OTTAWA, ON (April 3, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to announce Regina, Saskatchewan as host city of the 2019 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships and Canadian Masters Championships taking place on Lake Wascana, August 27 to September 1.
“This marquee event brings the community together each summer for all of our Canadian sprint athletes,” said, Casey Wade CEO at Canoe Kayak Canada. “It is a showcase of the best of our sport; the emotion, the club pride and the amazing performances on the water.We’re looking forward to bringing that excitement to Lake Wascana and Regina again in 2019.”
Paddlers from over 40 canoe clubs across the country will be setting their sights on Lake Wascana in 2019. The Championships – most recently hosted in Welland, ON and set to be hosted in Sherbrooke, QC at the end of the summer of 2018 – regularly draws over a thousand athletes of all ages. Participants will include National and Olympic and Paralympic Team athletes and upcoming paddlers competing in age group categories. The Championships were last hosted in Regina in 2014 at the world class venue on Lake Wascana which also hosted the 2005 Canada Games Canoe Kayak Competition.
“We are delighted to be hosting these major championships again in the city of Regina,” said Aaron Patterson, Commodore of Wascana Racing Canoe Club and Interim Chair of the Host Organizing Committee. “Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Championships is a great event for all sprint athletes and families and we are looking forward to organizing such an amazing national event here on our site.”
Athletes will compete for club pride, national champion titles and historic trophies in sprint canoe and kayak events across several distances. Included in the program will be Paracanoe events with athletes with physical disabilities competiting in kayak and outrigger canoe competition, as well as the Paddle All races between competitors with intellectual disabilities.
Over the 5 days of competition, a highlight with athletes and spectators will certainly be the War canoe races, an astonishing demonstration of fitness and teamwork as nine boats of fifteen paddlers go all out in a head-to-head race that often comes right down to the finish line. Burgees are presented to the overall top-ranking clubs in a tradition that began at the first Championship in 1900.
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.
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Commodore, Wascana Racing Canoe Club