By Gary Ahuja, Langley Times
Georgia Ellenwood was a three-time participant at the Canadian Legion track and field championships, but the first time they are being held in her own back yard — Langley’s McLeod Park — she will be volunteering instead of competing.
But that’s OK with the Langley teen.
“I prefer to travel (for my competitions) anyways,” she said with a laugh.
Instead, Ellenwood will help out as part of the hurdles crew.
The championships, which will also be held at McLeod Park in 2014, run from Aug. 9 to 11.
They feature 1,000 of the top youth athletes in the sport from across the country, and many of them may be just like Ellenwood and go on to represent Canada in their later years.
Ellenwood, who turns 18 on Aug. 5, is one of Canada’s preeminent track and field stars.
She is representing Canada at the Pan American junior championships in Colombia at the end of August — her third international competition — and then leaves for her freshman season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers track and field team. All of this is in pursuit of her ultimate dream of representing Canada at the Olympic Games.
She is being touted as a potential participant for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Competing at the Legion track and field championships in 2010 as a 15-year-old was a real eye-opener for Ellenwood.