2014 North American University Dragon Boat Championships

 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.  

The 2014 North American University Dragon Boat Championships (NORAMU) will bring the top University Teams from across North America to the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) North Course. This inaugural event, taking place October 4, will feature a variety of race divisions ranging from elite to recreational for male, female, and mixed crews. With an expected 400 participants, this competitive dragon boat event will feature the following race distances:   500m and 2000m.

These Championships will give revellers a hint of the excitement to come as the sport of Dragon Boat delivers the World again to the shores of the Welland International Flatwater Centre as athletes from around the globe come to compete in the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in August 2015.

Come celebrate this amazing event with us; marvel at the fierce competition, absorb the tradition, and help us welcome the athletes to the waterway.

Schedule of Events:

October 4     Competition Day and Award Presentations 

Event Presented With Support From:

The Tourism Partnership of Niagara

Best Western Plus Rose City Suites






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.


  • 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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