Chilliwack Minor Football lineman lands spot on Team BC

Chris Derksen impressed enough at a Team BC U-16 tryout camp to be named to the final 40-man roster for the Red River Cup.

Chilliwack Minor Football product Chris Derksen heads to Manitoba in July to participate in a national football championship.

Derksen has secured a roster spot on U-16 Team BC and will play in the 2013 Red River Cup.

The second-year bantam offensive lineman joined 100 players at a tryout camp over the May long weekend. Football BC released the final roster Monday, naming 40 players who made the grade.

“This is an incredible opportunity and experience for Chris,” said coach Suresh Parray, who will join Derksen in Manitoba, serving as Team BC’s quarterback coach. “We know Chris will represent our province and CMFA with pride and class in Winnipeg.”

CMFA bantam Giants head coach Mike Derksen will also make the trip, working with Team BC as the running backs coach.

The Red River Cup runs July 6 to 14 in Winnipeg.

Games will be played at the brand-new Investors Group Field, the soon-to-be home of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the CIS University of Manitoba Bison.