It's where things get exciting. Many paddlers will become recreational whitewater members. Our club encourages all members to use slalom sessions to build skills that will make river running more enjoyable. Those interested in racing can always join the NW Cup Race Series. The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence regularly produces nationally and internationally competitive kayakers.
Recreational whitewater programs include:
- Introductory Lessons
- Intermediate Lessons
- Casual River Nights
Most of these programs are run between June and October.
Competitive member - Jazmyne Denhollander
Jazmyne Denhollander made the U-23 National team at team trails August 2013 in Kananaskis Alberta.
Jaz, who lives in Chilliwack, trains mainly at Tamihi Rapids on the Chilliwack River.
She is a three-time Canadian Senior National champion (2009, 2011 and 2012). a four-time Canadian Junior National champion (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and Under 23 National Champion in 2013.
Canadian National Team Trials:
- 2013: 3rd – Minden, Ontario
- 2012:4th – Charlotte, North Carolina
- 2011:4th – Valleyfield, Quebec
- 2010:3rd- Rutherford, British Columbia
- 2012: 1st
- 2011: 1st
- 2010: 1st
- 2009: 2nd- Ottawa, Ontario
- World Cup #2 2011- L’Argentierre La Besse, France: 37th
- World Cup #3 2011- Markleeberg, Germany: 42nd
- Youth Olympic Games 2010- Singapore: 5th (Slalom)
Junior World Championships:
- 2010: In Foix, France: 15th
- 2012: In Wausau, WI, USA: 8th
Competitive Member - Sam Fletcher
Sam Fletcher is an up and coming white water paddler.
- 2012: National Team Member C1 and C2 Jr
- 2012: 1st National Team Trials in C2
- 2012: 3rd National Team Trials in C1
- 2011: 2nd Northwest Cup Race Series K1 Jr
Coach - Jon Allen
Jon began kayaking in the old Cheam Centre Pool during a cold winter when his parents needed something to keep him, his brother Craig, and cousin Derek entertained. That summer Dan Norman, a CCE founder, took the young group to Nationals in August. Dan worked with the boys all summer, coaching them as they paddled countless kilometers at Cultus Lake, ran the Chilliwack River, and slalomed endless gates at the Hope Slough. By the end of that summer in 2000, the group was ready for the National Championships in Ottawa. The families packed up and drove across the country to take these paddlers to their first of many Nationals.
Jon went on to race for Canada at the Junior World Championships three times, and also race many international races on the National Development Team. Craig and Derek paddled alongside Jon, all of them racing for the National Team, earning government funding, and trying out for the Olympic team. Along the way more friends and coaches joined the group and they found a community of like-minded paddlers who share a passion for paddling for performance.
Jon has been coaching for CCE since 2009. He runs the High Performance Program for those paddlers looking to race at Team Trials each year, the Athlete Development Program, group introductory programs, and beginner lake/river lessons. 2012 was the first year that an athlete Jon taught from the beginning made it to the National Team. Sam Fletcher made the National Team in C1 and C2--both categories that Jon never really trained in. This summer Jon and the CCE are gearing up to race at the National Championships in Kananaskis Alberta.