OTTAWA, ONTARIO (July 4, 2018) – Close to 400 sprint paddlers from all across the country came together to celebrate Canada Day at the 2018 East and West Canada Cup happening Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. The Canada Cup West took place on Lake Wascana in Regina, while the Canada Cup East was held on Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.
“It was really great to see so many sprint paddlers from all over Canada and the United states, competing at these two Canada Cups,” said Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Development, Ian Mortimer, who attended both events over the weekend. “The Canada Cup event is an amazing racing opportunity for developing athletes as they get to compete against other provinces, clubs and countries. It is also a great way to celebrate the Canada Day weekend, it was pretty special to watch paddlers from the Yukon to Nova Scotia competing at these two events over a single weekend.”
The Canada Cups included single, crew boat and war canoe races and saw participants from 25 teams from across North America including American and Canadian Clubs, as well as Canadian Provincial Teams.
Due to the extreme heat of Ottawa, many of the East Canada Cup’s races were canceled on July 1 for safety and health concerns of all participants and volunteers as the Humidex soared to the mid 40°C range.
The team championship trophy for East Canada Cup was secured by the home team, the Rideau Canoe Club who pulled out a victory over the Ontario Team and the Atlantic Team over this shortened schedule. The West Canada Cup was won by the Calgary Canoe Club, earning a victory over Oklahoma City River Sport and the Wascana Racing Canoe Club.
Canadian sprint paddlers now enter their Divisional Regatta schedules, competing in their local regions as they set their sights on Lac Des Nations in Sherbrook for the 2018 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships, taking place from August 28 to September 1.
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