Let’s get ready to paddle!
The Spirit of Fraser Valley Junior Paddling Program is recruiting students interested in exploring the exciting world of dragon boat racing. The junior program is an ongoing branch of the Fraser Valley Paddling Club (FVPC) and is open to all youth paddlers ages 13 to 18.
Riana Neel helps coach the Junior Paddling Program, and it has grown to about 24 paddlers.
“For me, it’s really about the students getting fresh air and getting into a team sport without having to spend a lot of money,” Neels said.
Neels said registration should ideally be done by March 15 but newcomers are welcome throughout the season, which runs from April 1 to July 1. The FVPC provides all necessary equipment; all students will need to bring is clothing appropriate for the weather, a water bottle and snacks.
Practices are held on Wednesdays at 4:3o p.m. starting April 1.
The cost is $40 with financial assistance available if needed. Transportation is provided – students come from all over from Chilliwack to Harrison – and will stop at most major schools to pick up students for practice and regattas.
For more information about the Junior Paddling Program and to learn about how to register, contact Riana Neels by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.