2019 ROWONTARIO Masters Championship – Recap
ROWONTARIO’s (RO) Championship events started off the 2019 season with the Masters Championship Regatta, July 14th, in Welland, ON. 263 athletes representing 25 rowing clubs from across the province and the United States, took at the Welland International Flat-water Centre (WIFC) on a picture prefect day.
ROWONTARIO has been extremely fortunate to work alongside the City of Welland to create a championship regatta for all those attending. The WIFC provides a full six-lane 1000m sprint racing course. Along with the exceptional waterway, the facilities at the WIFC provide athletes and spectators with one of the best viewing spaces – a true championship feel. All Masters Championship photos can be found on our Facebook page.
Thanks to the feedback from participants at the 2018 RO Masters Championships, there were a few new additions to this year’s regatta. An extended warmup on water, along with warmup ergs in the Athletes Building, allowed for more opportunity for athletes to prepare for their races. Stay tuned on how to be part of the 2019 Championship review team – all feedback is appreciated and accepted!
With lots of racing over the day, much of the excitement came down to the final events in the mixed (male & female) boats. Mixed 4x’s and 8+’s took to the water to test their speed among their competitors. Always fun and exciting races to witness! The RO Masters Championships is part of the Trillium Chase: Challenge # 4. The Trillium Chase is a monthly 1x Challenge Series – a single sculler’s ‘Grand Prix’ – organized by ROWONTARIO. Each month, single scullers of all ages have the opportunity to earn points toward The Trillium Cup. Points are update on our website after each Trillium Chase Challenge. Though there were not enough boats entered for the Parent-Child 2x this year, we hope to bring this event back in the future! Last year’s winner, Jed Dietrich and his daughter, had this to say about the event “This is the only race I care about! Racing with my kids has been the highlight of my rowing career!”. Time to start training for next year.
ROWONTARIO would like to thank Chief Umpire team Brian Fiori and Meredith Smith, along with their exceptional umpire jury, for accomplishing a safe, fair and fun regatta for all competitors. As well, thank you to Erin Carl from the City of Welland and her team of staff and volunteers for providing the logistical support to run an event of this calibre. As always, thank you as well to the athletes, coaches and supporters and congratulations on a great day of racing.