Busting With Life
Inspired by the Canadian study and the growing success of Abreast In A Boat, Trici Nelson – a breast cancer survivor - approached the Auckland Cancer Society with a proposal to form an Auckland team. Thus Busting With Life was born in 1998, with Olympic Champion and National Dragon Boat Association co-ordinator Paul McDonald as advisor.
Off the water, the Busting With Life message has reached hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders:
On the water, Busting With Life has much to be proud of:
o Vancouver – 2000 – came 7th overall in the first international breast cancer dragon boating regatta.
o 2003 – Hosted the inaugural South Pacific Breast Cancer regatta in Auckland and competed against teams from Canada, America and Australia – finishing 3rd overall.
o 2005 – Alcan Regatta in Vancouver, Canada – Busting With Life was the only breast cancer survivor team to qualify for the Recreation Grade final. And of 180 teams competing, most being male/female non-cancer teams, Busting With Life ranked 35th overall.
o 2005 – Abreast In A Boat 10 Year Breast Cancer Regatta – competing against 62 teams, Busting With life came in 4th.
o 2006 – Competing in Singapore against teams from Australia, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, UK, South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia at the inaugural IPDBC Breast Cancer Dragon Boat World Championships – Busting With Life proudly took home 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.