The city of Edmonton is going to be hosting a major event in three years.
According to Athletics Canada, Edmonton has been awarded the 2015 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships. The competition will take place at Edmonton’s Foote Field.
Foote Field is also the host site of the annual Donovan Bailey Invitational. This year’s elite track meet is on July 16.
Athletics Alberta Executive Director Peter Ogilvie, an outstanding friend of Prospect Magazine, will play a key role in organizing the event. Edmonton defeated a bid from Kamloops, British Columbia.
The 2011 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships took place in Miramar, Florida, with Canada winning 14 medals. The 2013 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships will take place in Lima, Peru.
Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, won a Gold medal in the women’s heptathlon at the 2007 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Theisen has an outside chance of winning a medal for Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Other notable former Gold medallists in the competition include American Gold medallist Carl Lewis, Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor, Canadian Dylan Armstrong (hammer throw) and Jamaican sprinting great Usain Bolt.
This will be the fourth time Canada has hosted the Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships. They also hosted them in 1980 in Sudbury, 1993 in Winnipeg and 2005 in Windsor.