Nike High School Grand Prix: The Ultimate High School Track & Field Challenge
For Canadian high school track and field athletes, hard work and training is about to pay off! In May 2012, 312 young athletes will bring their best to Toronto, to compete in the Nike High School Grand Prix. On February 6, 2012, School Sport Canada – in a joint venture with integrated marketing agency TrojanOne – teamed up with event sponsor Nike Canada and Canadian Olympic hurdlers Perdita Felicien, Phylicia George and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, to announce the launch of the first-ever Canadian high school invitational track and field competition.
“Working with School Sport Canada and Nike to bring the Nike High School Grand Prix to life has been an exciting process,” said Mark Harrison, president, TrojanOne. “When we came to Nike and School Sport Canada with the event, we could all immediately see that this was an unique way to bring high school athletes together. The Nike High School Grand Prix will be a premier, once-in-a-lifetime track and field experience for all participants that we hope will create lasting memories.”
Uniting high school athletes from across Canada in a celebration of sport, culture and team pride, the objective of this initiative is to inspire excellence in high school athletes, while bringing together students, coaches, teachers, families and friends to celebrate track and field as a sport. Student athletes will be immersed in an environment in which they can develop new skills, while making new friends and experiencing the pinnacle in Canadian track and field athletics.
With 200,000 high school track and field athletes across Canada, Nike High School Grand Prix will unite 312 high school-level athletes, representing 24 teams – 12 male and 12 female – from 12 provinces/territories. It will consist of a 10-event track and field competition, including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m race, 110m hurdles (boys), 100m hurdles (girls), long jump, high jump, shot put and the 4x100m cross provincial relay.
Although the competition itself will take place on May 12, the experience is one that will last the entire weekend with athletes participating in numerous social and educational events including seminars, keynote speakers and tours of Toronto, the hosting city. The Nike High School Grand Prix competition will take place May 11 – 13, 2012 at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Centre.
For more information about the Nike High School Grand Prix, please visit www.highschoolgrandprix.ca.