WIFC Community Legacy
- Over 260 volunteers are involved in putting on the 2013 Canoe Niagara event
- Building a cohort of dedicated volunteers through positive experiences. This allows a closer community as it brings people of different backgrounds together to achieve a common goal
- Employment: 29 Welland Recreational Canal Corporation staff employed for the summer of 2013, compared to last summer’s employment number of 20
- $10 million+ in capital expenditures, directly supported over 80 jobs, many local
- 41 official partners
- 32 local partners
- 10 hotel partnerships
- Organizing Committee of 24 individuals
2 Conferences held at the Four Points Sheridan in Thorold, ON:
- (1) Women’s Canoe (promoting gender equality in sport) on Tuesday, July 30th inWelland,ON
- The first International Women’s Canoe Summit hosted for coaches, volunteers, and international and is a chance to learn from the best athletes, coaches and leaders in Women's Canoe. A one day women’s canoe summit will be part of Coach the Worlds and will be opened up to a wider audience of delegates who have an interest in sharing ideas with other countries to develop this important discipline.
- (2) Coach the Worlds (helps to develop leaders internationally) on July 28th- August 4th inWelland,ON
- Through Coach the Trials, coaches will develop their skill sets by studying the elite athlete development pathway from junior to senior.
- Monday July 22nd- Friday July 26th
- Among the 200 athletes - from over 20 countries
- Participating countries include: Uruguay, Tunisia, India, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina, Morocco, and Kazakhstan.
The objective of this program is to expand the reach and exposure of CanoeKayak in countries with developing Canoe Sprint Federations. Through the program, athletes have access to world-class facilities which they would not otherwise have the opportunity to use. The Development Camp aims to encourage knowledge sharing and passion for the sport through 5 multi-session days of training here in Welland.
- General Manager of Canoe Niagara 2013 Richard Dalton, speaks to the importance of this program. "We have had nothing but great reception from the Development Camp athletes. The Majority of these young paddlers have never trained at a world-class facility like the Welland International Flatwater Centre. This type of program plays a critical role in building the capacity of Canoe Sprint for each participating Federation
- Funded by the International Canoe Federation and Canoe Niagara 2013
- Tunisia U23 athlete Afef Ben Ismail states, “It's great to meet new people, new coaches and to learn from everyone. They tell you what they know and really try to help you improve - it's been a great experience."