COPAC is in mourning, João Tomasini Schwernter passed away

“Tomasini was president of the Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC) and since December 18 he was admitted to the Marcelino Champagnat Hospital in Brazil due to COVID-19”

The president of the Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC), João Tomasini Schwertner, passed away this Sunday morning (17) at 10:57 am at the Marcelino Champagnat Hospital in Curitiba, Brazil, due to the complication of COVID-19. Tomasini tested positive for the disease on December 17 and stayed in the Intensive Care Unit where he stayed for 30 days.


Tomasini has been president of COPAC since 2017, he has also been president of the Brazilian Canoe Confederation (CBCa) since 1989, an entity he was primarily responsible for founding, he has also been a member of the General Assembly of the Brazilian Olympic Committee since 1989. As President of CBCa he has led numerous Organizing Committees in South American, Pan American and World championships held in the country. He was also 3rd Vice-President of the International Canoe Federation (2010-2014). João has always been an active leader both in Canoe at the level of Brazil and internationally as well as in the work for general sport, recognized and respected in the sports area.

On behalf of our president and his family, the Brazilian Canoe Confederation (CBCa) and the Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC) are grateful for the support received and countless support messages for João Tomasini.

Soon we will inform about his burial service.