ASA was formed in 2005 with a focus that “men get breast cancer too”.

With an Office of Sport and Recreation Grant, ASA in conjunction with the Copper Coast Council and a group of community members, established a club, now operating as Copper Coast Dragons.  ASA was also responsible for supporting the development of the Mannum Paddlesteamers and to this day join them at times in a variety  of dragon boat events.

You don't need to be a breast cancer survivor to join - just have the desire to be part of a club that promotes breast cancer awareness and the fact that "Men get breast cancer too".

ASA’s philosophy is that everyone is a survivor of something in their lives - we do not focus on a diagnosis whether it be breast cancer etc – we believe in inclusiveness amongst our membership base, involving all in all aspects of the club, whether it be training, regattas and social events.

We enjoy being on the water and participate in DBSA regattas at West Lakes, as well as participating in:

  • Masters events both locally, intrastate and interstate
  • International events when the opportunity arises (Wellington NZ 2011, Venice 2013 & 2017 as well as completing a 55k paddle down the Ord River in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia)
  • and participating in DBSA come and try events locally and in rural areas of South Australia

... as well as offering support and camaraderie to each other in a fun and supportive environment.

ASA is a member of Dragon Boat SA (DBSA), Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), the International Breast Cancer Commission (IBCC) and the Male Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) based in USA.

Pump up the resistance to cancer - Preliminary results from a study under way at the University of Western Sydney suggest breast cancer survivors who undertake resistance training produce high levels of "natural killer cells" that can prevent a relapse - extract from article by Neil Keen: The Adelaide Advertiser, Monday January 14, 2013.

Training is predominately held at the Aquatic Centre, Bower Road, West Lakes on:

  • Tue 5.45 – 7.00 pm (only if numbers allow)
  • Thur 5.45 - 7.00 pm
  • Sat 8.45 - 10.00 am

Why not come out and take advantage of one month’s free sessions – includes 2 training sessions a week and if you are very keen, entry into a regatta – the DRAGON PASS gives you this fantastic opportunity to get hooked on a sport that is inexpensive and challenging in a friendly and inclusive club

It's always best to ring before coming out for the first time, as at times, training sessions may change.

For further information, contact:

Mobile - 0432 068 180
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