On Wednesday June 22, athletes began to gather at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley for the start of the 2022 Bell Canadian Track & Field Championships.
More than 1,600 able-bodied and Paralympic athletes are registered for the national championships, which are taking place in British Columbia for the first time since 2004.
Langley Heptathlon Star Georgia Ellenwoodinterviewed on the track, told the Langley Advance Times that being forced to sit out this one, due to a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in February, was extremely frustrating.
“It drives me a little crazy,” she confessed.
Ellenwood, who has confirmed she will be working as a commentator during the event, is focused on next year when she is fully recovered and able to compete when Langley hosts the Canadian Championships again.
“I’m going to keep that in mind and work towards that for next year,” Ellenwood said.
Her recovery went very well, she reported, after being in a cast for two weeks, a boot for eight weeks and then learning to walk again.
“It’s cool to have one that’s actually in BC,” Riech remarked.
steeplechase runner John Homosexualof Kelowna, described himself as a “born and bred BC boy,” explaining that Langley Stadium was familiar territory, the place where he finished his high school career.
“There’s a particular sentimental value associated with the competition here,” Gay said.
Simon Nathan, Athletics Canada’s high performance director, expected close results and new names on the podium, partly because some familiar names had to pull out due to injuries, but also because ” we have new stars coming to light”.
“That’s exciting,” Nathan commented.
Langley Township originally hosted the 2021 and 2022 editions of the event, in July 2017.
But with the pandemic forcing the postponement of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as Athletics Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Trials, Langley’s dates had to be moved, with the township hosting the 2022 and 2023 events.
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