Wonder Woman's Warriors (aka Hope Floats) is a Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team in the Niagara Region. We paddle out of South Niagara Canoe Club (SNCC) at 108 Thorold Road East in Welland during the spring, summer and autumn. In the winter we paddle in the WIFC (Welland International Flatwater Center) indoor facility at 16 Townline Tunnel Rd, Welland, Ontario.
The commitment level is a personal choice. We practice twice a week during the Summer, Spring and Winter, and once per week in the autumn. Some paddlers never miss a practice, others paddle once a week or in the case of shift workers every other week. We are a recreational team with an optional competitive aspect to it.
Our Breast Cancer Survivor Team does not have a full roster yet. We are building the team and will always be open to new recruitments. No age limits and all fitness levels welcome. When we fill a boat, we simply start filling another one. We practice with the two SNCC recreational crews Hope Floats (women's crew) and Canal Dragons (mixed crew). We also paddle in festivals together. The camaraderie within the club makes it perfect for BCS crew to invite family and friends to be able to practice and race together.
When we enter a Breast Cancer Survivor race or festival, we invite crew members from other BCS teams, generally from another southern Ontario BCS team or Buffalo's Hope Chest BCS team.
The costs are twofold and very reasonable.
SNCC yearly membership: May 1st 2017 through April 30th 2018 prices $95.00 per year
Then you pay for the seasonal paddling sessions. You can pick and choose or sign up for all four seasons.
Spring (2018): (2x/wk) - Mon and Wed, 6:45 p.m. -7:45 p.m. (May - June) Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. Fee: $70.00
Summer (2018): (2x/wk) - Mon and Wed, 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. (July - mid September) Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. Fee: $80.00
Fall (2018): (1x/wk) - Wed. 6:00 - 7:00 pm ( mid- September until it gets too cold or too dark ) Fee: TBD
Winter (2018): (2x/wk) - Mon and Wed, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Dates to TBA Ninety minute sessions Fee: $200.00
Not a member yet and want to join us for winter paddling? We will prorate the membership fees for winter paddling beginning December 2018.
The Winter session costs are more expensive as we have to rent the Welland International Flatwater Center and the sessions are 90 minutes. As a returning customer and not for profit club, SNCC enjoys an affiliate discount with WIFC. The indoor paddling and exercise facilities are world class. This is a twice a week program designed to work on paddling technique, strength and endurance. Come out and enjoy the paddle tank at the WIFC!!
Click here for more information on the Welland International Flatwater Center (WIFC).
South Niagara Canoe Club website: www.southniagaracanoeclub.ca
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Twenty five years ago, Canada’s own Dr. Don McKenzie of Vancouver, B.C. refused to believe that Breast Cancer Survivors (“BCS”) would never be able to participate in upper body sports again. He formed the first BCS Dragon Boat crew, and survivors from all over the world have since enjoyed healthy, active lives after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Every four years, the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission hosts a BCS Dragon Boat Festival. Members of Wonder Woman’s Warriors paddled in Peterborough, Ontario in 2010, and in Sarasota, Florida in 2014, where 2,500 survivors representing 12 countries participated. We formed Wonder Woman’s Warriors to participate in the 2018 International BCS Dragon Boat Festival being held in Florence, Italy.
With 22 Breast Cancer Survivors on a team, each requiring registration, flights and accommodation, we have a challenge ahead of us to reach our fundraising goals. Toward that end, we are holding many spaghetti dinners, silent auctions, craft sales, bake sales and more.
Please attend our events to help support us in our efforts to raise money for our entire crew to attend the 2018 IBCPC Festival.
Florence, Italy 2018
At the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival
Held every 4 years
Wellness and Fitness
Camaraderie and Fun
Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness
Support For Each Other
Some of us have been paddling for just one season; others have been paddling for more than a decade. Dragon boating has given us the support and courage we need to live fully as cancer survivors. We are going to Florence to celebrate our strength. Paddling as one, we will power down the 500-meter course, racing against other survivor crews and against cancer.