The Derby City Dragons began practicing in the spring of 2013 in a borrowed Voyageur Canoe. By the summer, the team was paddling in a borrowed dragon boat. At the end of the 2014 season, however, that boat must be returned to its owner.With your support, the team now plans to buy a boat of their.They will power the boat with wooden dragon boat paddles and a steering oar, which they will hand carve with the assistance of the Skipping Fish Boat School. They will also work with a local artist to carve a custom made Dragon Head and Dragon Tail for the boat.
Apart from the feeling of empowerment building paddles for the new boat will provide, a recent study published in the online journal Cancer noted that only 35 % of women treated for breast cancer met recommendations for physical activity after diagnosis*. That figure is daunting, given research showing a direct correlation between exercise and survival rates. In everything the Derby City Dragons do, whether paddling the Ohio River with bright pink paddles or enjoying each other’s company, the team’s intent is to provide this community with the knowledge and visual example that breast cancer is no match for the fiery passion of the dragon within.The team plans to continue to do that with every stroke of the hand-made paddles!
Description of a Dragon Boat paddle: The front and back views of the paddle shall be identical as shall the view from either side of the paddle. Its minimum length shall be 105cm and its maximum length 130cm. The Blade width shall be18cm. The Shaft shall have a maximum width and shall generally be circular. The Handle may be of any shape which will fit within an imaginary box of the dimensions 100mm x 50mm x 40mm as shown in the Outline Drawing.
*SOURCE: Cancer, news release, June 9, 2014
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges: As one team member said, “We have overcome the insult of cancer and endured the treatments. The risks and challenges of associated with building paddles, steering oar, head and tail are insignificant. But with that said, we all lead busy lives, so the biggest challenge will be to maintain the commitment of the paddlers and the community supporters during the building process.”
Challenges and Mitigations:
1) Not enough team members to complete the project: The team has a crew of dedicated volunteers with building, engineering and technical skills.
2) Inadequate skill level to create the paddles, oars, head and tail: The partnership with Skipping Fish Boat School will provide the team with access to the necessary tools and training to use the tools.
3) Waning enthusiasm: As this project idea was broached, huge grins appeared on the faces of team members. Their commitment is solid and powerful.
4) Not enough people coming to work on the paddles, oar, head and tail: The team members already demonstrate their commitment by showing up twice a week for practice. However, if life interferes, the team has back-up friends, relatives, and supporters ready to step in and assist.
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