(WELLAND, ON) – The 2017 event season will be the busiest yet for the Welland International Flatwater Centre as it prepares to host 32 events along the 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, including 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 of WIFC North Course, WIFC South Course (Dain City), and PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Community Centre at the end of Thorold Road. 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 is now considered a standard year for the WIFC.
“The WIFC is proud to continue a strong sport hosting legacy within the City of Welland into the 2017 season and beyond,” said Richard Dalton, the interim general manager of the WRCC. “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.
“Our full roster of events for the 2017 season is indicative of Mr Dalton’s exemplary management of our world class venue,” said Welland mayor Frank Campion. “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.”