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News - RCL - 27 Jan 2012

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RCL: 27 Jan 2012
Jan 28th - PROVINCIAL TRACK & FIELD

The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command, will host the Winter Indoor Track and Field Championships at York University Saturday, Jan. 28.

Some 300 to 400 youth will gather at the Track and Field Centre at the Keele Campus to compete in the long jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put and 1,000-meter walk.

Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m.

Participants competing as youths must be 17 years old or under by Dec. 31, 2012, and midget competitors must be 15 years old or under by Dec. 31, 2012.

According to the legion's website, the track and field program of Ontario Command offers both a summer and winter meet to girls and boys 17 years of age and under. Athletes can compete at two other levels (zone and district) and those who qualify at these levels can progress to the provincial level. Those who qualify at the provincial level can advance to the national level. The provincial winter meet gives the athletes an opportunity to hone their skills and maintain their level of achievement in their various events.

At least 26 athletes, who competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, have come through the legion program.

Hockey star Wayne Gretzky participated in the legion's track and field program, winning a medal at the provincial level.

All Canadian medal winners at the 1984 Olympics came up through the legion track and field program, the website said.

Athletes do not pay to compete at legion track meets. Costs are covered by the legion, including transportation, accommodation and meals.

For information, visit www.on.legion.ca/youth/tf.asp

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