OTTAWA – CanoeKayak Canada, in partnership with local divisional and club event organizers, will host a new sprint race series this summer with three stops in Montréal, Ottawa and Dartmouth.
The race series is aimed at providing high quality race opportunities to developing athletes and will include U17, 19 and Open age classes. The series will be attended by clubs, provincial teams and Canada’s U17 team. Teams from Central America, the United States and Great Britain are also expected to attend to add an international flavour to the series.
The race series will have a core roster of events, as well as added signature events unique to each stop. Medals and points will be awarded at every regatta with the overall winning team taking home the Canada Cup at the end of the series. Registration will take place individually for each event so athletes and teams can attend one, two or all three of the competitions. In addition to developing up and coming athletes, the Canada Cup series has the potential to widen the reach of high quality competition by moving around to other parts of Canada in future years.
1. Montréal, QC • June 21
Conveniently coordinated with National Team Trials 2 at the Olympic Basin, Canada Cup will kick off with a junior crew boat extravaganza on the Sunday of trials. Junior singles selection events will be finished at the end of Saturday, and in addition to the 2 junior C2 selection events, junior athletes will be able to tack on some additional race experience in two and four-person boats. For athletes on the fence for making the trek to Trials 2, here’s one more reason to attend. Whether you’re competing at Trials 2 to gain experience or watching Canada’s fastest athletes compete, this stop on the Canada Cup circuit will be even easier to make with a fleet of boat trailers heading to Montreal anyway.
Registration opens May 25 through Padtrac.
Entry Deadline: June 8 at 16:00.
2. Ottawa, ON • June 30 & July 1
Traditionally the Canada Day International Regatta, Rideau Canoe Club will once again host this iconic competition with a few patriotic frills right in the nation’s capital. Athletes will get to experience the new race course ahead of the 2015 Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships taking place August 25 – 29. The event will continue to feature thrilling war canoe races as part of the race card.
Registration – Preliminary entry due June 1. Forms can be found on the CKC and RCC websites. Nominal Entry Through Padtrac opens June 9 and the deadline is June 24 at 16:00.
3. Dartmouth, NS • July 4 & 5
The final leg of Canada Cup will be held east at beautiful Lake Banook – home of several major international competitions including the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. Located within close proximity to a high concentration of clubs, this stop is sure to draw out some fierce competition. This final regatta will feature the presentation of the Canada Cup to the team that accumulates the most points in Canada Cups I, 11 and III. Don’t miss the grand finale!
Preliminary Entry due June 8. Forms can be found at: Link to CKC Calendar, ADCKC
All interested teams should email Jeff Houser at email@example.com to gain access to the registration system.
Nominal Entries Due: June 26, 16:00.
CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.
Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada