Fort Langley to Host Two Top Rowing Events

Heather Colpitts, Langley Advance - Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Bedford Channel is making a splash with the rowing community.

Dredging, a soon to be built floating boathouse, and the cooperation of local, provincial and federal governments will bring hundreds of rowers to Fort Langley this autumn for Western Canadian and national university championships.

The UBC and University of the Fraser Valley, which both have rowing teams using the Fort Langley Rowing Club base on the Bedford Channel, made the announcement late Friday afternoon on the banks of the Fraser River.

The western Canadian event is Oct. 18, and will draw teams from various universities west of Ontario including all of B.C.'s rowing teams (UBC, UVIC, SFU, Trinity Western, UFV, and Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops).

The nationals involve about 300 athletes from 20 universities and are slated for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The organizers anticipate about 3,000 spectators.

The Canadian championships will include past Olympians as well as future hopefuls from about 20 universities.

The Canadian championships were moved from Burnaby Lake to Langley, the UBC head rowing coach explained.

"We were looking originally to run this regatta on Burnaby Lake," Mike Pearce said.

Then attention switched to the Bedford Channel...