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 Welland International Flatwater Centre
The WIFC venue rivals top facilities in the world with infrastructure exceeding current international standards for hosting and for accessibility. Attracting the most attention though may be the Welland Flume: two independently controlled, moving water, variable speed, training tanks outfitted for rowing, canoe, kayak and dragon boat where athletes can train in the offseason and experience an on-water feel.
The WIFC impact is sizeable and it extends beyond the physical structures and the waterway; it is building a sense of pride within the community, it is building a larger flatwater community with clubs of all disciplines, it is building a family of volunteers, and it brings people together toward the achievement of a common goal. It creates a palpable positive spirit through the City of Welland as the hopes and dreams of future Canadian Olympians and World Champions become a reality as a direct result of Welland’s Waterway. The WIFC has, and will continue to have, an inspiring rippling effect.