Optimist Club gives boost to young paddlers

Dragonboat team for teens starting in Harrison Hot Springs

The Harrison Paddle Club has received a major boost for their new junior dragonboat team, through partnering with the Chilliwack Optimist Club.

That group is supplying the paddles, t-shirts and life jackets for the team, which is open for paddlers aged 14 to 18.

Practices start this Sunday morning and take place at Harrison Lake, where several adult teams also hold their practices. As part of the paddling season, the junior team will be entering the ALCAN Festival and the Harrison Dragonboat Festival.

They’ll also be receiving mentorship from members of the Harrison Paddle Club.

Now that everything is sorted out, they just need the kids to show up, says coach Manfred Preuss. There is no previous experience needed and the focus is on health, fun and fitness.

For more information, phone Kathy at 604-819-1676.