ABOL paddlers Jillian Broadbent and Meri Gibson joined with Australian crew DAM Busters to compete at the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC) regatta in Peterborough (Ontario, Canada) in June 2010.
On Friday, 11-June the Festival Parade of about 70 teams marched from City Hall through the downtown on George Street to Del Crary Park, a distance of 1.5 km.
Downtown businesses supported the parade - “pinking up” the streets and storefronts.
The parade was followed by the "Mayor's BBQ" and Opening Ceremony.
Races ran from 8 to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Meri Gibson commented "at least we only had cold weather at our (NZDBA) Nationals. We have rain and threats of thunder and lightning in Peterborough".
As Hayley Johnston-Coutts reports "their first race was a bit scratchy and we did a 2.42. The second race we got a shocking start but the girls pulled it back, won the race and knocked 7 seconds off their time.
Absolutely awesome effort. GO DAM BUSTERS!"
Then the DAM Busters won their second heat in 2 minutes and 35 seconds.
Saturday night included a Gala cocktail dinner evening, featuring guest speakers including Dr. Don McKenzie, a hero in the breast cancer survivor world. See photos of Day 2 of the IBCPC...
And this just in - Dam Busters finished and extremely creditable THIRTEENTH place (that's 13th) in the whole wide world! And second place in the Southern Hemisphere. Well done Meri and Jillian...