams from the current 240 IBCPC member teams, from 30 countries across all continents (other than the Antarctic). The festival will be governed by the Aotearoa Wahine Toa Ora Trust (AWTO) and sitting under the trust will be an Organising Committee (OC) chaired by Meri Gibson and working with her will be many experienced members of the New Zealand Dragon Boat Association (NZDBA) on the technical management of the festival, members of Abreast of Life Dragon Boat team and members of other breast cancer teams in New Zealand to help with other aspects of the festival. Learn more.