February 23, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - Kamloops has been selected as one of two cities as a finalist to host the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships. Heading off against Edmonton, the City of Kamloops will present its final bid to the selection committee in Ottawa in May. The winning bid will be identified on May 24th, 2012.
The selection committee consists of representatives from Athletics Canada's provincial branches and national office staff as well as from the Competitions Committee, National Team Committee and athlete representatives.
"It is an honour to be considered as a potential host for an event of this calibre. It speaks to the strength and success of the Kamloops Track & Field Club and the quality of our facilities that has allowed us to be on this stage, among the bigger athletics facilities and centres across Canada. As home to Olympic medalist hopeful Dylan Armstrong, Kamloops knows the value of supporting sport and fostering local talent," said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.
The Pan Am Jrs, which include athletes under the age of 20, are held every two years, over three consecutive days, on a rotational basis between North America, South America and Central America. The Championships are held in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Panamerican Commission (PAC).
The 2011 Panamerican Junior Championships were held in Miramar, USA with over 350 participating athletes from 36 countries.
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Sean Smith, Tournament Capital Coordinator
City of Kamloops