Saint John, NB – This year is an exciting year at the track as the East Coast Games collides with the Canada Games Selection Trials. New Brunswick’s best athletes, under the age of 23, will be in the city vying for spots to represent their province in the 2017 Canada Games, taking place in Winnipeg in July and August of this year.
The track & field team being one of the last teams selected for Canada Games. As it is an individual event, the track & field team is selected to give athlete’s an opportunity to demonstrate competitive readiness as close to the event as possible and ensure the best athletes are named.
The trials will include NB’s top young track athletes including.
- Victoria Lebanc –Provincial record holder in multiple hurdle races
- Laura Dickinson –Double gold national medalist in 2016 / Top ranked Junior in 5000m
- Jennifer Bell – Shot Put – Holds multiple shot put provincial records
- Adrian Kinney – AUS Champion in 2017 in the 60m
The three-day meet sets track to be one of the growth sports of the East Coast games this year, not only because of the trials but also the inclusion of a Friday evening fun meet for athletes as young as 7, open competitions as well as masters’ events. “Our event will provide opportunities for athletes of all levels,” says Bill MacMackin, event organizer and 2017 Canada Games Coach. “The Trials, only enhance our event by bringing NB’s best Games-eligible athletes to our city over this weekend. We are thrilled to have it included in the East Coast Games this year.”
The track & field events have been scheduled to fit around Rugby 7’s which are also being held at Canada Games Stadium over the weekend. In addition, the Ultimate Frisbee tournament will host an exhibition match on Friday eventing while track events are taking place. This will result in a busy venue at UNBSJ with lots of excitement for spectators and athletes alike.