Ottawa to host 2017 and 2018 Canadian Track and Field Championships
Ottawa – Ottawa will be hosting Athletics Canada’s Senior/Junior Canadian Track and Field Championships in both 2017 and 2018, at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility at Mooney’s Bay.
This national event will generate approximately $3 million in economic benefits in each of the two years.
“The City of Ottawa is pleased to welcome Athletics Canada and looks forward to hosting the athletes, coaches, families and spectators that will come here to compete, cheer and enjoy our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Canadian Track and Field Championships is an exciting addition to our Ottawa 2017 celebration.”
“Event Central and the Parks, Recreation and Culture department will be working with the Ottawa Lion’s Track and Field Club, one of the largest track and field clubs in Canada,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee. “Together, they will create an event that celebrates our nation’s best athletes and our country’s 150th anniversary.”
”I am pleased that this national sporting event will be hosted in Ottawa and right in River Ward at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility,” said River Ward City Councillor Maria McRae. “The City is investing more than $300,000 in upgrades to the facility in advance of the championships. These upgrades will benefit residents of my Ward, and across Ottawa for years to come.”
Athletics Canada CEO Rob Guy praised the City for the quality of its bid, noting that, “Ottawa is one of the best organized and most enthusiastic host cities. We had a great Championship when we hosted it here in 2006, and I am confident that the 2017 and 2018 Championships will be among the best ever. I hope everyone in Ottawa comes out to see and cheer the best Olympic and Paralympic athletes from across Canada.”
Athletics Canada’s Canadian Track and Field Championships is a four-day competition for the nation’s best Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The event serves as the selection trials for national teams, such as the World Championships, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and Pan/Parapan American Games.
The “Bid More, Win More, Host More” strategy – a priority of the Economic Development and Innovation Department – was developed to attract national and world-class events. These events create growth and prosperity in the local economy. Over the last few years, the combination of bids won and events hosted resulted in more than $40 million for Ottawa’s economy.
For more information on Event Central, visit ottawa.ca.