Dragon Boat racing has become a familiar sight on the Burlington Waterfront in the past several years. The massive boats have 20 paddlers, guided by the cadence of drummer and a coach.
The sport is a refuge and a therapy for many breast cancer survivors, who have found physical and mental rejuvenation in rowing. Now a team from Dragonheart Vermont is making news at the World Cup Crew Dragon Boat Championships in China by taking a gold medal in the 200 meter race.
Linda Dyer is the executive director of Dragonheart Vermont and one of the team’s coaches. She spoke with Vermont Edition about the team.