Bid submitted for 2024 world rowing championships

City of St. Catharines press release – St. Catharines is vying to build on the rich history of rowing excellence at the Henley Rowing Course.

St. Catharines World Rowing, in partnership with the City of St. Catharines, has submitted a bid for St. Catharines to host the 2024 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 and Junior Championships. The final bid, endorsed by Rowing Canada Aviron, was submitted to FISA (International Rowing Federation) in June.

If successful, the event would be held at the Henley Rowing Course in Port Dalhousie, where major national and international rowing competitions have been hosted for more than 100 years. It would follow investments into the premier rowing centre to upgrade it ahead of the 2021 Canada Summer Games, including a new 13,000 sq. ft. training facility that will provide year-round fitness and rowing training for athletes. According to FISA, the event in August of 2024 would attract about 2,800 participants.

“This is the largest event FISA hosts and while there are few venues across the globe capable of hosting this, our community is well suited to provide athletes and participants an unmatched experience found nowhere else in the world,” said Tim Rigby, who co-chairs St. Catharines World Rowing with Bill Schenck.

The announcement of the winning bid is expected in September.

The bid is another opportunity to boost the City’s reputation as a destination for sports tourism. The Henley rowing course was home to the Pan Am rowing competition in 2015 and has also previously hosted previous FISA World Rowing Championships in 1970 and 1999.

The City has also successfully hosted several other large sporting events over the last several years, including the IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championships in 2016 and the FIBA Under-18 Americas Championships in 2018.

“Our city has a proud history of athletic excellence and we’re excited about opportunities to showcase our world-class rowing facilities with more competitions. The Henley facilities and our event partners position St. Catharines as a strong contender for international events like the FISA world championships,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik.


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