School Sport Canada Names Nike High School Grand Prix Participants

24 teams across Canada selected to compete in second annual high school track and field event

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Over 280 high school track and field student athletes from across the country have been selected to lace up their spikes in celebration of sport, culture and youth. Today, School Sport Canada announced the 24 teams selected to participate in the Nike High School Grand Prix, the first Canadian invitational track and field event for high school athletes, now in its second year. The 2013 Nike High School Grand Prix will be held on May 9-12 in Toronto.

The Nike High School Grand Prix brings high school student athletes, coaches, teachers, families and friends together to celebrate the sport of track and field. One male and one female high school level team from 12 provinces and territories have been selected based on merits of sportsmanship, excellence in sport, dedication to academics and school spirit. Participants will attend social events throughout the weekend, including Nike athlete panels, sightseeing tours of Toronto and an awards banquet.

"We received an overwhelming number of applications from high schools across Canada," said Karen Richard, President, School Sport Canada. "The Nike High School Grand Prix is an amazing opportunity for Canadian track and field student athletes to come together to develop new skills, make new friends and have the experience of a lifetime."

The Nike High School Grand Prix track meet will be held at the University of Toronto's Varsity Stadium.  Track and field events include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m run, 110m hurdles (boys), 100m hurdles (girls), long jump, high jump, shot-put, and the 4 x 100m cross-provincial relay.

"At Nike, we believe in building better athletes and helping them realize their maximum potential," said Eric Grimes, General Manager, Nike Canada. "The future of Canadian track and field athletes are in high school right now, so putting our support behind them with the hope of fostering their athletic career is one of our top priorities."

The 2013 Nike High School Grand Prix participating teams are:

British Columbia: West Point Grey Academy (Girls Team) from Vancouver, BC and Penticton Secondary School from Penticton, BC.

Alberta: Cochrane High School (Girls Team) from Cochrane, AB and Airdrie Koinonia Christian School (Boys Team) from Airdrie, AB

Saskatchewan: St. Mary High School (Girls Team) from Prince Albert, SK and A. E. Peacock Collegiate (Boys Team) from Moose Jaw, SK

Manitoba: Kelvin High School (Girls Team) from Winnipeg, MB and Neepawa Area Collegiate (Boys Team) from Neepawa, MB

Ontario:  École Secondaire Catholique Theriault (Girls Team) from Timmins, ON and Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School (Boys Team) - Toronto, ON

Quebec: Heritage Regional High School (Girls Team) from St. Hubert, QC and École Secondaire Odyssee Dominique-Racine (Boys Team) from Chicoutimi, QC

Nova Scotia: Cole Harbour District High School (Girls Team) from Cole Harbour, NS and North Nova Education Centre (Boys Team) from New Glasgow, NS

New Brunswick: Bonar Law Memorial School (Girls Team) from Rexton, NB and Bonar Law Memorial School (Boys Team) from Rexton, NB

Newfoundland: Gander Collegiate Concordes (Girls Team) from Gander, NL and Gonzaga High School Vikings (Boys Team) -from St. John's, NL

Prince Edward Island: Kensington Intermediate - Senior High School (Girls Team) from Kensington, PE and Colonel Gray Senior High School (Boys Team) from Charlottetown, PE

Northwest Territories NWT Storm - (Girls Team) and NWT Storm (Boys Team) Participating schools: Diamond Jenness Secondary School from Hay River, NT; Paul W. Kaeser High School from Fort Smith Region, NT; École St. Patrick High School from Yellowknife, NT; École Sir John Franklin High School from Yellowknife, NT

Yukon Yukon Girls (Girls Team) and Yukon Boys (Boys Team). Participating schools from Whitehorse, YK: Porter Creek Secondary, F.H. Collins Secondary and Vanier Secondary

The Nike High School Grand Prix is a joint venture between integrated marketing agency TrojanOne Ltd. and School Sport Canada.

For more information, visit www.highschoolgrandprix.ca

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

About Nike
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit www.nikebiz.com.

About TrojanOne Ltd.
TrojanOne is an Integrated Brand Activation™ agency with services in marketing, sponsorship consulting, promotional and retail activation, creative and digital development, event management, public relations, social media management and experiential marketing. Through the development of properties and execution of one-of-a-kind events, TrojanOne is respected as an industry leader. For more information, visit www.trojanone.com

SOURCE: School Sport Canada

For further information:

Emily Lamb
Communications, TrojanOne
(416) 355-2669
emily.lamb@trojanone.com