Surrey dragon boaters paddle for gold medals in Nanaimo

Surrey dragon boaters paddle for gold medals in Nanaimo

SURREY — A dragon boat team loaded with Surrey women earned two gold medals at the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival last weekend.

The "Abreast Deas Divas" is one of the five competitive teams of Abreast in a Boat (abreastinaboat.com).

"Among the ladies, there are many from Surrey, and they are an inspiration to all ladies that are just diagnosed (with cancer) or in treatment," team member Adriana Bartoli told the Now.

"Our mission is to raise breast cancer awareness. We are a living symbol of hope, demonstrating that there is a full and active life after treatment. Through dragon boat paddling, we can challenge our physical endurance, have fun and encourage the pursuit of a cure."