City of Mississauga to host 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships


Published February 21, 2023 at 4:18 pm

The City of Mississauga is set to host the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships later this week.

Mississauga will be the first Canadian city to host the championships, which will take place from Feb. 25 to 26 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Indoor rowing, which is also known as Ergometer rowing, has been used for many years in the training and preparation of athletes. Indoor rowing has recently grown into a sport of its own and hundreds of races are now held annually around the world.

The two-day event is set to welcome over 2,000 athletes from over 40 countries. Athletes including Canadian Olympic gold medallists and Paralympians will compete in the competition, which will include race categories such as 2,000-metre and 500-metre races.

Competitors will compete for the title of world champion in several tests of endurance and speed on indoor rowing ergometers. The championships will feature two full days of racing on the arena floor with high-action sprints, endurance distances and team relays.

In June 2020, it was announced by the World Rowing Federation (FISA – from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) that the City of Mississauga would host the World Rowing Indoor Championships in 2023.

The City of Mississauga was among several other cities that competed for the bid to host the championship including Lima, Peru, Beijing, China, Cairo, Egypt, Hamburg, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic and London, England.

“Congratulations to the local and international athletes competing in the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships. Mississauga is proud to be the first Canadian city to host this competition, and it feels incredible to welcome visitors and athletes back to our city after the pandemic,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“Thank you for choosing our community to represent the highest level of your sport. We are excited to share our dynamic city and world-class sporting facilities with you as you showcase your talent, hard work and dedication as you go for gold.”

Since 2009, the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships have been held annually in Mississauga with the exception of two years during the COVID-19 pandemic when the competition was held virtually.

Those interested in attending the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships may purchase general admission tickets online or at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box office. Children under 12 years of age will be able to attend for free.

Photo: 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships’ website

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