May 29, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - The Kamloops Bid Committee for the 2015 Pan Am Junior Track and Field Championships were pleased with the strength of their bid presentation, made to Athletics Canada last week in Ottawa. Edmonton was awarded the event, and the Kamloops Bid Committee is pleased for their Committee and wishes them well in hosting this major event.
Athletics Canada, recognizing the strength of the Kamloops bid and the desire to host, instead asked the Kamloops Committee to host the 2014 Under 23 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships. This is an equally significant international Track and Field Event, governed by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).
This is an exciting event to be asked to host. Two athletes per country per event could attend this event. The estimate is that approximately 500 athletes, coaches and team staff would attend the NACAC U23 Championships.
"We are excited to get the chance to work with Athletics Canada and showcase Kamloops to the NACAC Athletics and look forward to a fantastic event in 2014," said Byron McCorkell, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director for the City of Kamloops.
Countries in NACAC include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherland Antilles, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, U.S. Virgin Islands.
"The committee went to Ottawa looking for one event and came home with an exciting alternative. This is an event that will attract significant attention for Kamloops. For the NACAC Athletes it would be a stepping stone to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil," said Bob Cowden, Chair of the NACAC - Kamloops 2014 - Track and Field.
"The Kamloops Track and Field Club is excited to host this event as it will be the second high-level IAAF sanctioned event in Kamloops. The athletes involved are usually preparing for a World Championships or Olympic Games," commented Judy Armstrong, President of Kamloops Track and Field Club.
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Judy Armstrong, President
Kamloops Track and Field Club
Sean Smith, Tournament Capital Coordinator
City of Kamloops