Melissa Bishop of Eganville, ON will open her competitions for the 2017 year in Windsor, ON on May 20th followed by three Diamond League meets in Eugene, OR, Oslo and Stockholm.
Melissa’s next stop is the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Classic in Coquitlam, June 28th at Percy Perry Stadium.
The University of Windsor graduate has faced more than her share of challenges during her amazing career. None more difficult than her long time and close relationship with her coach, Dennis Fairall. Last year, Melissa dedicated her win at the National Championships in July to the former University of Windsor coach. He has been diagnosed with a rare neurological illness, progressive supranuclear palsy.
Tim Huebsch of Canadian Running quoted Melissa,
“Dennis has been my entire journey,” says Bishop. “I wouldn’t be here without him so this is really dedicated to Dennis. We’ve been through ups and downs and he’s been there every step of the way. He’s a really special individual.”
Marek Jedrzejek, Chair of Athlete Selection for the Achilles Track and Field Society, spoke to Melissa’s coach this week and Dennis reported “I will not be on the sidelines in Coquitlam on June 28th with Melissa this year as I have done many times in the past”
You can be sure that Melissa, the bronze medalist at the 2015 World Championships and gold medalist in the 2015 Pan American Games, will be thinking of her coach as she attempts to win the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic and break her own meet record of 1:58.79
Tickets Sales going fast this week.
Act now to get your tickets at www.harryjerome.com
Remembers tickets do not guarantee seats, get there early as this will be Standing Room Only.
Gates 5:30pm Wednesday, June 28,
Coquitlam Town Centre.
Percy Perry Track is just an 8 minute walk from Evergreen Extension Lafarge Lake- douglas Skytrain Station
Canadian track and field athletes have set targets for the 2017 season now for gaining the opportunity to compete internationally, wearing the Maple Leaf.
There are several opportunities to gain selection
June 28th The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic, Coquitlam, BC
July 6th-9th Canadian Track and Field Championships, Ottawa, ON
Here are the international events our athletes are aiming for selection
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
The 34th Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic will be the last chance to attain the international standards required for selection to our national teams competing around the world this summer. The Canadian Track and Field Championships are often dominated by tactical strategies in the middle distances making fast times hazardous. Athletes want those standards before the final trial. It is expected that the Jerome Track Classic will be very critical step for those athletes still seeking standards for the 2017 season.
Here is a current list of Canadian leaders