OTTAWA, ONTARIO (February 7, 2018) – The Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa and a joint host committee from Wascana Canoe Club in Regina and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan have been officially selected to host the 2018 editions of the Sprint Canoe Kayak Canada Cup. For the first time this year, the East and West Canada Cup will be integrated into long standing Canada Regattas in both Ottawa and Regina the weekend of Canada Day, from June 30th to July 1st.
“We are delighted to be going back to Ottawa for this year’s Canada Cup and we are very excited to be adding Regina as a venue to create the East and West Canada Cup in 2018,” said Ian Mortimer, Director of Development at Canoe Kayak Canada.
“The Canada Cup allows different age group and athletes at different competition levels to compete against some of the best paddlers in the country. It’s a great opportunity for developing young athletes in Canada,” he added.
The competition will feature Canadian, Provincial and Territorial Teams competing against each other, along with Canadian Club Teams and also teams coming from the United States, Mexico and other countries.
West Canada Cup
For the first time, Saskatchewan will be hosting this national regatta from June 30th to July 1st. It will allow more athletes from the west of the country to attend this great event which will be an important part of their preparation for the end of the season.
“We are very exciting to be hosting the Canada Cup for the first time and Lake Wascana is the perfect venue for such an event,” said Dave Robertson, Executive Director at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. “Athletes will benefit from this regatta as it is a great experience for them to get ready for the National Championships and other major national events during the summer.”
East Canada Cup
The Canada Cup will be coming back at the Rideau Canoe Club again this year. During the same weekend, from June 30th to July 1st, athletes will be racing on the Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.
“It is always a pleasure for us to host such a great national regatta at the Rideau Canoe Club,” said Hector Carranco, Exectuive Director at the Rideau Canoe Club. “This is an exciting opportunity for club athletes to compete along with athletes from provincial and national teams as well as from other countries!” he mentioned.
About Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan is the Provincial Sport Governing Body for canoe and kayak in Saskatchewan. Our goal is to encourage participation and develop excellence in the sport of canoe and kayak and to enable participants to realize personal excellence. Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan oversees the activities related to Sprint Racing (Flatwater), Marathon, Whitewater and Recreation (Paddle Canada) paddling. Our members consist of competitive athletes, novice and developing athletes, recreation paddlers and enthusiasts, coaches, officials and supporters.
About the Rideau Canoe Club
The Rideau Canoe Club is a non-profit organization located in the City of Ottawa since 1902. The Rideau Canoe Club’s goal is to promote paddling as a sport and a recreational activity in the city of Ottawa.
About Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
For more information :
West Canada Cup:
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan – Executive Director
East Canada Cup :
Rideau Canoe Club – Executive Director