The 450 best juniors in Europe will row this weekend on the Lac du Causse

Twenty-six nations represented, 450 participants engaged, some 1,500 spectators expected. Here is a summary in three figures of the European Junior Rowing Championship which is taking place this weekend at Lac du Causse.

An organization provided by the Brive water sports club which had not hosted an international competition since 2009 and the junior world championships.

“We had applied for this European Championship in 2018 and our application was accepted in 2019 for this 2023 edition”, recalls Mickaël Bousquet, the president of the organizing committee and the Brive Water Sports Club.

France is also well off this year. The indoor European championships took place in January in Paris and the U 19 world championship will take place in August, in Vaires-sur-Marnes, on the basin of the next Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Several French boats to follow closely

“These European championships are for most competitors the first gallop of trials for the world championships. We will have athletes that we will find at the 2028 Olympic Games” specifies the president of the organizing committee.

If Germany is not present, the vast majority of strong nations will be on the Causse lake. “We can cite Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and of course France. »

There are no Corréziens this year in the France team. “Unfortunately, the level went up a notch and we couldn’t keep up. But there will be several rowers and rowers from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and Occitanie and in particular clubs from Bordeaux, Bergerac, Villeneuve, Montauban and Toulouse. »

Several tricolor boats will also be closely monitored, such as the women’s coxless pair, the men’s coxless pair, the coxless four and the women’s coxed four or even the men’s pair.

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No less than 80 volunteers have been mobilized since Thursday and until Sunday for this competition which will take place in the same format as the world championship events.
“Between heats, repechages and finals, we will have a total of fourteen events.” Fourteen opportunities to see a spectacle as great as the physical effort produced by these 450 rowers.

The program.This Saturday. Series from 9:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Repêchages from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Semi-finals from 9 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. Final C from 10:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. B finals from 11:25 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Finals A from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Pascal Goumy

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