Paradise, C.B.S. getting dragon boat centre

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Paradise and Conception Bay South will get a community dragon boat centre thanks to the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast and its partners.
A news release announced that the Rotary Club has been looking to fund a major project to benefit both Paradise and C.B.S. and, in partnership with the Town of Paradise and the Avalon Dragons, a dragon boat centre was chosen.

Art Squarey, president of the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast, and Julie Bettney, founder and board member of the Avalon Dragons, look at information display boards about the boating club following a news conference at the  Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre on Tuesday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

The Avalon Dragons are a dragon boat team made up of more than 60 breast cancer survivors. They strive to inspire and educate cancer survivors, as well as members of the public, on the benefits of health and fitness.

“Dragon boating is a wonderful introduction to lifelong fitness, and a community dragon boat centre will give cancer survivors, youth and adults a way to participate,” Rotary president Art Squarey said in the news release.

The centre will be located on Octagon Pond and cost approximately $3 million. Rotary has pledged $100,000 over the next three years.

“The dragon boat centre has been a dream for us since the team started in 2006,” said Julie Bettney, Avalon Dragon team founder.

The centre will be part of Paradise’s recreation complex. It will operate as a home base for the Avalon Dragons, as well as other community teams, and the annual Sun Splash Paddle in Paradise Dragon Boat Festival.

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