A large contingent of Chilliwack-based paddlers are among the 38 athletes named to Canoe Kayak B.C.’s provincial team.
Austin Atkins, Finley Capstick, Jakob Kryworuchko, Isabel Taylor and Finn Wakeling all train at the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence.
Atkins, Capstick and Kryworuchko are Level 1A athletes and are already members of Canada’s national slalom team.
Taylor and Wakeling are Level 2 athletes.
A sixth Chilliwackian selected for the team, Avery Wilkins, is a Level 2 competitor who trains with the Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Society.
The locals were selected for Team B.C. based on results from the past season including national team selection, B.C. performance standard or nomination by the Coach’s Technical Committee.
“The selection of the 2018-19 Provincial Team caps a very successful competitive season for our paddlers,” said Blake Dalton, CKBC’s provincial coach. “Our sprint and slalom athletes had unprecedented success at their national championships and that is reflected on this provincial team.”
The CKBC performance program recognizes and supports athletes who have a potential to make junior, U-23 and senior development and national teams.
The team members and their coaches receive sport science resources, participation in training camps and support for various regattas, trials and championships.
“I’m excited to see the provincial team numbers increasing and the athletes commitment to improve,” Dalton added. “This is due in large part to our club coaches, CSI-P/PacificSport, volunteers and staff.”