Chilliwack paddlers picked for Team B.C.

Chilliwack paddlers picked for Team B.C.

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence athletes are among the best of the best identified by Canoe/Kayak BC

Thirty-three of B.C.’s top sprint and slalom canoe and kayak paddlers have been selected to Canoe Kayak BC’s provincial team, including four members of Chilliwack’s Centre of Excellence.

Austin Atkins and Finley Capstick competed internationally this year at the Slalom World Cup. Avery Wilkins also makes the team along with a Vancouver native who trains at the CCE, Jakub Kryworuchko.

The CKBC performance program supports athletes who have a potential to make junior, U-23 and senior development and national teams. Athletes were identified based on their results from the past season including national team selection, B.C. performance standard or nomination by the Coach’s Technical Committee.

“I’m excited with the athletes who have been nominated to the 2017-18 team,” said Blake Dalton, CKBC’s provincial coach. “We have a number of great leaders and the entire group is hungry to be competitive at next year’s Nationals.

“The entire team has committed to train hard, be accountable and supportive of their teammates.”

Team members and coaches will receive sport-science resources, participation in training camps and support for various regattas, trials and championships.

For more info see canoekayakbc.ca.