BREAKING | St.Catharines wins bid to host largest rowing event in the world

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A vote held in Austria this morning will have a big impact on the rowing world in St.Catharines.

The city has won the bid to host the World Rowing Championships in 2024, which includes Senior, Under 23 and Junior championships. 

The City of St. Catharines, in partnership with St. Catharines World Rowing and Rowing Canada Aviron submitted the bid to host the world class event.

It is the largest rowing event in the world.

Delegates at the FISA Congress voted overwhelmingly in support of the St. Catharines bid which was 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 form 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.

St. Catharines has hosted two World Rowing Championships before in 1970 and 1999.