Kings Cup 2019 : Team Canada

A key part of #thekingscup, with mixed crews, is to recognize the contribution of women in defence. Women from the crews of the eight competing nations gathered to share their experiences and build alliances. / Un élément clé de la #KingsCup, avec des équipes mixtes, est de reconnaître la contribution des femmes en défense. Des femmes des équipes des huit nations en lice se sont réunies pour partager leurs expériences et forger des alliances.

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The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces sent a Canadian Armed Forces crew to participate in The King’s Cup at Henley Royal Regatta near London, England, July 3 to 7.

The Canadian crew of eight rowers and one coxswain comprised of officer cadets and recent graduates of the Royal Military College of Canada, all with experience as members of the university’s competitive rowing program.

Henley Royal Regatta is an international rowing competition held annually since 1839, except for the years during the First and the Second World Wars. In 1919, following the First World War, the highlight of the event was The King’s Cup, a special rowing competition between military crews from Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, which consisted primarily of soldiers waiting to return home from the war.

A century later, this year’s organizers commemorated the centenary of the 1919 race by inviting the original participating countries, as well as teams from Germany and the Netherlands. Rowers recreated the event by competing in eight-person boats at Henley-on-Thames, located west of London.

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