TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Athletics Ontario announced details today
about the upcoming Toronto International Track & Field Games (TITFG), a
spectacular evening of track & field taking place on July 11th at the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre. Officials confirmed that
2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep will be
joined by fellow Greater Toronto Area athletes Nikita Holder, Phylicia
George and former World Champion Perdita Felicien in the headline event
of the TITFG, the last stop on the National Track League (NTL) circuit
and final tune-up meet for the Canadian track & field team heading to
the London Olympics.
"The McGuinty Government is proud to promote Ontario's talented athletes
and highlight our commitment to youth, health promotion and high
performance sport through the TITFG," said Michael Chan, Minister of
Tourism, Culture and Sport. "This event is an excellent opportunity
for Ontarians and visitors alike to see our world-class athletes in
action - demonstrating that Ontario has what it takes to compete and
win in the international arena."
Other Canadians set to compete in Toronto who have met Olympic standards
include 1,500m Nate Brannen, sprinter Justyn Warner and Hammer Thrower
Sultana Fritzell. Additional Canadian and international athletes will
be announced over the coming weeks.
"With the London 2012 Olympics just around the corner and the
Pan/Parapan Am Games coming to Toronto in 2015, this year's meet is
especially exciting," said John Craig, TITFG Executive Meet Director
and Athletics Ontario representative. "This is a unique opportunity for
Torontonians to cheer on the champions of today, and the heroes of
tomorrow, on our home turf."
Officials also announced details about their quest to find Ontario's
Fastest Boy and Girl. Ontario students aged 11 and under will compete
in communities across the province for the opportunity to race at the
TITFG on the John L. Davenport Track at Varsity Centre. Regional
qualifying events will be held in various cities over the coming weeks
to find the fastest competitors, including Windsor, Hamilton, Guelph,
Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto and Huntsville.
"I'm proud to help launch the search for Ontario's Fastest Boy and
Girl," said Lopes-Schliep. "This program will engage young people from
across Ontario in the most inclusive and accessible of all sports,
while also providing an opportunity to meet members of the London 2012
In addition to being timed in 100 metre heats and meeting champion
athletes, trained coaches from local track clubs will lead Run Jump Throw clinics for boys and girls of all ages. The TITFG will also feature a
series of high school events designed to showcase Ontario's next
generation of stars as part of over two hours of evening competition in
front of over 4,000 fans.
To purchase tickets to the TITFG or for details on the regional events
being held over the coming weeks, visit www.totrack.ca.
SOURCE Toronto International Track
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