NEWS

Vandals damage B.C. river kayak course

02/20/2013 11:10 EST | Updated 04/22/2013 05:12 EDT
Kayakers on the Chilliwack River say a world-renowned rapids course has been hit by vandals.

A dozen gates hanging above Tamihi Rapids have been cut down in the past two weeks.

“You come up, get a training session in and just to see all the gates hanging in the water and to see that they've been willfully cut down — it was just devastating,” said Brenda Denhollander, the mother of national white-water paddling champion Jazmyne Denhollander.

The area has been used as an Olympic training course for almost 40 years and is also a popular area for anglers.

Now the club needs a big volunteer effort to re-hang many of the gates and replace some at a cost of about $100 dollars each.

Sam Fletcher, who has paddled with the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence for the past four years, will be helping with the cleanup.

“It’s just a lot of time that could be used paddling that we're going to use fixing gates now.”

Police are investigating the vandalism and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

MORE:cbcNews