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 Association, to hold rowing regattas to provide racing experience for junior oarsmen. Each year regattas were held in Toronto, Hamilton and St Catharines. London was added within a couple of years. The early regattas had between sixteen to twenty races for 135, 145, 155 and heavy weight men crews. In the 1970’s women rowing started and events were added to the regatta. In the beginning CORA had four member clubs, today there are over twenty rowing club from four of the six regions of Ontario. At our 2013 championship regatta held in Welland there were close to one hundred races for U17, U19, U23 & Senior man and woman South Niagara Rowing Club crews. This is a far cry from the sixteen to twenty races back in 1953. This year at the June 28th regatta being held on the Welland International Flat-water North Regatta Course we expect fifteen to twenty rowing clubs competing in seventy-five to eighty races. For the CORA Championship Regatta on the Welland International Flatwater South Regatta Course we expect a minimum of twenty rowing clubs competing in ninety to one hundred races.

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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to Present Gold Medals at the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

Aug 21st, 2015

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, will be in attendance in the afternoon of Saturday, August 22 , at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course for the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Her Honour will present gold medals to members of the winning team.

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  • “Dragon Boat Canada is looking forward to our continued working partnership with the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation and we only expect the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships to flourish in years to come.The Welland International Flatwater Centre is a great asset to the dragon boat community and Dragon Boat Canada is excited to call the Welland International Flatwater Centre home for upcoming Championships”
    Chloe Greenhalgh, Executive Director of Dragon Boat Canada.

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