The Off Balance Dragon Boat Team!

Sunday mornings are the Off Balance Dragon Boat team’s time to get out on the water and exercise. Stroke by stroke, they paddle through False Creek, enjoying the company of each other and the beautiful views of the harbour.

The team is made up of individuals with MS, their caregivers, friends, and family. A core group have dedicated themselves to the team since it started in 2005, and there are many who paddle sporadically. It’s a very welcoming and positive group and they are always recruiting new paddlers. Marg, the team’s coach and former member of the False Creek Women’s team, says “even if you can only paddle part of the time or you feel you don’t have the strength to go the distance (still) come out and try it; if nothing else you get a different view of Vancouver.”

Everyone can participate, thanks to the team effort of helping each other get in and out of the boat, as well as adaptive seats designed by engineers at TETRA. Their seats help stabilize team members who can’t balance on the wooden bench without support.

If you would like to join, come to the docks behind the False Creek Community Centre on Granville Island. The team paddles from 10am to 12pm, April through October, with a special Halloween & reindeer paddle to celebrate the holidays. Coming up on August 23rd the team will be competing at the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival. For more information, please contact Sydney at smspraggs@gmail.com or watch this video of the team on the water!

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Exercising with MS

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Check out this exercise video playlist presented by former Olympic champion, Sally Gunnell. It was developed by the UK MS Society and includes a 10 minute warm up, 14 minute workout, and 8 minute cool down. It’s easy & fun to follow along to.

Exercises can:

  • improve the overall health of people with milder MS
  • help people with more severe MS to stay as mobile and active as possible
  • help some people manage MS symptoms and decrease the risk of heart disease
  • improve muscle strength and fitness, helping with mobility or weakness problems
  • help manage weight control, especially when combined with a healthy, well-balanced diet

So give it a go!