Mississauga Rows its Way to the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships

By June 30, 2020Events, Issues

June 30, 2020

Today, the World Rowing Federation (FISA – from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron), announced that the City of Mississauga will host the World Rowing Indoor Championships in 2023. The Championship will be held on February 25 and 26, 2023 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

“Mississauga is thrilled to be selected to host the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships. Our successful bid reflects our ability to manage internationally-known sporting events at a premiere sports venue like the Paramount Fine Food Centre,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Mississauga is a diverse, welcoming and energetic city. We can’t wait to welcome the world’s top indoor rowing competitors, their coaches, families and fans to our great city in 2023.”

This is the first time Mississauga has hosted the World Championships but we have been host to the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (CIRC) for the past 11 years.

“Tourism Mississauga championed this bid which will bring visitors from across the world to Mississauga,” said Toni Frankfurter, Chair, Tourism Mississauga. “With an excellent transportation system, great amenities and exceptional restaurants, coupled with a vibrant downtown that boasts arts and culture, and a plethora of tourist attractions and activities, Mississauga has something for every athlete, spectator and attendee to enjoy.”

The Championships are a partnership with Rowing Canada Aviron and the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships. The event will be two full days of race events combining the Canadian Indoor Rowing (CIRC) program alongside World Rowing Indoor events. The event will welcome between 2,500 to 3,500 participants.

“Athletes from as far as Asia, Europe and North America will compete in this international championship,” said Shari Lichterman, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Mississauga and Commissioner, Community Services, City of Mississauga. “Tourism Mississauga has a focused approach and vision for the future of competitive sport guided by the Tourism Master Plan and Sport Tourism Strategy. As a sport-oriented and youth-friendly city, we’re excited to showcase our outstanding sport facilities and welcome thousands of athletes and visitors to Mississauga.”

Mississauga was among other national cities to compete for the bid to host the Championship including Lima, Peru; Beijing, China; Cairo, Egypt; Hamburg, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic and London, England.

For more information about the World Indoor Rowing Championships or for other events in Mississauga, visit Tourism Mississauga at visitmississauga.ca.


Indoor rowing, otherwise known as Ergometer rowing, has been widely used in training and preparation of athletes for many years. More recently, indoor rowing has grown into a serious sport of its own.

The World Indoor Rowing Championships is an open and accessible event with a mission is to broaden the participation of indoor rowing racing. For more information, visit worldrowing.com.

2023 marks the 40th year the indoor rowing championships have been held in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).