Elite track and field athletes compete in Montréal
On your marks, get set… go see Olympic and Paralympic heroes like sensational sprinter Andre De Grasse when Montréal hosts the 2019 Canadian Track and Field Championships for four days this summer. And it’s only fitting that they be held in Montréal — the event can trace its very beginnings back to the city.
Montréal: a competition city
The Canadian Track and Field Championships, organized by Athletics Canada, is taking place from July 25 to 28 at the Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard, a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose sports facility that plays host to many national and international sporting competitions. The event, which serves as the Canadian national championships for the sport, has its humble roots in Montréal. Starting in the 1870s, annual track and field competitions were held by the Montréal Lacrosse Club. Intermittently, these competitions served as the Canadian Track and Field Championships, with the first national championships taking place in 1884. This legacy will be carried forward by this year’s championships, which will see athletes vying for the honour of being crowned Canadian champion as well as earning a place on the National Team for the 2019 IAAF World Championships and 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.
Elite athletes in action
Canada’s elite Olympic and Paralympic athletes — wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos, pole vaulter Alysha Newman, high jumper Derek Drouin and shot putter Brittany Crew, to name but a few — will be fighting for top spot in events that also include discus, seated shot put and javelin, long jump, all manner of sprints and more (see the full schedule). One name to keep an eye on will be that of sprinting star Andre De Grasse, the first Canadian runner to win three medals in a single Olympics, a silver and two bronzes in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. De Grasse has battled back from injuries the last two seasons, and recently ran his first under-20-seconds time since the Rio Olympics. His return to top form is made even more exciting as he comes to Montréal looking to earn a spot on the Canadian IAAF World Championship team in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Your ticket to sports greatness
Accessible and family friendly, a range of affordable passes are available for the event, starting with the $20 Day Pass, to the $50 four-day Championships Pass, to the $150 four-day VIP Pass (which includes access to a VIP area serving complementary food and beverages, in-and-out privileges as well as a keepsake event pass and lanyard). Admission is free for children 12 and under.
Jamie O’Meara, blogger
Jamie O'Meara is Editor-in-Chief at C2 Montréal and the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.