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Rideau Canoe Club Marks 1 Year to 2021 Sprint National Championships
Scheduled to host the 2020 Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships, Rideau Canoe Club and City of Ottawa have been awarded 2021 Event; Sue Holloway to serve as Honourary Co-Chair

Ottawa, August 25, 2020 – With the support of Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa officials, Canoe Kayak Canada, and Honourary Co-Chair and RCC Olympian Sue Holloway, the Rideau Canoe Club today marked one year until the start of the 2021 Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships.  The 2021 Championships will take place on Mooney’s Bay from August 24th-29th, 2021.

“Today is an exciting day as we start to look forward to hosting the 2021 Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships” said Rideau Commodore James Price.  “While we were disappointed the 2020 National Championships could not be held, this makes the 2021 Championships even more important for our sport and our community”.   

It is expected the 2021 Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships and Canadian Masters races will host between 1300-1500 athletes as well as up to 2000 officials, parents and alumni.  In addition, Canada’s Olympic Canoe and Kayak athletes are expected to race for their home clubs, after returning from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics earlier in August.  Almost 50 Clubs, from 9 Provinces and the Yukon Territories, are expected to travel to Ottawa for the week-long event.  The Championships will generate an estimated $2.5m for the local economy.

I’m very much looking forward to the Canoe Kayak Championship taking place in Ottawa next year,’’ said Mayor Jim Watson. This is an exciting sporting event that will bring thousands of participants and officials to our city, and it will help us bounce back and reclaim our reputation as a great city for hosting large-scale sporting events.”

“The 2021 Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships will be one of the most important events taking place in Ottawa next summer that will draw people from across the country”, said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism.  “Ottawa Tourism is proud to play a leadership role in supporting this event, and we look forward to working with the Rideau Canoe Club, Canoe Kayak Canada, and local community business partners, to make the Championships a huge success”

As part of today’s launch event, it was announced that legendary Ottawa athlete Sue Holloway has agreed to serve as Honourary Co-Chair for the event.   Ms. Holloway is a three-time Olympian, and notably was the first Canadian athlete to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, competing in Cross-Country skiing in Innsbruck in 1976, and in Kayak in Montreal later that year.  Ms. Holloway won a Silver and Bronze medal in Kayak in Los Angeles in 1984, and is a member of the Canada and Ottawa Sports Halls of Fame.

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About the Rideau Canoe Club

The Rideau Canoe Club is one of Canada’s oldest canoe clubs, and one of the City of Ottawa’s longest continually operating sports facilities.   Rideau Canoe Club Paddlers have been racing on the Rideau Canal and Mooney’s Bay since 1902.  Over the past 118 years, the Rideau Canoe Club has produced 10 Olympians, and Rideau athletes have won the Sprint Canoe and Kayak National Club Championship Burgee 9 times.  In 2019, 10 Rideau athletes competed for Canada internationally, and won 8 medals at the Commonwealth Games, Junior World Championships and Olympic Hopes Regatta

Rideau is currently the two-time defending National Champions, having won the 2019 Burgee last August in Regina, SK.
The Rideau Canoe Club is proud to be hosting the 2021 Sprint Canoe Kayak National Championships from August 24-30, 2021

For more information contact:
Scott Bradley
Co-Chair, 2021 Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships