Rowing BC wins bid to host the 2016 – 2019 National Rowing Championships–Canada Cup Regatta at Burnaby Lake

February 3, 2016

Rowing Canada - VICTORIA, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is pleased to announce Rowing BC as the successful bidder and host of the 2016 RCA National Rowing Championships – Canada Cup Regatta. Rowing BC will deliver these Championships through to 2019 with Burnaby Lake as the host location.
 
The 2016 RCA National Rowing Championships will take place from September 22 to 24. The Canada Cup Regatta will be hosted on September 25.
 
“With Rowing BC at the helm until 2019, RCA is confident the organization and delivery of our National Rowing Championships will set new standards of excellence,” said Mike Walker, president, Rowing Canada Aviron. “Hosting the event over four years enables the host organization to build a premier event and attract greater sponsorship and community support. And, our athletes and coaches will be thrilled to know they’re competing on the waters of Burnaby Lake, a venue that has delivered exceptional racing which will be anticipated by all fans.”
 
Rowing BC submitted a comprehensive bid package for the multi-year event that focused on a seamless athlete experience and committed a robust, enthusiastic volunteer base at a premier racing venue.
 
With a history of hosting top regattas and an important development site for rowers, Burnaby Lake has re-established itself as one of Canada’s top venues since it was restored to international standards in 2011. The course provides ideal racing conditions with calm waters and minimal wind that are enjoyed by many rowers, including those who raced at the successful 2014 Canadian Masters Championship regatta.
 
“We are thrilled that Burnaby has been selected to host the 2016-2019 National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup,” said Jennifer Scott, Senior Manager, Sport Burnaby. “Burnaby has a proud history of hosting world-class national and international events, and hosting this event for the next four years is a natural progression in our vision to be a preeminent sport destination. We are eager to work with Rowing Canada Aviron, Rowing BC and the local rowing community to deliver a fantastic regatta at Burnaby Lake and welcome athletes, officials and fans to our stunning city.”
 
Peter Jackson, President of Rowing BC, described this as an opportunity to engage the BC rowing community in a way that will not only benefit BC participants, but those from all over Canada.
 
“As a result of hosting over 30 regattas a year in BC, our volunteers and officials have refined skills that enable them to deliver exceptional competitive experiences for athletes,” said Jackson. “Bringing together the volunteers from across the province will ensure we have the expertise required to host an outstanding NRC-CC; this will also strengthen the rowing community in BC, an initiative we feel strongly about. We are aware of the importance of this event for many athletes and have already committed to soliciting feedback from participants to ensure our volunteers can enhance the regatta year after year in a meaningful way. Additionally, we firmly believe that hosting high level rowing competitions at Burnaby Lake will ensure the infrastructure at this world class venue continues to be enhanced. On behalf of our Team BC athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers, Rowing BC looks forward to welcoming all provincial and national team representatives to Burnaby this September and in the years that follow."
 
The 2016 RCA National Rowing Championships marks some changes to the overall format including:

  • The return of the Canada Cup Regatta concept, with significant revisions to the competition structure that includes racing in some ‘big boat’ events
  • Competition in the Canada Cup Regatta will aid Provincial Rowing Associations in their selection of athletes for the Canada Games   
  • Athletes will now compete for their home province instead of their training centre
  • The addition of an Athlete and Coach Recognition event that celebrates the season's successes

 
For the most up-to-date event details, please refer to Rowing Canada Aviron and Rowing BC websites. Information will be made available over the coming weeks.  
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Kate Bascom (Media)
Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
Rowing Canada Aviron
E: kbascom@rowingcanada.org
T: 250.220.2577
 
Dave Derry (NRC-CC specific)
Domestic Development Officer
Rowing Canada Aviron
E: dderry@rowingcanada.org
 
Jennifer Fitzpatrick
Executive Director
Rowing BC
E: exdirector@rowingbc.ca