Meet a FEW of the Wave Walkers team
I’m a practising Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Therapist. I had breast CA in 2011 and then developed mild arm lymphoedema. I joined Wave Walkers in 2017, a direct positive consequence of the illness through meeting fellow WW Bron. I love it, it’s great for fitness, camaraderie, friendship, competition and mutual support .
The first time I tried to paddle was at an open day, where I got an invite to paddle as part of the team at a night event called the Illuminated Parade. It was fun and exhilarating and almost 4 years on I’m still paddling with Wave Walkers. Dragon boating has provided me with the opportunity to improve my fitness whilst combining my passion for travel, architecture and, of course, paddling. I like the freedom that paddling brings, the team comradery and the challenges of festivals and racing events. Although I’ve taken part in a few competitive races, I particularly enjoy taking part in longer endurance distances and seeing cities such as Cork and Venice from unique viewpoints within canals, rivers and waterways.
I joined the team in 2018 when I developed lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment. Dragon boat paddling has proven benefits and was recommended by my breast clinic physiotherapist. I love the sense of space I feel when we are on the water. I struggled to manage more than a few strokes at first but the team encouraged me. After a few months, they persuaded me to take part in events and races. The atmosphere at events is fantastic – the dragon boat community are so friendly and supportive. Before cancer I couldn’t have imagined spending my Sunday mornings on a boat, but now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
I’m Lisa and was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2018; it had already spread to my lymph nodes causing Lymphedema from the start. My physiotherapist suggested Wave Walkers and I joined the crew in late 2019. I’m still not at the stamina and style of the others, but it’s a great supportive, understanding group. And whilst sometimes on the water I ask myself what I’m doing there; I’m always happy that I went out not only for my own fitness, but also that I now have such a supportive network of friends.
As a keen jogger I joined Wave Walkers in Autumn 2018 as recommended by my physiotherapist to try a form of exercise to help with healing after surgery. I have since not only been healed, felt stronger but also found much enjoyment in dragon boat rowing in an amazingly supportive and friendly community. I have shared her experience with others on how beneficial, exciting and eye-opening it is to be part of this inspiring and energetic group.