2021 Sprint National Championships awarded to the Rideau Canoe Club
July 20, 2020 – (Ottawa, ON) – Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) announced today that the Rideau Canoe Club (RCC) in Ottawa, Ontario has been selected as the host club for the 2021 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships, held August 24-29, 2021. This motion was passed during a Special Meeting of Members, held earlier last week on July 15, 2020, to discuss impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host Nationals during the Olympic year,” said RCC Commodore, James Price. “We thank all CKC members for their trust and support and look forward to welcoming you all to Ottawa in August 2021.”
In light of CKC’s decision to cancel the 2020 Sprint National Championships due to COVID-19, motions were passed to allow an adjustment to the Sprint Nationals Hosting rotation. The Eastern Ontario Division (EOD) will host in 2021, with the Western Ontario Division (WOD) hosting the 2022 Sprint National Championships, and the Atlantic Division hosting in 2023. Following 2023, the rotation schedule will continue as detailed in Section 5.1 (b) of the Sprint Racing Competition Rules.
“Our CKC community has continued to show outstanding leadership and support throughout this pandemic,” said Ian Mortimer, CKC Director of Development. “It is exciting to be able to look ahead to Nationals in Ottawa in 2021 as a chance for our sprint clubs to come together to compete for National titles and trophies, and also a chance to bring our community back together after this hiatius and celebrate the sport, our community and the spirit that has gotten us through these difficult times.”
This decision allows the Rideau Canoe Club, originally set to host the 2020 National Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, to continue planning for the event next year. The Canadian Championships are held annually, and attract upwards of 4000 athletes, coaches, officials, family and friends to the host city.
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Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement.
Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships.