For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2010, Moncton: Athlétisme Sud-Est/South East Athletics Association and Joint Partner the City of Moncton win bid to host the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Track and Field Championships.
It was officially announced this morning that Athlétisme Sud-Est/South East Athletics (ASEA) association and its joint partner the City of Moncton were awarded the hosting of the 2013 and 2014 Canadian track and field championships.
ASEA Board Chair Marc Lalonde states “it is a great honour that Athletics Canada has bestowed on ASEA and our Joint partner the City of Moncton. It will be our opportunity to showcase Canada`s best athletes to our visitors and spectators, as well as the many television viewers from across the country. We can also be proud of the exceptional facilities we now have (legacy of this summer’s 2010 IAAF World Juniors), as well as our local organizational abilities to host two most memorable championships.”
“This is Canada’s premiere track and field event and the City of Moncton was very pleased to support Athlétisme Sud Est / South East Athletics in their successful bid to welcome the Nation to the Maritimes,” confirms Mayor George LeBlanc.
2013-14 Host Organizing Committee Chair Doug Robertson adds, “while 2013 may seem a long way off, we have lots of work to do. Our goal simply is to put on the best senior nationals ever. We are confident in our HOC, our partners, and that collective experience, and the can-do spirit that always makes the Moncton region shine. And building on our reputation as an internationally-recognized intelligent community, our HOC will be looking for innovative opportunities to bring leading edge technologies and technology practices to bear in hosting these games.
As it pertains to the impact on the sport of Athletics, Robertson states “These are certainly exciting times in track and field in the region ... our sport is growing and the interest generated by events such as the 2010 world juniors and last summer’s Canada Games on PEI are fuelling new enthusiasm and interest in the sport.
Lalonde further adds that “ASEA aims to leverage the hosting of these prestigious championships to double its organizational capacity over the next three years. With 11 instructors currently serving some 250 youngsters in South Eastern New Brunswick, we now believe that a world-class environment is being created for our association. It further insures that all local athletes (inclusive of PARA and visual impaired programs already in place) have the opportunity to reach their full athletic potential. This environment also promises that our region will witness the regular emergence of world class athletes for the years to come.”
For further information please contact:
Doug Robertson, Chair of the 2013-14 Hosting Organizing Committee, Tel: 506-857-8324
Marc Lalonde, Chair of the board – Athlétisme Sud Est / South Easth Athletics, Tel: 506-389-9934