A splendid sunny day on Lake Paola in Sabaudia was the setting for the National Canoe Trophy organized by the Italian Naval League (Lni) and the Italian Canoe Kayak Federation (Fick). The event, hosted by the Rowing Sports Center of the Navy with the organizational collaboration of the Lni National Nautical Center of Sabaudia, was strongly desired and supported by the LNI National President Donato Marzano together with the Federal President Fick Luciano Buonfiglio. The objective of the Trophy is to strengthen the synergy between the Naval League, the Federation and the Navy and encourage young people to approach sports, respect for the environment and promote the ethical values of canoeing.
After more than ten years from the last edition, 44 young canoeists (students, cadets and children categories) from 6 Sections of the Italian Naval League affiliated to FICK have returned to challenge each other in the waters of the lake: Bari, Lido di Ostia, Mantua, Molfetta, San Benedetto del Tronto and Taranto. The Apulian Sections dominated the ranking. The LNI Section of Molfetta placed first, the LNI Section of Bari in second place, and the LNI Sections of Taranto and San Benedetto del Tronto in third place with equal merit.
LNI National President Donato Marzano commented with satisfaction on the success of the event: “A beautiful day of sport and collaboration between the Italian Naval League, the Navy and the Italian Canoe Kayak Federation. Following the agreements signed with the Navy and the FICK, this day dedicated to canoeing was born, which saw many young athletes from our numerous Sections who love this sport compete. The outcome of this edition is very positive and we aim to make the National Canoe Trophy an annual event. An important occasion also to highlight the collaboration and organizational support of our National Nautical Center of Sabaudia which this summer has brought hundreds of children and teenagers closer to sailing, canoeing and rowing. A great job that sees young people at the center of the activities of the Naval League “.
Federal President of FICK Luciano Buonfiglio declared: “This day was a success for the canoe, for the Italian Naval League and for the Navy that hosted us. We have joined forces to boost the activities of the Naval League starting with the youngest. Dozens of kids from all the naval leagues met and it was a party of joy, aggregation and desire to have fun. This is the primary goal of the Federation. We also contribute to supporting the initiatives of the Naval League. “
The President of the Navy Sports Group CV Fabio Livraghi said: “The beautiful Rowing Center of the Navy of Sabaudia hosted this event which saw the participation of the Italian Canoe Kayak Federation and the Italian Naval League. We were helped by favorable weather conditions that allowed the boys who participated in the competitions to compete in maximum safety and have fun. The Navy promotes youth activity in all its forms and hosting events like this is certainly an honor and a privilege “.
At the end of the competitions, the awarding of the athletes followed. The race director Marcello Zaetta expressed his satisfaction for the excellent success of the event, thanking the presidents, technicians and accompanying persons of the participating Naval League Sections who contribute every day to the training of young athletes. Zaetta thanked for the organization to Giuseppe Perrini, sports and competitive manager of the Italian Naval League and director of the LNI National Nautical Center of Sabaudia, to Felice Taldone, head of the organizing committee and to the Navy which hosted the event , the boatswain Bartolomeo Napolitano, the safety manager Vito Tanzi and the race judges Anna Rita Placati, Enzo Borgonovo and Domenico Lananna who have contributed in a precious way to the success of this edition of the Trophy.