It looks like government investments in the Kenora Rowing Club will pay off with future events. Tim Wehner says they've been invited to bid on national and international events.
"It's fabulous. You know, we've had so many volunteers put countless hours into the lead up to the Canada Summer Games -- all of the infrastructure we put in, running the games -- it's really nice to have the recognition we put on a first-rate show," he said.
"We were a little worried, with the Canada Summer Games being in the middle of the country, we'd put on a great show then just sort of drift into the silence, but Rowing Canada approached us this week and said, 'If we're wanting to bid on big projects, we recognize you have a good site, are you interested in anything,' " Wehner added.
Federal, provincial and municipal governments all invested in the facilities for last year's Summer Games. The funds included $100,000 investment from the Government of Canada enables upgrades at the Mid-Canada Centre of Rowing Excellence, as well as $184,750 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Corporation. The Canada Summer Games Host Society also contributed $230,000.
The investment supported enhancements at the 2.2-kilometre-long Rabbit Lake facility, including improved courses, a start and finish tower, accessible athlete transition and staging areas, and improved site and emergency access. There were also improvements to boats, parking facilities and neighbouring Garrow Park.
Roughly 200 athletes from across the country competed in the games last summer. The club will host Tops 'n Bottoms July 28, then the North West International Rowing Association (NWIRA) Aug. 10 to 12.
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