Another Busy Waterway Weekend

Posted Jul 26th, 2014

Yet another flatwater filled weekend at the Welland International Flatwater Centre as the Western Ontario Division Trials / Championships are being hosted at the North Course and the ROWONTARIO Championships at the South Course on July 26 -27.

Western Ontario Division annually holds its divisional championships, which is also a qualifier for the CanoeKayak Canada national championships and Ontario CanoeKayak championships. Since 1979 the Trials / Championships have been held on the Old Welland Canal and now at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. Approximately 500 athletes from participating clubs will race down the North Course this coming Saturday in hopes of capturing the title of divisional champion and qualify for the provincial and national championships.

Marking its 46th annual Championship regatta, the ROWONTARIO Championships will attract approximately 1000 athletes from across Ontario and the United States of America to the Welland International Flatwater Centre South Course. The ROWONTARIO Championships is considered by many to be the final ‘warm-up’ for crews competing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta that occurs the first week of August in St. Catharines. ROWONTARIO and the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation are proudly working in partnership to host this event and would like to thank the many helping hands that contribute to the success of the event.

The two championship events will cumulatively attract approximately 1500 athletes to compete on Welland Water this weekend; whether you enjoy watching rowing or CanoeKayak, make your way to the waterway to catch some flatwater action and cheer on athletes as they cross the finish line.

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