The 2022 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic Is set for Tuesday evening, June 14th at the legendary Swangard Stadium. The event started in 1983 with the intent of celebrating the sport of track and field and provide an international competition to create the opportunity of Canadian athletes to reach the tough entry standards to the World Championships and Olympic Games. Over these decades, Canada’s international success has rocketed forward. At the last Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Canada ranked 5th in team scoring and won 6 Olympic medals.
Is this the Golden Age for track and field in Canada?
This sport known around the World as “Athletics “is totally booming as more and more countries have a growing domestic program to uncover hidden talent amongst the world’s youth.
This event on June 14th, for almost a dozen Canadian athletes who currently are on the bubble of selection is vital. They need the vocal support of thousands of screaming fans in the stadium urging them to achieve the tough entry standards. Think of this as the “Play-Offs” for out athletes. It’s “now or never” for those without entry standards. Crunch time is here!
Many of these athlete’s current marks are so close. I mean milliseconds. So close the human eye cannot measure the time. Our athletes face tremendous uncertainty: they need optimal wind conditions, favourable atmospheric temperature and no rain. They need stimulating competition and in the distance events, optimal pace making. Our Canadian athletes need an atmosphere created by a crowd of loud home supporters urging them for their greatest effort. The Greater Vancouver sports community needs to get their tickets now to cheer these athletes as they attempt to achieve their dreams. Here is a list of some of the Canadians on the bubble. So close…they need our help. Be there!
ON THE BUBBLE AT THE JEROME CLASSIC
In search of the World Athletic Championships Entry standards
Lindsey Butterworth British Columbia 800m Needs 0.04% faster
Seasonal best 1:59.59 Personal best 1:59.19 Entry standard 1:59.50 Differential -0.05 sec 0.04%
Michelle Harrison Saskatchewan 100m hurdles Needs 0.39%faster
Seasonal best 12.89 Personal best 12.89 Entry standard 12.80 Differential -0.09 sec 0.39%
Jessica Furlan British Columbia 3000m steeplechase Needs 0.80%faster
Seasonal best 9:34.32 Personal best 9:33.45 Entry standard 19:30.00 Differential -4.32 sec 0.80%
Rob Heppenstall Ontario Event 800m Needs 0.81% faster
Seasonal best 1:46.05 Personal best 1:46.05 Entry standard 1:45.20 Differential -0.85 sec 0.81%
Cameron Proceviat British Columbia 1500m Needs 0.83% faster
Seasonal best 3:36.80 Personal best 3:36.80 Entry standard 3:35.00 Differential -1.8 sec 0.83%
Luc Bruchet British Columbia 5000m Needs 0.73% faster
Seasonal best 13:19 est Personal best 13:12.56 Entry standard 13:13.20 Differential --5.8 sec 0.73%
Urge your family and friends to get to Swangard Stadium on June 14th to celebrate Canada’s greatest athlete of 2021, Damian Warner our Olympic gold medal winner in Tokyo. He was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy, the Lionel Conacher Award, The Canadian Press male athlete of the year. The 32 year old from London, Ontario will defend his title in the World Athletics Challenge- Combined events at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria on May 28th and 29th. Damian has entered the 110m hurdles and the long jump at the Jerome Classic on June 14th.
Tickets to the meet are now available online at www.harryjerome.com
For more information contact
Nigel Hole, meet director
Marek Jedrzejek, president Achilles Track and Field Society
Gary Kingston, media co-ordinator