Weekend Preview: Canadian University Rowing Championships Take Place in Welland
One week after hosting the OUA Rowing Championships, the top university rowers in the country will be back on the South Course of the Welland International Flatwater Centre this weekend to compete in the 2021 Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC).
CURC’s will be a two-day event with the first race of the regatta starting on Saturday morning at 9am. Day 1 of competition will be strictly time trials, with the Finals for each event running throughout the day on Sunday. Brock University will serve as host and Guelph University and the City of Welland will serve as co-hosts of the annual event, which is running for the first time in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s cancellation of the 2020 Championships.
Over 140 boat entries from 21 university programs will compete this year and Ontario universities will be well-represented with 13 universities competing. The Brock Badgers and Western Mustangs lead the way with 12 boat entries, followed by the Toronto Varsity Blues (11), Queen’s Gaels (10), Guelph Gryphons (9) Ottawa Gee-Gees (8), McMaster Marauders (7), Trent Excalibur (7), Carleton Ravens (6), Waterloo Warriors (3), Ontario Tech Ridgebacks (2), Laurentian Voyageurs (1), and Nipissing Lakers (1). Brock and Western are fresh off winning conference banners last weekend, as the Badgers won the men’s OUA championship with a strong team performance and the Mustangs picked up their eighth consecutive OUA women’s championship.
The rest of the country will also be well-represented as schools from BC (UBC Thunderbirds, Victoria Vikes), Alberta (Calgary Dinos), Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Huskies), Quebec (McGill Redbirds/Martlets, Concordia Stingers) and Nova Scotia (Dalhousie Tigers, St. FX X-Men/X-Women) will all be travelling to Welland to compete. In 2019, the UBC Thunderbirds won both men’s and women’s CURC banners, marking the third consecutive year the swept both banners.
The first Canadian University Rowing Championship was hosted in 1997. The Victoria Vikes won both the men’s and women’s banners that first year and are one of five schools to win a CURC banner. The Vikes have the most combined men’s and women’s banners with 17, followed by Western (13), UBC (10), Brock (5) and Queen’s (1).
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For the full regatta schedule in Ontario, visit the Row Ontario website.