02/20/2013 11:10 EST | Updated 04/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Vandals damage B.C. river kayak course

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.