St. Catharines Rowing Club host for 2015 national championships

The 2015 National Rowing Championships have been awarded to St. Catharines Rowing Club. Canada’s top rowers will be hosted on the very same course as the Pan American Games Regatta that is taking place this July.

The 2015 National Rowing Championships will take place Oct. 8-10 on the Royal Canadian Henley course, capping off an extremely busy summer for rowing in St. Catharines.

Natalie Mastracci will be looking to perform well at home.  (Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee)

Natalie Mastracci will be looking to perform well at home. (Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee)

The St. Catharines club is known for its excellence in hosting regattas during both the high school and club competitive season. Along with these regattas, The Royal Canadian Henley course will see the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Championships in June, the Pan American Games Regatta in July and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in August, with many of SCRC’s rowers, coaches and volunteers involved in those events.

The 2015 National Rowing Championships will see exciting racing from Canada’s top rowers as they look to be crowned national champions and make their mark ahead of Olympic and Paralympic selections for the Rio 2016 Games.

“The National Rowing Championships before an Olympic/Paralympic year are a crucial marker for athletes wishing to be considered for selection,” said Peter Cookson, Director of High Performance.

“Our club is very excited to be hosting these championships,” said Michelle Kerr, president of SCRC. “We are pleased to be working closely with our partners at the Canadian Henley Rowing Corporation and with our valued regatta volunteer groups to ensure we put on a world class regatta for the athletes competing for the national titles.”

St. Catharines Rowing Club, one of Canada’s oldest and largest clubs, has a long history of producing Canadian National Team Rowers and current club member and London 2012 Silver Medallist and Welland native, Natalie Mastracci will be looking to perform well at home.

“The St. Catharines Rowing Club will put on a great championships,” said Mastracci, speaking from the National Training Centre in London, ON. “And I’m excited to be able to return to the club that has shown me so much support, and race for the crown of National Champion. I hope I can make them proud.”

More information about the regatta, its schedule and how you can participate as a volunteer will be posted in the coming weeks on the St.Catharines Rowing Club and the Rowing Canada Aviron websites.

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