2022 World University Rowing At Fanshawe Lake

Western to host 2022 FISU World University Rowing Championship

From the Western Mustangs:

The 2022 FISU World University Rowing Championship has been awarded to the city of London and the Western Mustangs.

In partnership with Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), Western University and Tourism London, the successful bid will see Canada host the biennial international event in August 2022 at Fanshawe Lake.

“Western is proud to have been selected as host of the 2022 FISU World University Rowing Championship,” said Christine Stapleton, Director, Sports and Recreation at Western. “Fanshawe Lake is a spectacular venue to host the championships and I know our Western Mustangs men’s and women’s rowing teams, their coaches and supporters are enthusiastically looking forward to welcoming the world to London in 2022.”

The Mustangs have also captured 14 combined men’s and women’s Canadian University Rowing Championship titles since 2006, while also accumulating a total of 54 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) combined titles.

“We are incredibly excited for our student-athletes to represent our country on the highest stage and to be able to do this at home,” said Dan Bechard, Chair, Organizing Committee and Head Coach, Western University Rowing. “We look forward to continuing to work with Tourism London and our community partners in hosting this prestigious event.”

In 2022, London will play host to over 20 countries and 300 high-performance student-athletes, all rowing for international glory.

“Western University is excited that we have been announced as having the successful bid for the 2022 FISU World University Rowing Championship,” said Dr. Jennifer Massey, Associate Vice-President, Student Experience, Western University. “We look forward to welcoming all of these world-class university athletes to London, Ontario and we are proud of the part that our very successful Western men’s and women’s rowing teams and our sports and recreation area, have had in making this happen.”

This marks the third FISU World University Championship (WUC) awarded to Canada and U SPORTS by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), which announced nearly 40 WUC hosts for both the 2022 and 2024 seasons on Friday.

“Hosting the 2022 FISU World University Rowing Championship is both an exciting step forward for international sport in Canada as well as an honour for U SPORTS, together with Rowing Canada Aviron, Western University and Tourism London,” said Lisette Johnson Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. “With FISU’s trust in our organizing committee, we relish the opportunity to stage an event of this calibre on the world stage and look forward to bringing more FISU events to Canada in concert with our sport, membership and community partners.”

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