Cape Breton University will proudly welcome more than 900 athletes, and their families, and 200 coaches and officials will travel to Cape Breton to participate in the 2019 and 2020 Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships.
At a press conference on Monday, November 5 at Cape Breton University, the Royal Canadian Legion announced that Cape Breton will host the National Youth Track and Field Championships and that The Province of Nova Scotia is contributing $90,000 , Cape Breton Regional Municipality is contributing $100,000 and Cape Breton University is contributing $100,000 in in-kind support to ensure the games meet national professional standards over the two years the games will be hosted in Cape Breton.
“The athletes who will be participating in the Youth Track and Field Championship are our future Canada Games and Olympic Games athletes and we are honoured to be able to host them on our campus,” says CBU President & Vice-Chancellor, David C. Dingwall. “We are committing $100,000 in-kind contributions to the games and will be able to offer athletes world-class facilities infused with Cape Breton culture and hospitality.”
All of the competition will take place at the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex on the Cape Breton University Campus. Athletes will make the CBU residences their home for the duration of the games and when they are not competing, they will get to experience some of the top Cape Breton tourist attraction and true hospitality and culture.
“Locally we have 23 legions and 1300 members across Cape Breton Island. We are all looking forward to these games and welcoming the athletes to Cape Breton Island,” says Tom Young, Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, Royal Canadian Legion. “The local legions and members work hard to promote the mandate of the legion in supporting veterans, communities and youth in everything we do. We couldn’t be prouder to host these games with our generous partners and sponsors.”
The annual National Youth Track and Field Championships for youth 17 and under is the only sporting event of its kind in the country. The games will take place August 9 to 11, 2019 at the Cape Breton University campus. The national championships give young Canadians a chance to compete at a high level, develop confidence and better understand the diversity of other athletes in their sport from across Canada.