2014 Events

  • 2014 Events

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  • Dive For a Cure - October 5

    Niagara Divers’ Association (NDA) welcomes its fifth annual Dive for a Cure, donating over $34, 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society to-date. President of the Niagara Divers’ Association, Natasa Djermanovic, first began this fundraiser when her son Aleksander Djermanovic, was diagnosed with all acute lymphoblastic leukemia, undergoing twenty five months of chemo therapy. Growing each year, the event involves approximately 75 divers an...
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  • Head of the Welland - Five Bridge Classic - September 27

    The Head of the Welland has been taking place for 10 years and is truly becoming a must attend event. Head races are time trial / processional races that typically take place in the autumn or early spring (depending on local conditions). Boats begin with a rolling start at intervals of 10 – 20 seconds and are timed over a set distance in the case of the Head of the Welland - 5.2km. The oldest, and arguably most famous, head race is th...
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  • Niagara Standup Paddle Sprint - August 23 & 24

    Paddle Niagara is pleased to launch its inaugural 1,000 metre sprint as a part of the 2014 Niagara Summer Games. The event will be open to competitive and recreational participants on the WIFC course. 50-100 athletes are expected in the first year and Paddle Niagara hopes to contribute to the positive growth of the sport by developing competition within the region.Many great prizes will be available to be won by participants and part ...
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  • North American University Championships - October 4 & 5

    The 2014 North American University Dragon Boat Championships (NORAMU) involved the top University Teams from across North America, taking place October 4-5. The NORAMU Championships is a growing event which caters to the vast University athlete market across North America. NORAMU also enjoys the prestige of being designated as a development event for the 2015 IDBF World Dragon BoatChampionships being held at the WIFC. This event will attr...
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  • RCA Spring Trials (East) - May 3 & 4

    May 3 & 4 Typically the first official regatta held at the Welland International Flatwater Centre South Course, Spring Trials (East) consist of the best rowers in the country vying for spots on Canadian National Teams, which would provide the athletes with the opportunity to compete at the various international regattas taking place over the summer. The event draws the best rowers from Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia competing...
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  • Banana Belt Rowing Tour - May 4

    Marking the first tour of their season, the Banana Belt held on Welland’s Waterway consists of a leisurely row - approximately 15 km - followed by a social at a local dining establishment and attracts more than 30 individuals every year.  Since 1971, rowers of all nationalities, ages and abilities have toured lakes, rivers, canals and seas around the world. Participants must be a competent rowers and be able to row with both sw...
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  • Row To Podium - Various Dates

    Row to Podium is Canada’s official talent identification and development program for rowing. Our goal is to mold new athletes into future Olympic and Paralympic Champions. Row to Podium was designed specifically to find tall, young and fit athletes with no experience in rowing. As part of this program, the WIFC has been selected to host our monthly training camps where targeted athletes are gathered from across Ontario, as wel...
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  • South Niagara Rowing Club High School Invitational - May 17 & 18

    This amazing regatta is celebrating 28 years of competition and takes places on the South Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre; it is one of the largest high school regattas in Ontario with approximately 60 clubs competing annually and 1200 athletes.  Hosted by the South Niagara Rowing, athletes compete in full 2,000m races while being cheered on by upwards of 800 spectators.  In 2014, there are over 5...
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  • Aktivlife Swim Series - Various Dates

    The Aktiv Open Water Swim Series is part of events produced by Aktiv Life Inc. and offers open water swim race distances of 500m for beginners, 750m for sprint-distance athletes, 1500m for Olympic distance athletes, and 1.9km and 3.8km for Ironman distance athletes.  All events are mass start and we use our own Champion Chip timing system to offer accurate event timing.  Aktiv Life creates a family-friendly atmosphere w...
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  • Welland Dragon Boat Festival - June 7

    The Welland Heritage Council & Multicultural Centre and the Rotary Club of Welland, both non-profit organizations. celebrates community with its 12th annual Dragon Boat Festival on the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course. Corporate and community teams made up of 20 paddlers, one drummer and a steersperson race in a friendly competition of 500 metre. Open to competitive and non-competitive participants, it also...
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  • Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta - June 14

    Brock University hosts this annual regatta for masters athletes for the sixth time this year. In the past, there were few opportunities for masters to race in the early summer. The introduction of this regatta is helping solve this dilemma and hopefully motivate masters to start training earlier in the season. The regatta is named for Tony Biernacki Sr. who was the head coach at Brock University from 1965 to 1980. Tony began women’s rowing...
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  • OCSRA Trials- June 14 & 15

    Ontario Canoe Kayak Sprint Racing Affiliation (OCSRA) formed in 1985, is one of three (3) affiliate organizations associated with Canoe Kayak Ontario www.canoeontario. org. OCSRA represents the sport of Olympic Spring Canoe Kayak racing in Ontario. OCSRA will be hosting its Ontario Team Trials (OTT) on June 14/15. OTT’s is the selection trials to qualify athletes unto the Ontario Carded and Development Team. The event has bee...
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  • Rose City Triathalon - June 14 & 15

    The Welland Triathlon & Duathlon offers up one of the fastest course on the circuit, and if you’re planning on racing here there’s a good chance you’re going to come away with a personal best time, whether racing the Give-It-A-Tri, triathlon, or half distance. Visit Welland Triathlon Website Check out more 2014 Events
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  • Central Ontario Rowing Association (CORA) - June 28 & July 12

    Up to the early 1950’s the only regattas available in the Central area of Ontario were the CSSRA High School Championships in St Catharines, Dominion Day Regatta in Toronto, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St Catharines, the CNE regatta in Toronto and the Labour Day regatta in Buffalo. In 1953 the Argonaut Rowing Club, Don Rowing Club, Leander Boat Club and the St Catharines Rowing Club formed the Central Ontario Rowing Associati...
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  • National Dragon Boat - July 4 - 6

    A showcase of unity.  Paddler and water.  Drummer and paddlers.  22 athletes in all, working in perfected precision as they charge down Welland’s Waterway as one! Plunging blades to the intense beating of the dragon boat drum, surging the boat forward toward the finish line.  There is an immeasurable passion encapsulated in each boat, a palpable dedication and spirit, each crew with a national title within the...
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  • ROWONTARIO Masters Championships - July 13

    Event Origin – In the early 2000’s the size of the ROWONTARIO Championships, which originally included Masters events, outgrew its 2 –day capacity, and ROWONTARIO decided to implement a new regatta specifically dedicated to Masters rowers from across Ontario and the US. Event History, number of years in operation 2014 will be the 12th Annual Masters Championships Regatta Number of athletes approximately 400 from across On...
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  • Balmy Beach - July 19

    The Balmy Beach Club, a non-profit organization, has served Toronto, the Beach community and its amateur athlete members since it was incorporated in 1903 so its members could pursue such sports as “lawn bowling, tennis quoits, rowing, sailing, swimming, shooting, golf, baseball, football and cricket”. Initially, The Balmy Beach Club was made up of two main sections - The Balmy Beach Canoe Club and The Balmy Beach Lawn Bowling Club. ...
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  • Welland Ontario Division Trials / Championships - July 26 - 27

    CanoeKayak Canada, formerly Canadian Canoe Association, was founded in 1900. There are six divisions across Canada, one of which is Western Ontario Division with 15 Clubs. The canoe and kayak occupy an important place in Canadian history. An essential feature in the lives of Canada’s aboriginal people, they were adopted by European immigrants to carry goods and people through the wilderness. When their importance as a means of transportati...
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  • ROWONTARIO Championships - July 26 & 27

    Event Origin – Original 12 member clubs (now 64 member) worked together to develop a Provincial Championships regatta as a pre-cursor to the former Canadian Championships and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Event History, number of years in operation 2014 will be the 46th Annual Championships Regatta Number of athletes approximately 1000 from across Ontario and US Provincial Club Championships; The ROWONTARIO Champ...
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  • Provincial Open Water Swim

    Masters Swimming began in Canada in 1971 with fitness and competitive swimming programs for adults. Masters Swimming Canada (MSC) is the national governing body, working with partners, provincial organizations and more than 250 Masters clubs. Together, they deliver quality, organized activities to 10,000 registered members between the ages of 18 and 103, making masters swimmers one of Canada's largest adult fitness populations. M...
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German senior men’s canoe polo team dedicates gold medal to fallen teammate

Sep 6th, 2018

Germany nearly won it all on the water after losing so much off of it. Only a 3-2 loss to Great Britain in the men's under-21 final prevented Germany from sweeping all four divisions at the 2018 International Canoe Federation Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland.


  • The 2013 Junior and U23 champs was the most wonderful experience for us in South Africa. Although our kayak community is relatively small, we are an intense group of loyal supporters. Following the build-up on your website as well as your Facebook and the photos on WIFC Facebook page was the highlight of my day. Not only mine but many of us shared links from early morning. Thanks for the effort and a huge congratulations on your achievement. The live streaming gave many of us goose bumps and the occasional lump in the throat. I checked many comments by parents all over the globe, don`t worry, we are all the same, from Japan, Canada, Africa. Thanks for sharing the wonderful experience. Today I could watch my son`s semi-final on Youtube, tonight we will watch it again and every day I will check Youtube for new uploads.
    Chris Van Den Bergh

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