ORLANDO (August 9, 2016) – The Central Florida Sports Commission, Lake County Economic Development and Tourism, the City of Clermont, and South Florida Canoe Kayak Club have agreed to host the 2017 USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships for the very first time in Lake County. The event will take place in 2017 on Lake Minneola at Waterfront Park in Clermont, FL.
“We are delighted to welcome USA Canoe/Kayak and their talented competitors to our Central Florida community,” said Jason Siegel, interim president of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We look forward to working with USA Canoe/Kayak to ensure the success of this important event, as we serve our mission to drive economic development through sports.”
The USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championship is projected to attract competitors from all ages across the county. More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, and spectators are expected to converge at Waterfront Park for the four day event.
“USA Canoe/Kayak is excited to bring the 2017 Sprint Nationals to Clermont, FL. We are looking forward to working with the South Florida Canoe Kayak Club to make this national regatta a success for all the athletes, clubs, and the entire Florida paddlesport community,” said Chris Barlow, USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint High Performance Director
“South Florida Canoe Kayak Club is thrilled to be partnering with the City of Clermont, Lake County Economic Development and Tourism and the Central Florida Sports Commission to host the 2017 USA Canoe Kayak National Championships,” said Melinda Mack, Executive Director of the South Florida Canoe Kayak Club. “SFCKC has worked with many entities to host racing events over the past 4 years and the Waterfront Park Venue and the people working alongside of us on this project are a true asset; not only to this event, but to the future of growing the sport. We are confident that the venue will offer an excellent experience to all attendees and the hospitality of our partners will leave a remarkable memory on each person attending that will keep them longing to return in the future.”
“Winning this bid is huge for Lake County and Clermont. Congratulations to Clermont, Lake County and the Central Florida Sports Commission in working together to fulfill the vision for the Clermont Boathouse,” said Commissioner Sean Parks. “I want to personally extend a warm welcome to all of the canoers and kayakers who will be visiting Lake County and Clermont.”
“We are honored and thrilled to be the host city at the 2017 USA Kayak/Canoe Championships,” said Clermont City Manager Darren Gray. “We look forward to welcoming the athletes, coaches and fans with open arms. We celebrate the championship spirit and look forward to making next year’s championships memorable for all involved.”
ABOUT THE CENTRAL FLORIDA SPORTS COMMISSION
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In 2015, the Sports Commission’s event calendar featured 77 events that drove more than 234,000 visitors, 196,000 room nights and $131 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. Anchored by marquee events The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and the Copa America Centenario, the Central Florida Sports Commission is projecting to drive nearly 300,000 visitors and $135 million in economic impact in 2016.
ABOUT LAKE MINNEOLA AND WATERFRONT PARK
Lake Minneola is the site of many national rowing and triathlon competitions but this will be the first time the USA Canoe Kayak National Championships will be held on its beautiful water and beachfront shores. Waterfront Park includes a bike and hiking trail that is the center of Florida’s Coast-to-Coast Trail, a new, interactive splash park, million-dollar boathouse that is home to canoeing, rowing, sailing and dragon boats; picnic tables, grills, a basketball court, two playgrounds, fishing piers, a preserve, championship disc golf and a chain of lakes.