About Pru Menzies
Pru was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 at the age of 40.
She joined the 1st breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in Victoria in their founding season 2001-2 and has been paddling ever since! She became the 2nd Team Co-ordinator, accepting the challenge from team founder, Pamela Williams.
The team was incorporated, developed a Charter and then evolved into DA Melbourne. Shortly afterwards, she also became the DAA State rep for Victoria for several years, supporting the growth & development of regional teams, Geelong, Peninsula, Ballarat and the Bravehearts. She remained on the DAM Committee, subsequently passing on the Co-ordinator & State rep role to others, and was honoured to be awarded Life membership in 2009. In July 2016, she accepted the role of Secretary, which also included co-ordinating the local hosting responsibilities for the 2017 DA Convention.
Over the years Pru has enjoyed paddling in DA teams/regattas/events in every State & Territory of Australia, including some Masters Games, and every International Breast Cancer survivor paddling regatta. In 2012 she enjoyed the honour of flag bearer for DA at the AUS DBF National Championships in Melbourne.
“I think dragon boating is a beneficial, fun and healing activity for breast cancer survivors to participate in, and aim to ensure that any potential breast cancer survivors are welcome to participate, no matter their age, weight, shape, size, or level of fitness.”
Pru felt empowered by participating in the Warrior Women creative expression project for breast cancer survivors during 2000 and was surprised to become the “poster” pic for subsequent touring exhibitions. She has also trained as a Consumer Rep for BCNA.