Celebrating Sports Day in Canada on Monday with Run Jump Throw

September 21, 2012

B.C. Minister of Finance Michael de Jong,  London 2012 Olympic medalists and B.C. Sports Hall of Famers team up to support Sports Day in Canada in Vancouver 

B.C. Minister of Finance Michael de Jong, London 2012 bronze medalists Brent Hayden (swimming), Christine Girard (weightlifting) and Emily Zurrer (soccer), B.C. Sports Hall of Famers Thelma Wright (athletics) and Andrea Neil (soccer), ParticipACTION’s Kelly Murumets and True Sport’s Karri Dawson join local children as they participate in a Run, Jump, Throw obstacle course to celebrate Sports Day in Canada, and the power of sport in your community and among family.

Monday September 24 at the BC Sports Hall of Fame


About Sports Day in Canada

Sports Day in Canada, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across Canada. Sports Day in Canada caps off a week of more than a thousand local events and activities, such as community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets, tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies, and includes a special television broadcast on CBC Sports. Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport, working with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. Sports Day in Canada is generously supported by Sport Canada, Subway Restaurant and New Balance Canada and is expanding its reach in British Columbia thanks to a first-ever provincial partnership with B.C.’s Ministry of Health.  For more information about Sports Day in Canada, please visit: http://www.cbcsports.ca/sportsday


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Athletics Canada publishes Olympic Games Selection Criteria

December 6, 2011

Athletics Canada published today its selection criteria for nomination to the 2012 Olympic Games team.  Athletics (track and field) at the Olympic Games in London, England takes place during the second week of competition – August 3 to 12.  The criteria reflect an athlete’s performance readiness to finish in the top 12, or top 24 for selected Rising Stars. 

The qualifying period culminates with the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials in Calgary, Alta., June 27 to 30 (www.2012trials.ca).  All athletes with aspirations to the Olympic team, outside of the 50-kilometre race walk and marathon events, must compete and finish in the top 3 at the Selection Trials in order to be eligible for nomination.     

Athletics Canada’s objectives for the 2012 Olympic Games include improving on the country ranking, number of overall medals, top 8 and top 12 finishes from recent Olympic Games and World Championships.  “Our results at the 2008 Olympic Games (in Beijing) were a clear improvement over Sydney and Athens, we’re looking at building on this success and we expect more in London,” said Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer.  In talking about the selection criteria Goulet stresses that one area in particular was the clear focus from the outset  “The heart of the 2012 Olympic Games selection criteria is in readiness to compete, a critical component when it comes to delivering performance on demand which is what the Olympic Games are all about.” 

Please follow this link to view the full selection criteria and qualifying standards

2012 Olympics Canadians Countdown: 10 Athletes worth watching

July 27, 2011

Courtesy: Vancouver Sun

The countdown is on to the 2012 Summer Olympics, but there is still plenty of work facing Canadian athletes in their quest to strike Olympic gold.

With one year to go until the opening ceremony at London’s Olympic Stadium, here are 10 Canadian athletes to watch in the months ahead, as Olympic qualifications continue and the clock ticks down to July 27, 2012.

Dylan Armstrong, shot put

Hometown: Kamloops

Age: 30

Armstrong came ever so close to winning an Olympic medal at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, when he set a Canadian record with a throw of 21.04 metres. But he proved to be just one centimetre short of hitting the medal podium, marking one of 10 fourth-place finishes for Canada in China.

The five-time Canadian champion won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and was fourth at the 2010 world indoor championships in Doha.

Check out the full list of athletes to watch HERE on the Vancouver Sun.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/sports/2012+Olympics+Canadians+countdown+athletes+worth+watching/5162066/story.html#ixzz1TJy8KmSF