Initially under the wings of the Auckland Breast Cancer Support Service, Busting With Life was incorporated as a society in 2004.
A 7 member leadership committee addresses all management, administration, team development, fund raising, and operational matters in accordance with the team’s charter.
• The president is elected for a term of two years, and can only hold the position for two terms (4 years)
• All other leadership committee members are elected annually by the membership at the Annual General Meeting
A qualified coach is appointed by the leadership committee to develop the paddling skills and racing strategy expertise of the team, and to direct an overall fitness program. The training program is fundamental to the success of the team and to paddler enjoyment, so the coach is a key player. He/she strives to achieve the team’s on-the-water goals while being keenly aware of the motivational requirements of 25 individuals.
Appointed by the coach with the endorsement of the Leadership Committee, a team captain is appointed to provide on-the-water leadership and guidance. The captain also acts as spokesperson at regattas, and keeps the team organised at events. A key role, the captain plays an important coach – committee – team liaison role, and needs to be aware of all factors that might impact on-the-water performance.
The only pre-requisite is a history of breast cancer. Age, athletic ability and previous paddling experience are not issues.
An important position requiring dragon boat experience, good upper body strength and special training, the sweep keeps the boat going the right direction. The team aims to have 2 paddlers trained as sweeps.
The caller is in charge of the boat in races – calling out stroke timing, what paddle stroke to be used, and urging the team on throughout the race. Strong timing is required, an ability to read the distance on the water… and a loud voice. Timid people need not apply.