|Dragonboat Charleston brings home gold medals
Charleston made headlines during the national competition in
Chattanooga, Tenn., July 23 - 25, bringing home 14 medals.
Charleston team members cheer on other members to a win in the
200-meter race at the recent U.S. National Dragonboat
Championships. Photo by
Caroline Elizabeth Mitchell
The group sent five teams to compete in the U.S. National Dragonboat
Championships: a Breast Cancer Survivor team, two Grandmasters' teams
(ages 50 and over) and two Premier teams (under 50). Dragonboat racing
involves up to 20 paddlers in a 48-foot wooden boat with a dragon head
on one end and a tail on the other.
The Charleston's Breast Cancer Survivor team won gold medals in the
200-, 500- and 1,000-meter races. One Grandmasters' team won a Gold and
the other a Bronze. The Premier Women's team and the Premier Mixed team
both won bronze medals. The other medals received were for individuals
and team spirit.
The Grandmasters' team that won a gold medal also won a berth at the
2012 World Club Crew Championships to be held in Hong Kong, China.
The Breast Cancer
Survivor winning team of the 1000-meter race. The group started in 2003
through the leadership of MUSC and Hollings Cancer Center. Photo by Dell Kendall
Team member Edie Hering, administrative assistant in the Office of the
President, said that it was an exciting and very emotional weekend. It
was an amazing accomplishment for the breast cancer team and the
organization overall, she said.
Dragonboat Charleston took five teams this year with more than 100
people, many of whom were MUSC cancer patients, MUSC cancer survivors
and MUSC employees who love to support the group.
“It's like a big family,” she said. “They just have a passion for life.”
Friday, Aug. 6, 2010