May 20, 2015
The rich and deep tradition of track and field in Vancouver will be celebrated again on Monday, June 8th at the legendary Swangard Stadium as international athletes from 16 countries come to Vancouver for the 32nd Annual Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic.
Will the next Canadian star be discovered in that weekend? The BC High School Championships will be held days before the Jerome Classic. Michael Aono and Zion Corrales Nelson will double back for this important debut on on the national scene. Raquel Tjernagel who leads the country in the 200m will likely pass this opportunity but will compete at the National Championships in Edmonton in July. Will these young athletes follow Harry's footsteps to the world scene?
Surrey's Christael Nettey certainly has followed Harry's path as she leads the world this year in the long jump with her new Canadian record of 6.93m. She will jump at Swangard on June 8th.
Vancouver's Liz Gleadle lives the same dream as she just broke the javelin Canadian record winning an international meet in Japan with 64.83m
Almost 400 athletes will again honour the world record holder and Olympic medalist, Harry Winston Jerome. His life was celebrated with the feature film, Mighty Jerome from the acclaimed filmmaker, Charles Officer.
The film features the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canada's most record-setting track and field star. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the triumphant and compelling story of what Harry Jerome's own coach called "the greatest comeback in track and field history.
Harry Jerome died in 1982 of a brain aneurysm at age 42 years. His grandfather John Howard represented Canada at the 1912 Olympic Games. Besides setting 7 world records, Harry won medals at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Of great significance this year is the fact that Harry won the gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg and this this Canadian athletes will try and duplicate this feat at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
48 years after Harry’s gold medal, the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic will be an important step as a qualifying competition on the “Road to the Pan Ams”. The selection of the team will close on June 14th so the Jerome will one of the last opportunities to claim a spot on Team Canada in Toronto.
Tickets available $10 general admission and 425 finish line at www.harryjerom.com.