First boatercross race of season hits Tamihi Rapids

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Innisfail Alberta's Darius Ramrattan leads the pack at a boatercross race hosted by the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence at the Tamihi Rapids recreation site Saturday.
— image credit: Cornelia Naylor

The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddling club hosted the first boatercross race of the kayaking season at the Tamihi Rapids recreation site Saturday.

Amid rain, rapids and rocks, competitors from the Fraser Valley, B.C. Interior and Alberta raced each other, crashing and bumping, to the finish line.

Innisfail, Alberta's Darius Ramrattan captured the Boater Cross Cup after three heats. Fellow Albertan Mike Holroyd took second, and Chilliwack's own Jon Allen claimed third.

Whitewater kayaking action continued Sunday as CCE hosted the Rich Weiss Memorial Slalom Race.

Chilliwack's Isabel Taylor and Finley Capstick won the cadet K1 events, while paddlers from Alberta and the U.S. snapped up the top awards in the junior, open, and masters categories.

CCE's next events are the rescheduled IceBreaker #3 on April 6 (at the gates just off Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford) and then a fun Mother’s Day flatwater race on May 10 at Hope Slough.  The CCE's final kayak polo session in the Cheam Centre pool is March 30.

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