Athletics Canada launches 10-meet national track and field tour for 2022 outdoor season

Regan Yee has felt the love and support of Canada’s Race Directors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The steeplechase runner recalled how he worked with athletes to plan strong performances by scheduling races later in the day when temperatures cooled.

“The difference between staying in Canada and going to the United States was that the races here were all about the success of Canadians,” the 26-year-old from South Hazelton, B.C. said in a statement released by Athletics Canada. .

“There’s a whole new level of support when I compete in Canada and that really makes a difference.”

Yee relied on local competitions and those featured in AC’s Tokyo qualifying series to reach the Olympic qualifying standard, doing so on the final day of qualifying in Montreal. This year, she and other Canadian women can better prepare for the world championships in July by competing on the National Track and Field Tour, it was announced Monday.

A series of 10 high performance meets, with a total purse of $400,000, is scheduled to begin May 14 and run through the world championships July 15-24 in Portland, Oregon.

Significant competitive opportunities

The tour was made possible through funding Athletics Canada received when it recently joined the silver, bronze and challenger series of the World Continental Athletics Tour.

According to Chris Winter, Director of National Programs and Safe Sport with Athletics, the purpose of the Tour is to provide meaningful competitive opportunities for athletes at home, help them earn valuable world ranking points and help develop the pool. talent for the future representation of the national team. Canada.

As travel restrictions persist during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yee sees the ability to compete in silver and bronze tagged races on home soil as a huge advantage.

“Being able to stay in the country takes a lot of the stress out of travel, and generally the more relaxed I am, the better I perform,” she said. “Having Canada’s inclusion on the continental circuit means my races would also have more value in the ranking system, which could be hugely important for the team’s future qualifying.”

Nigel Hole, race director of the annual Harry Jerome Track Classic in British Columbia, believes putting the event on the tour schedule should improve the caliber of competition.

He noted that last year’s competition suffered from a lack of international and even inter-provincial competition, but Harry Jerome organizers were rewarded with some of the best sporting performances the event had seen in its long history, including obstacle racer Alysha Butterworth, walker Evan Dunfee and Olympic-standard 5,000-meter specialist Luc Bruchet.

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