Welland Welcomes the World

Posted Aug 14th, 2015 in Events

WELLAND, ON – Welland will be host to the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, August 19 – 23, at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course.

The best dragon boat crews from around the globe will leave it all on the water next week in Welland. This is the first time the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships are to be hosted in Canada and will be drawing from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Macau, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. Each day, this event will attract nearly 5,000 individuals to Niagara.

“Dragon Boat Canada is thrilled to partner with the Welland International Flatwater Centre to host these World Championships,” stated Chloe Greenhalgh, Executive Director of Dragon Boat Canada. “With a world-class venue and an amazing team of volunteers, staff, and officials, I would like to thank each and every individual who contributed to hosting these championships. Dragon Boat Canada would like to wish all competitors good luck and fast racing.”

Come celebrate these amazing events with us; marvel at the fierce competition, absorb the tradition, and help us welcome these world-class athletes to their starting gates… Beat to the drum of Niagara!

"Seeing the flatwater centre again filled with activity and driving visitors to the city and region is important,” stated Stephen Fischer, Executive Director of the Welland International Flatwater Centre and the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation.” Utilizing the legacy of this venue and waterway to build future legacies and partnerships is what's important long term. It is an honour to play a small part in hosting and to work beside so many talented staff and hardworking volunteers to deliver the World Championships."

Crews will be surging down the race course, plunging their paddles deep into the Welland Recreational Waterway, trying to gain those inches to finish ahead of their fierce competition… cheer on Canadian crews in the most exhilarating races of their lives…come be a part of the wonder…..

Shoreline Market & Expo

The FREE Shoreline Market & Expo will take place on the banks of the Welland Recreational Waterway during Dragon Boat Niagara 2015, August 14 – 23, 2015. The shoreline of the waterway will be buzzing with activity and feature a wide range of businesses: food vendors, beer and wine garden, merchandisers, a Kids Zone and much more. Visitors from around the world will be highly entertained by the many attractions in this unique setting, while watching the best dragon boaters in the World competing for glory.


By purchasing a Grandstand General Admission Ticket, pass holders are able to enjoy grandstand access, located at the finish line of the race course. To have access to the grandstands during competition days, spectators are required to purchase a Grandstand General Admission Ticket. Individuals have the option to purchase a Day Pass or an Event Pass. Children 9 years of age and younger are free of charge and do not require a Grandstand General Admission Ticket.

Tickets are available online at www.wdbrc2015.ca or at the Box Office during the event. • Day Pass: $10.00 • All Events Pass: $25.00

For more information regarding the Welland International Flatwater Centre, please visit: www.wifc.ca For more information regarding the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, please visit: www.wdbrc2015.ca


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  • 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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