Chilliwack’s Finley Capstick navigates the Pumphouse course at last weekend’s Canadian National Whitewater Championships in Ottawa. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Whitewater wins for Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddlers

A group of CCE athletes traveled to Ottawa for Canadian National Whitewater Championships

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence athletes paddled to the podium at the Canadian National Whitewater Championships, which were held Aug. 4.

CCE members Maddison Atkins (Chilliwack), Austin Atkins (Chilliwack), Finley Capstick (Chilliwack), Finn Wakeling (Port Moody), Alsek Watt (Richmond) and Jakob Kryworuchko (Vancouver) tested themselves against the Pumphouse Whitewater Course near the Ottawa River.

The main event was the K1 (single person kayak) race.

Wakeling competed in the cadet men’s division where he finished sixth with a best time of 277.14 seconds.

Austin Atkins, Capstick, Kryworuchko and Watt competed in the junior race. Atkins led the locals, finishing sixth with a best time of 97.34s.

Capstick was seventh at 100.36s.

Kryworuchko was 10th, completing just one of the two runs with a time of 108.60s, and Watt checked in at 17th with a time of 114.98.

The paddlers all competed in a series of smaller events where they were able to combine for 15 medals.

Kryworuchko alone accounted for five gold.

Wakeling earned two gold and two silver while Austin Atkins grabbed two gold and one silver. Watt won a silver and a bronze and Maddison Atkins bagged a bronze.

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