April is still around the corner and Canada is still in deep freeze weather-wise and yet the outdoor season is underway down south of the 49th. Even as the sleet and snow is still a major factor from sea to sea to sea on our 150th year birthday, our athletes are beginning their drive for the success at the variety of selection criteria needed to fight for a spot on the national teams headed around the world.
June 28th The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic, Coquitlam, BC
July 6th-9th Canadian Track and Field Championships, Ottawa, ON
July 14th-23rd Commonwealth Youth Games, Nassau, BAH
July 21st -30th Les Jeux del la Francophonie, Abidjan, CIV
August 4th-13th IAAF World Championships, London, GRB
August 19th-30th FISU Universiade, Taipei, TWN
Alysha Newman set a new Canadian record this indoor season in the pole vault with her 4.65m in Toronto on January 21st. This 2016 Olympian headed down under to New Zealand and vaulted 4.50m in Auckland on the 26th of February. This London, ON vaulter took the bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Rachel Cliff, who narrowly missed the 2016 Rio Olympic team selection moved up from her usual 5000m and 10,000m distances to the Half Marathon in New York last weekend with a fine 1hour12:07. The Guelph graduate has personal bests of 15:23.94 and 32:21.98 for track favourites.