by Tracktown Canada
Edmonton has been proclaimed Tracktown Canada
- and Tracktown Canada already has more major athletics events to look forward to.
Mayor Don Iveson presented an official proclamation making Edmonton Tracktown Canada at a news conference today. To take another step towards that goal, Edmonton was also announced as the host city for the 2015 and 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships. The 2016 championship will be the Canadian Olympic Track and Field Trials for those athletes wanting to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Edmonton has a rich and successful history in hosting athletic events both nationally and internationally,” said Mayor Don Iveson. "The declaration of Edmonton as Tracktown Canada clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuing to advance athletics in our city and country and instilling our city as a centre of excellence in athletics.”
The Chair of the Organization Committee for the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships (PAJAC), Jerry Bouma is extremely pleased with the Tracktown Canada proclamation and the announcement of the two Canadian national championships coming to Edmonton. Bouma says, "For Edmonton and its long history with athletics (and major events), this is about building on our storied past and continuing to inspire an exciting future.” The Panamerican Junior Athletics group is responsible for the delivery or the two national championships coming to Edmonton.
Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer Rob Guy made the announcement that Edmonton will host the 2015 and 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships at today’s news conference. “We look forward to working with the Edmonton 2015 PAJAC organizing committee in producing a great competition and a great event for the community” he said. “2015 will be a busy year for our athletes with the Panamerican Junior Championships, the Panamerican and Para Panamerican Games and the World Championships. This will be a great opportunity for Albertans to see our national team athletes in their final preparations for those events” Guy said.
“The Government of Alberta is proud to support the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton. Not only will we have the chance to cheer these athletes on, it’s a great opportunity to showcase the incredible spirit of culture and sport that make our capital city and province such wonderful places to live and visit,” said Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk.
Tracktown Canada will build on Edmonton’s success as a host city for athletics. Major events include the 1978 Commonwealth Games, 1983 Universiade Games, the 2001 IAAF World Track and Field Championships and the 2005 World Masters Games.
It’s well worth nothing that for the first time ever, the 2015 and 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships will also include the national Junior Track and Field Championships, bringing even more athletes and excitement to Edmonton.
In addition, plans are already underway for the annual Edmonton International Track Classic, to be held this year on July 5 and 6 at Foote Field. In just four years it has become one of the top 30 track and field meets in the world, making it one of the most sought after meets for athletes to complete in globally.
The announcements mean Edmonton will host six major athletics competitions in a three-year period and five events in 2015 and 2016 alone. They include the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships, the 2015 and 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships and the Edmonton International Track Classic in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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