Canadian High School Track and Field Athletes Go For Gold At Nike High School Grand Prix

 Canadian High School Track and Field Athletes Go For Gold At Nike High School  Grand Prix  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."  High schools interested in participating in the 2013 Nike High School Grand  Prix are encouraged to visit http://www.highschoolgrandprix.ca/ for more  information.  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.  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.  Media Contact: Laura Connor, Communications Specialist, TrojanOne  Laura.connor@trojanone.com | 416-355-2659  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2012/12/c6340.html  CO: TrojanOne ST: Ontario NI: SPORTS *  
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