Cutline: The Chilliwack Optimist Eagles Youth Dragon Boat Team finished their first season on a positive note at the Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday.

Kids finish first year of paddling

Harrison based youth dragon boat team finishes off season strong

The newly-formed Chilliwack Optimist Eagles Youth Dragon Boat Team finished their 2013 year with their first ever regatta appearance.

The young club competed in the Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday, and came in fourth of all the youth teams participating. The Eagles even beat some of the adult teams throughout the day’s races.

Coach Manfred Preuss says the team is recruiting for the next year already, and there will be a brief learn-to-paddle program starting in the middle of September. The team is open to paddlers aged 12 to 18, and the team is funded by the Chilliwack Optimists.

For more information, visit their Facebook page: Optimist Eagles Youth Dragonboat Team.