Top young rowers from North America will be racing on the Oklahoma River in July as Oklahoma City has been selected as the site of the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta.
“This is the next generation of Olympic athletes,” said Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. “It’s a big deal.”
The July 7-14 regatta will bring together the top junior (high school age) rowers from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“These are the top developing youth athletes in each nation,” Knopp said. “These are young men and women at the beginning of their elite careers.”
Racing will be contested in 12 events during the week, including the men’s and women’s single sculls, double sculls, pair, quadruple sculls, four with coxswain and eight.
Steve Hargis, director of development for USRowing, said the regatta serves two purposes.
“It brings together each country’s developmental junior athletes, coxswains and coaches for friendly, yet high-level competition. Secondly, this regatta provides a life opportunity for its participants and serves as a cultural experience.
“For many, CanAmMex will be an important step in development toward potential future U.S. Junior National Team, Under 23 and Senior National Team opportunities.”
Oklahoma City also was the site for the international regatta in 2008. Last year it was held in Mexico City.
“All the places in the country and they have chosen Oklahoma City,” Knopp said. “We’re pleased once again to welcome this prestigious international event to the Boathouse District and the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center.”