Shawinigan to host 2016 Sprint Canada Cup

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Second year for Canada Cup, aimed at hosting high-level competition in Canada

OTTAWA, March 24, 2016 – The Shawinigan Canoe Club will host the 2016 Sprint Canada Cup this July 9 and 10. The event is expected to draw approximately 300 competing athletes from club, provincial, national, and international teams.

“Creating meaningful high-level domestic competitions in Canada is exactly what we need to develop athletes in the train-to-compete stage of our Long Term Athlete Development model,” said Peter Niedre, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Coach and Athlete Development. “The Canada Cups are filling a gap in our podium pathway, and exposing our athletes to international competition on home turf at the same time.”

Last year was the inaugural year for the event. The Canada Cup was successfully launched with international participation from Great Britain, Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the United States. Provincial teams from Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec took part along with representation from clubs and Canada’s U17, Junior and U23 teams.

The 2016 edition of the Canada Cup will showcase a beautiful racecourse on the Saint-Maurice River. The course meets national standards and has played host to the Quebec Provincial U15 championships, the Quebec Provincial Long Distance Championships, and numerous dragon boat races. The event will have a beneficial impact on the local community and will be open to spectators.

In addition to the Canada Cup in Shawinigan, Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to promote two additional high-level competitions which some teams will tack on to their travels.

These regattas are endorsed by Canoe Kayak Canada and meet the competition objectives for the train-to-compete athletes as outlined in its Competition Review.

Canoe Kayak 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, Canoe Kayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.


For more information, contact:

Ian Miller
Communications and Marketing Officer, Canoe Kayak Canada