OTTAWA, ONTARIO / REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN (July 9, 2019) – Canadian and International sprint paddlers gathered the past two weekends to celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday at the 2019 Canada Cup East and West Regattas. The Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa hosted the Canada Cup East from June 29-30th, while the Wascana Racing Canoe Club in Regina held the Canada Cup West from July 6-7th.
This was the 5th annual Canada Cup Series and welcomed a total of nearly 400 athletes including Canadian and International participants. In Ottawa, athletes from Argentina, Madagascar and the United States were in attendance. Regina hosted American athletes from Minnesota, Oklahoma and Seattle.
The team championship trophy at the Canada Cup East regatta was won for the third year in a row by Team Ontario, followed by the Rideau Canoe Club and the Pointe Claire Canoe Kayak Club. As for Canada Cup West, the host Wascana Racing Canoe Club secured the trophy in a tough battle with last year’s champion, the Calgary Canoe Club. The Toba Canoe Club came in 3rd place.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson attended the East Canada Cup at Mooney’s Bay on Sunday June 30th, where he presented medals with Team Canada sprint kayaker Lissa Bissonnette.
“The Sprint Canada Cups were amazing events again this year,” said Ian Mortimer, CKC Director of Development. “It was great to watch our strong young athletes from across the country competing in Ottawa and Regina. We will continue to support these events and look to expand our participation in 2020.”
Canadian Sprint athletes will now turn to their Divisional competition schedule as they gear up for qualifying for Nationals in Regina at the end of August.
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