EDITOR'S NOTE: We've recently wrapped up the championship season for youth track and field in the U.S. and now the Canadians have held their Legion Youth Track and Field Champs.  We see some of these kids at the Hershey's North American Finals and thought you may like the links to some of the stories we've noticed this week about it.

A pair of Colchester County throwers returned home from the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C. with gold medals around their necks


Athletes from across Canada have packed away their gear and headed back to their communities after having spent several days in Langley at the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships Aug. 9-11. Approximately 1,000 athletes ages 14-17 came to compete.

Coquitlam’s Chanell Botsis really knows how to throw her weight around.



The 15-year-old won a gold and silver medal at last weekend’s 2013 Legion Canadian youth track and field championships at Langley’s McLeod Park. Botsis broke her own national record in the hammer throw to win gold in the U-16 girls category with a toss of 55.21 metres. She also picked up a silver medal in the U-16 discus with her throw of 36.40 m.

Chanel Botsis stood in the winner’s circle at the 2013 Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field Championshipsin Langley last weekend.

Two Markham track and field competitors rose to to the top of their class while competing at the 2013 Legion Canadian Youth Championships in Langley, B.C. last weekend.

It was his first Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, and expectations were already high for Lumby’s Jared Sexsmith. Sexsmith, a member of the Vernon Triple A Track and Field Club, delivered under pressure, earning a bronze medal in the 14-15 boys high jump last weekend in Langley.

Campbell River can now boast to be home to two National track and field champions. Competing against the best young athletes Canada has to offer at the Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships in Langley, both long distance running phenom Brendan Hoff and Campbell River Christian School's Nathan Downey came home sporting gold medals.
At the Canadian Youth Legion Track and Field Championships – held last weekend at Langley’s McLeod Park – both Jake Hanna and Ben Ingvaldson set personal bests en route to gold-medal performances.
Langley’s Hannah Rolfe soared to the gold medal in the midget (U16) high jump at the Legion Canadian youth track and field championships at McLeod Park over the weekend. Up until a few days before the competition, Rolfe was unsure if she would be competing. photo courtesy of Trent Rolfe

Charles Allen waits and watches the runners as they pick their 800-metre relay teams for a practice run around the oval track at Oakville’s St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School. The kids, members of the Oakville Legion Track and Field Club, probably are taking too long to choose their rosters but the 36-year-old former Olympian, one of the team’s three coaches, doesn’t interfere in the obviously joyful camaraderie among the teens.


The Nanaimo Track and Field Club saved its best for last. 2013 has been a big year for the club, but over the weekend they earned seven medals at the Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships in Langley. Leading the charge was Marita Deschiffart, 17, with gold in the youth girl's 2,000-metre steeplechase and bronze in the 4x100-metre relay, and Rachel Jerome who got silver in the midget girls long jump and gold in a record setting 4x100-metre relay.

The Cowichan Valley Athletic Club contingent at the Canadian Youth Legion Track & / Field Championships: Nicole Lindsay, Tia Baker, Jordyn Piercy, Natalie McFall, Casey Heyd, Ben Williams, Liam Lindsay and female athlete of the meet Chicago Bains. Missing are Lauren D'Agnolo and Taryn Smiley. The group included Team BC athletes from the Cowichan club, local athletes competing for the club, and a trio of UVic athletes wearing Cowichan colours to round out relay teams.  Photograph by: Submitted photo -  

Jasmine Lew of the South Fraser Track and Field Club won a pair of silver medals at last week's Legion Canadian Youth meet in Langley. PHOTO SUBMITTED