Canadian High School Track and Field Athletes Go For Gold At Nike High School Grand Prix
TORONTO, May 12, 2012
High school track and field athletes compete across provincial borders
for the first time
TORONTO, May 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, over 250 track and field athletes
from across Canada will compete in the Nike High School Grand Prix -
Canada's first invitational high school track and field event. Launched
by School Sport Canada - in a joint venture with integrated marketing
agency TrojanOne and sponsored by Nike Canada - the Nike High School
Grand Prix aims to celebrate sport, culture and youth, while inspiring
Canada's 200,000 high school track and field athletes to raise the bar.
"The goal of the Nike High School Grand Prix is to bring Canadian track
and field student athletes together in a celebration of their sport,"
said Doug Gellatly, President, School Sport Canada. "We hope that when
this weekend is over, the participants will have developed new skills,
made new friends and had an experience of a lifetime."
Since arriving in Toronto on Thursday, track and field athletes
representing 22 schools from 10 provinces and territories across Canada
have been taking part in social and educational activities leading up
to today's track and field event. These activities included a guided
tour of Toronto's most popular cultural destinations and advice and
insight from Canadian Olympic heptathlete, Jessica Zelinka.
The Nike High School Grand Prix events include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m
and 1500m run, 110m hurdles (boys), 100m hurdles (girls), long jump,
high jump, shot-put and the 4 x 100m cross-provincial relay. One male
team and one female team will be declared the event winner at an awards
banquet held this evening.
"At Nike, we believe in the power of sport and its ability to transform
lives," said Tracie Chiarella, Brand Manager, Nike Canada. "The Grand
Prix will be a great opportunity for Canada's high school track and
field athletes to compete at a national level for the first time ever
in this country."
The location for the 2013 event has not yet been announced.
About School Sport Canada
School Sport Canada (SSC) is the national body for school sport in
Canada. SSC is the largest structured sport organization in Canada,
with over 750,000 student athletes, 52,000 volunteer teacher coaches
and 3,200 schools in the member provincial and territorial federations
and associations. SSC member associations and schools promote and
advocate for positive sportsmanship, citizenship and the total
development of student athletes through interscholastic sport. For more
information, visit www.schoolsport.ca.
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