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WIFC Plans For Most Active Season With 32 Scheduled Events

Mayor Frank Campion, Richard Dalton (WRCC Interim General Manager), Gary Long (Welland CAO)

Mayor Frank Campion, Richard Dalton (WRCC Interim General Manager), Gary Long (Welland CAO)

The 2017 event season will be the busiest yet for the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) as it prepares to host 32 events along Welland Recreational Waterway between April and December. The events’ size and scope will range from small camps to regional and provincial competitions and two national championships. Six different sports are represented on the schedule: canoe kayak, rowing, open water swim, triathlon, dragon boat, and canoe polo. One of the key highlights will be Canoe Polo Welland 2017 taking place in September, which will serve as a test event for the 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships being hosted at the WIFC North course.

The wide range of events will be spread across the WIFC’s three main hosting locations: WIFC North Course, WIFC South Course (Dain City), and PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Community Centre at the end of Thorold Rd. From community-based initiatives, to training sessions, to hard fought competitions and championships, the activities around the Welland International Flatwater Centre will continue to be a catalyst for economic benefit to local businesses and broader community engagement. More than 12,000 athletes are expected to visit Welland and race on Welland’s Waterway in 2017, a tremendous number considering this is what we now consider a “standard” year for the WIFC.

Interim General Manager of the WRCC, Richard Dalton comments: “The WIFC is proud to continue a strong sport hosting legacy within the City of Welland into the 2017 season and beyond. Our vision for the future is firmly rooted in delivering value to the citizens of Welland through hosting superior events along the Waterway that will keep visitors and guests returning to the City every year. Each step of the way we strive to maximize the tremendous investment that Welland has made in building the Welland International Flatwater Centre, and we look forward to many years of successful events taking place in Welland”

The WRCC has benefitted from a strong partnership with the City of Welland in the recent past and works closely with City management and Council. Mayor Campion comments:  “Our full roster of events for the 2017 season is indicative of Mr. Dalton’s exemplary management of our world class venue.  We have worked effectively and cooperatively with our many local, regional, national and international rowing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and triathlon partners to ensure another successful season on the water here in Welland.”

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For further information please contact:
Richard Dalton
Interim General Manager
Welland Recreational Canal Corporation


2017 Event Schedule

Be part of the action on the   waterway this summer

April 8-9 ROWONTARIO Camp North Rowing 30
May 6-7 RCA Junior Assessment Camp South Rowing 50
Ⓥ May 13 ROWONTARIO Spring Regatta South Rowing 240
May 14 Banana Belt Rowing Tour North Rowing 40
May 20-21 South Niagara Rowing Club High School Invitational South Rowing 1200
June 3-4 OCSRA Ontario Team Trials North Canoe Kayak 350
June 3-4 ROWONTARIO Camp South Rowing 30
June 5-8 RCA Junior Selection Camp South Rowing 40
June 10 Welland Dragon Boat Festival North Dragon Boat 600
June 17 Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta North Rowing 250
June 17-18 OCSRA Camp South Canoe Kayak 150
June 23-25 Rose City Triathlon North Triathlon 1500
July 8-9 ROWONTARIO Camp North Rowing 40
July 15 Central Ontario Rowing Association (CORA) Regatta South Rowing 350
Ⓥ July 16 ROWONTARIO Masters Championships North Rowing 400
Ⓥ July 18-20 North American Indigenous Games North Canoe Kayak 200
July 22 Balmy Beach Regatta North Canoe Kayak 200
July 29-30 Western Ontario Division Trials & Championships North Canoe Kayak 500
Ⓥ July 29-30 ROWONTARIO Championships South Rowing 1000
Ⓥ Aug 3-6 Canadian Dragon Boat Championships North Dragon Boat 2000
Aug 12 Triathlon Ontario Provincial Championships North Triathlon 350
Aug 13 Welland Canal Open Water Swim North Swimming 125
 Aug 22-27 Canoe Welland 2017 – CKC National Championships North Canoe Kayak 1500
Sept 2-3 ROWONTARIO Camp North Rowing 40
 Sept 8-10 Canoe Polo World Championships Test Event North Canoe Polo 200
Sept 9 Welland Canal SwimRun Waterway Swim/Run 125
Sept 15-17 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon Waterway Triathlon 700
Sept 23 Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Classic Waterway Rowing 500
Sept 22-24 OCSRA Camp South Canoe Kayak 40
Oct 7-8 ROWONTARIO Camp North Rowing 40
Nov 4-5 ROWONTARIO Camp North Rowing 40
Dec 2-3 ROWONTARIO Camp North Rowing 40

 Ⓥ This event requires WIFC Volunteers

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