We are so excited we can hardly keep our oars straight!
Rowing Canada Aviron and World Rowing announced today that Canada has won the bid to host the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Sidney B.C. in October 2018.
This will be the first time that the World Championships in coastal rowing has ever been held in North America, and is a huge boost for coastal rowing in Canada. "We are so excited to be hosting the Championships here in beautiful British Columbia" says Annette O'Shea, President of the Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club, located in Vancouver B.C. "This is an opportunity for Canadian rowers to take on the world and compete in the most beautiful coastline anywhere. We are going to field some very strong crews and make Canada proud".
Our hats go off to a small group of dedicated volunteers (see our previous blog post on this crew of pirates) who formed the Bid Committee and never doubted that their efforts to bring the Championships to Canada would be so successful. They are truly the winning crew already.
As the first FISA recognized coastal rowing club in B.C., Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club is well positioned to work with Vancouver rowers to form crews and train for the competition. We will be announcing new, specialized crew development programs in the coming weeks, for a select number of athletes. Watch here and our Salish Sea Facebook page for more announcements.
Go Canada Go!!!!!