Canadian High School Track and Field Athletes Go For Gold At Nike High School
High school track and field athletes compete across provincial borders for the
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."
High schools interested in participating in the 2013 Nike High School Grand
Prix are encouraged to visit http://www.highschoolgrandprix.ca/ for more
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.
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.
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