Ten years after its creation, the Shawinigan Canoe Club wishes to invite in the big leagues.
July 9 and 10, the leaders of the place will have the opportunity to showcase their exceptional site on the St. Maurice River as more than 350 rowers will converge on the center of the Mauricie for holding the Cup Canada canoe speed.
“It’s a great chance for us to shine at the national level by putting in the foreground natural infrastructure that we have,” proudly points out the president of the club Shawinigan, Marc Francoeur.
Since the event will be presented two weeks after the national trials # 2 Canoeing Canada, members of the various national teams U17, U19 and U23 (women) will be in action in Shawinigan, in preparation for the World Junior Championships to be held in Minsk, Belarus from 28 to 31 July.
In addition, representatives of provincial teams from Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia will participate in the Canada Cup, as some local clubs taking part in the trials U17, U19, senior and Paracanoe. In addition to the Canada Cup races, Shawinigan will present a slice of the Quebec Cup at the same time.
Thursday during the press conference, no athlete from another country had not yet confirmed its participation, but organizers still hope to add international flavor to their competition. Last year, during stops in Ottawa, Montreal and Dartmouth, Canada Cup attracted rowers from the United States, Great Britain, Brazil and in Puerto Rico.
At the regional level, some athletes Club Canoeing Three Rivers participated in the Canada Cup in 2015, including Anne-Sophie Parent Lavoie, Beatrice Giguère, Olivier Courchesne and Charles-Antoine Girouard.
“No one from outside the country was manifested during the preliminary entries. But it remains to be seen if there will be when the official entries will open on June 19, “says Hélène Gervais, head coach of the club Shawinigan.
Nevertheless, in the eyes of the national federation, the Shawinigan golf 12 corridors – which holds an international standard – will certainly impress visitors.
“I’m excited to see people canoeing in Canada Shawinigan discover the site which is absolutely exceptional,” praises Sean Cannon, a member of the Canoe Canada board.
In recent years, the Shawinigan Canoe Club has notably introduced the Bantam Provincial Championships and less (2015) and the Provincial Midget Championship and above (2014).
If all goes smoothly on July 9 and 10, club officials could initiate steps to host the Canadian Championships Canoeing speed. The competition must return in Quebec in 2018.
“First we want to offer an organization up to the competition and leave a memory Wow! to all those who come here, “says Gervais.
The demonstration in canoe marathon
Moreover, while the eyes of the Canadian federation will be on Mauricie, Shawinigan club will take the opportunity to showcase a very popular discipline in the region, the long boat journey. Thus, the programming will be a place for canoes and rabaskas duet (C2) as part of a test of ten kilometers.
Even if they meet the same national entity, these disciplines have rarely been associated with the same events. The opportunity to bring the speed races and those kind of marathon has been seized by the Shawinigan organizers.
“This is a spirit of cooperation rather unusual is beautiful to see the various disciplines,” says Sean Cannon.