News Release - North Cowichan Thrilled to be Considered by Rowing Canada for New National Rowing Centre of Excellence

(North Cowichan, BC) - The Municipality of North Cowichan is hoping to entice Rowing Canada to locate a new National Rowing Centre of Excellence in our community to complement its existing training facilities. Quamichan Lake has been shortlisted as a potential location.

“We are very excited at the prospect of having such a high-profile, national organization like Rowing Canada considering locating here in our community. The positive example set by these talented athletes would be an incredible benefit for our youth,” stated North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure.

Noting that Rowing Canada is open to considering both private and public sites on the Lake, and will be undergoing a comprehensive site analysis and consultation process in assessing any formal proposal, Mayor Lefebure went on to say, “We are extremely hopeful that Rowing Canada will choose to locate in our beautiful community. The increase in our profile not only nationally, but around the world, will be a huge win—not to mention the economic spinoff for local business.”

Some sites have already been identified as promising options, including Art Mann Park. If the Park is determined to be a suitable site by both Rowing Canada and the community, it will continue to function as a public park with Rowing Canada occupying space as a long-term user. It is expected that Rowing Canada will be making some preliminary decisions within the next few months and more information will be available at that time.

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For more information:
Jon Lefebure, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3115
E mayor@northcowichan.ca


Donna Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer
Rowing Canada Aviron
T 1.877.722.4769
E datkinson@rowingcanada.org