Rowing has long been a dominant athletic event in St. Catharines, noted for its Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, which recently celebrated its 137th anniversary in August.
And there’s big news in St. Catharines, which hosted two World Rowing Championships in 1970 and 1999. It just won the bid to host the World Rowing Championships in 2024, which includes Senior, Under 23 and Junior championships.
This is the largest rowing event in the world!
At the FISA Congress (the world governing body of rowing), we were competing with Linz, Austria, which just completed hosting the 2019 World Rowing Championships this past week.
“This is a great day for rowing in St. Catharines and Canada,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik, who was in Linz, Austria for the vote. “There have been a lot of people working hard to secure this bid led by Bill Schenck, co-chair of St. Catharines World Rowing. It was a true St. Catharines team effort.”
Schenck, a member of FISA and a leader in the St. Catharines rowing community, joined Mayor Sendzik in Linz for the event.
“I am very excited that today the FISA Congress voted to support the decision of FISA Council that Canada was the most suitable candidate to host the World Championships in 2024. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the team that has prepared the bid, especially the City of St. Catharines staff,” said Schenck. “It was a pleasure to have Mayor Sendzik accompany me as we worked to secure votes from the federations for winning this bid. His presence at this year’s World Championships helped put us over the top. The St. Catharines World Rowing Committee looks forward in welcoming the world of rowing all back to St. Catharines in 2024.”
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