Luciano BUONFIGLIOPresident of Italian Canoe Federation (FICK)
An important international event returns to Italy and it does so in the magnificent setting of Auronzo di Cadore with the ECA European Canoe Sprint Junior & Under 23 Championships.
After having organised some international events, the Italian Canoe Kayak Federation is going through a new experience, to be once again the protagonist of a great competition. A sincere thank you to the Organising Committee in the person of Andrea Bedin, who has successfully organised several international events – including the annual International Flatwater Sprint regatta in Auronzo di Cadore which is dedicated to the youth categories. For these European Championships we will be at the side of this further important event, supporting it in the institutional relations, in the organisation and communications.
The best athletes of the youth categories will be present, representing the future of the Olympic canoe. It will be an extraordinary event, capable of combining competition and the desire for results, the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of an Italian welcome. The quality of the competition field, the readiness and the competence of all those who for years work on the events organised in Auronzo di Cadore, the hospitality of the town, are characteristics that will make these European championships unforgettable.
We are proud to welcome all selected nations and their delegations. It is with great pleasure that I greet all those who will be key players during the race days; and at the same time thank institutions, the local authorities who have always been at our side, the volunteers and all those who, behind the scenes, are already working, helping and supporting us so that sport, through its messages and values, becomes an even stronger motivation for aggregation, growth and development.
Passion, expertise, skills. These are the essential elements that all of Europe will find at Auronzo di Cadore in the occasion of this extraordinary event.
See you all soon in Auronzo di Cadore.
Tatiana PAIS BECHER
Mayor of Auronzo di Cadore
It is a great source of pride for the City Council and for the entire community to be able to host in Auronzo di Cadore the 2018 European Canoe Sprint Junior and U23 Championships from June 28 to July 1. An important event in which the waters of Lake Santa Caterina, together with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, symbol of the Dolomites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, are once again featured in a unique and prestigious opening to Auronzo’s summer season.
It has always been a natural backdrop for the international canoe and dragon boat competitions in which athletes from all over the world find themselves competing in a unique environment. Once again the combination of sport and nature prove themselves successful in conveying strong emotions, memories and values.
A natural setting with lakes, streams, meadows and mountains which for years have welcomed the enthusiasts and athletes of canoe disciplines, who competing in Auronzo bring out the best of what these spectacular sports have to offer.
The shores of the lakes are brought to life and colored with athletes, supporters and fans from all over the world and the waters of the lake are transformed into a regatta venue in which all the magic and beauty of these spectacular sports events are reflected.
We hope that this winning combination can create a partnership that is increasingly important for our community, a way of promoting Auronzo and Misurina, and their extraordinary beauty to the world.
We wish all participants a pleasant stay in our town and all the very best of luck in all of the competition.