2016 National Dragons Abreast Regatta

The Dragons Abreast National Regatta 2016 was held on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June 2016 at Lake Kawana on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Wow, what an incredibly successful Regatta!!!  

Dragons Abreast Australia members - you should be very proud of yourselves!!! Not only did you do some incredible paddling but you displayed in abundance what Dragons Abreast is all about!!! The DAA philosophy of "Awareness, Participation and Inclusiveness" was on show for everyone to see.

The weather gods were very kind to us and we enjoyed perfect on water conditions.  We also 'enjoyed' some fierce competition from our amazing New Zealand neighbours - CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team from beautiful Wellington. Thank you for coming to paddle with us!!!

Click here to see the Race Results!

Click here to access the Coaching Presentation from the Workshop.

Of course, when you have around 500 amazing fun loving people in one place there has to be some fantastic photos!!! Use the links below to view some of the fun....

Registration and Day One

Day Two

Gala Dinner

- More photos (from Groups)..... (this album will continue to be updated with photos submitted to the office)

Thank you to Leigh and Bern Muldoon for being our official photographers over the weekend.

Following is some feedback we have received from attendees -

"Wow, what an experience!! I don't think I have ever been witness to so much love, support, fun, determination, kindness, excitement, camaraderie and pure joy in one place at the one time. It definitely was a celebration of life."

"I could not fault a thing and I had an absolute ball (I am sure you could tell!). I know the work that goes into events such as these and you all ought to be delighted with the result and the extensive feedback I have heard so far has been nothing short of excellent with the common theme being ‘we must support DAA, for not just us but, for those women and men yet to be diagnosed’. If it wasn’t for DAA I would not have so many beautiful friends all around the country and the world and I’ve said it before and I will say it again, ‘DAA gave me my life back.'"

 ".... what an amazing 2 days!! culminating in a wonderful gala dinner. We could have sat and listened and laughed with Robyn Moore for hours....but then we did need time to show off our dancing skills  *:) happy

Glorious weather, calm water, special time catching up with friends from other clubs and the opportunity to make new friends....who could ask for more. Jackie, Liz and Chris from Port Lincoln are definitely a part of our Snapdragon family now.
We had 3 new survivor and 3 new supporter paddlers participating at the regatta and even though we had already got to know each other those 2 days have added so much more....all day, each day, whether heading out onto the water or returning off it, just walking around the site, the smiles didn't leave their faces....the same was true of our existing members also. Dressing up, being a bit crazy, laughing lots, shedding a few tears when remembering our angels....being able to share such times and create such wonderful memories with each other is such an amazing, powerful experience.
The effort and time that went into organising this event is so appreciated, words don't seem to express our thanks enough. We truly hope that this event is something that DAA will be able to continue in the years to come."

Don't forget to share your experiences of the Regatta with those that may be just starting on their breast cancer survival journey, to show them of the positive, joyful opportunities that being a part Dragons Abreast Australia can provide.

Paddles Up!!!




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Our Sponsors

Dragons Abreast Australia is sponsored by Specialised Therapeutics Australia, an international biopharmaceutical company with strategic focus and expertise in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

With the highest professional and ethical standards, Specialised Therapeutics Australia commercialise therapies and technologies that uniquely fulfil the unmet medical needs of the community.


Quality and affordable sporting apparel. Provider of our DAA jackets, with a percentage of proceeds being donated to Dragons Abreast.

Platinum Sponsor of the 2017 Dragons Abreast Festival, Cancer Institute NSW, is dedicated to reducing the impact of cancer and improving outcomes for people with cancer across the state of New South Wales by:

Promoting the prevention of cancer

Improving early detection and participation in cancer screening

Improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer

Building capacity in cancer research

Using the latest data and information to drive positive change across the health system.


Get in touch with Dragons Abreast Australia on 1300 889 566 or fill in our enquiry form