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The Crown Prince participated the opening of the Canoe Marathon World Championship

posted 20 Sep 2013, 11:02 by Lars Bo
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark got very near to the canoe sport when he Friday afternoon participated in the opening of the Canoe Marathon World Campionships on Lake Bagsvaerd.
The Crown Prince attended the start of the men’s U23 K1 race after which he met Denmark’s two most important athletes within kayaking; Henriette Engel from 361 Kano og Kajakklub and René Holten Poulsen from Maribo Kajakklub.
As an active sportsman and newly having completed an Ironman race, the Crown Prince was interested in the tactic and the boats and watched with great involvement the spectacular portages where the paddlers draw the kayaks on land to run a certain distance and put them back onto the water.

Later on, he visited the mayors Karin Søjberg Holst, Gladsaxe and Søren P. Rasmussen, Lyngby-Taarbæk as well as manager of Sport Event Denmark Lars Lundov. the Crown Prince also visited the spectator area where he tasted organic apple juice and was introduced to the theme of these world cahampionships, i.e. sustainability. Here, Peter Engel , member of the board and project manager, from the Danish Canoe Federation told about the efforts to arrange an international ISO-certified green event based on, amongst other things, sorting of waste, recycling, sustainable means of transport and other environmental initiatives. 
After this, the Crown Prince continued his tour on the water, where he from a boat could attend the turns and the paddlers’ tactics before the finishing sprint for the World Champion title after six rounds and 25.8 kilometres on the water.
Ashore again, the Crown Prince ended his visit talking to the Danish U23 paddlers, Martin Larsen and Orion Pilo and awarding medals to the three medal winners, two South Africans and a Norwegian.

- In every aspect it was a tremendous day for the canoe sport and for our WCH event. We were very happy that the Crown Prince attended the opening and showed his interest for our sport. It is a major recognition of the canoe sport, which not least our athletes can bring with them, said chairman of the Danish Canoe Federation, Ole Tikjøb.
For the two mayors, it was a good occasion to show and tell about Denmark’s Rowing stadium at Lake Bagsvaerd, which is jointly owned by the two municipalities.
- We were proud to be able to show Crown Prince Frederik our beautiful lake at an occasion as Canoe Marathon World Campionships, because the municipality of Gladsaxe does a great deal to support sport activities. Lake Bagsvaerd is an excellent example of this. It is a recreational place which unite beautiful nature, sport and leisure, said Karin Søjberg Holst.
- For Lyngby-Taarbæk Lake Bagsvaerd is a major asset. There are not many citizens in the municipality who are not involved in rowing on the lake. Therefor, we are happy that the lake can attract a world championship, also for Lyngby as a commercial city, when so many international guests come to visit us, said mayor of Lyngby-Taarbæk, Søren P. Rasmussen.
The theme of sustainability and the efforts to create green sport events is supported by Sport Event Denmark and the IOC.
- The sustainable Canoe Marathon World Campionships have now begun and we are looking forward to harvesting the experiences from these championships to be used for future events. With the royal visit, we have also been able to tell about the numerous green initiatives. Likewise, the Crown Prince had the opportunity to the carrying through of the event and the sport competitions, said Lars Lundov.
The WCH is arranged in a cooperation between Danish Canoe Federation, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Gladsaxe and Lyngby-Taarbæk municipalities, Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen.
The Branding Denmark Fund contributes to the PR and public exposure of the ICF Canoe marathon World Championships.

Photo 1: Henritte Engel from 361 Kano og Kajakklub is tripple world champion in marathon K2. Here she explains about the race and the tactics to.

Photo 2: Crown Prince Frederik in conversation with the two Danish U23 paddlers in the men’s K1, Orion Pilo from Maribo Kajakklub and Martin Larsen from Sorø Kajakklub.

Foto: Thomas Storch 
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Lars Bo,
20 Sep 2013, 11:03
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Lars Bo,
20 Sep 2013, 11:03