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ROWONTARIO is pleased to announce the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) North Course as the location for the 2018-2020 Masters Rowing Championships regatta.  The 2018 ROWONTARIO Masters Championships will be held on Sunday, July 15th.

The ROWONTARIO Masters Championships is a highlight of the summer racing schedule for Masters rowers in Ontario.  Drawing a large contingent of Masters athletes from the United States, the ROWONTARIO Masters Championships is a competitive preparation event leading up to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta the following month.  Moreover, the spectator-friendly WIFC North Course lends itself well to the camaraderie and good sportsmanship that truly makes the ROWONTARIO Masters Championships a premier event for Masters athletes of all levels.

The WIFC North Course is a world class venue for various flatwater sports, including rowing, and in recent years the course has seen vast improvement as a legacy from the 2015 Pan Am Games.  Having completed its transition to managing the WIFC, the City of Welland is committed to improving and enhancing its delivery of the ROWONTARIO Masters Championships in order to maintain the venue’s and the regatta’s world class reputation.

“Our Masters Championships is one of our marquee events of the season. It was important that we found a host partner that valued the importance of this regatta,” said Andrew Backer – ROWONTARIO Executive Director. “We are excited to partner with the City of Welland under their revitalised management structure.”

 The hosting agreement between ROWONTARIO and the City of Welland emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining partnerships with the local rowing community, among various City departments, and with ROWONTARIO officials and regatta organizers.  Volunteer recruitment, engagement and training will be a significant focus of the hosting agreement, demonstrating the City of Welland’s willingness to respond to and implement stakeholder feedback.  As well, because the WIFC North Course hosts several provincial, national and international flatwater events every year, the City of Welland will continue to maintain and improve upon the infrastructure to ensure it meets the high standard required to host events of that calibre.

“The partnership with the City of Welland provides our athletes and coaches the opportunity to compete at a world class facility,” continued Backer.

Richard Dalton, Recreation and Culture Manager for the City of Welland, elaborated: “The City of Welland is proud to enter a new partnership with ROWONTARIO to host the Provincial Masters Championships at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.  Our community has benefitted from a great relationship with ROWONTARIO for nearly 10 years.  Looking to the future, we’re excited about continuing this partnership. Rowing is a big part of the sporting culture in Welland and having the top Masters in Ontario competing on our waterway is a source of pride for the City.” 

The WIFC will host several rowing regattas this year on both the North and South courses, including the Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta, the South Niagara High School Invitational, and the Head of the Welland – Five Bridges Fall Classic, as well as numerous other flatwater events.

The RFP process to determine the host for the ROWONTARIO Masters Championships was part of a broader Championship review process, spearheaded by Sport Development Manager Andrea Miller.  The process also included an extensive review of the regatta’s events and overall structure, which will be announced as part of the official Regatta Package by the end of March 2018.

For more information about the ROWONTAIO Masters Rowing Championships please email andrea@rowontario.ca.