Media Advisory: Athletics Canada to host press conference, street exhibition and grassroots initiatives at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on June 12

Ottawa Athletics Canada, in partnership with the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) and City of Toronto, will host a press conference in advance of its Nathan Phillips Square Track Takeover on Tuesday, June 12.

The four-hour event, which gets underway at 10 a.m. with a Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel clinic for youth aged 6-12, will give fans an unbelievable experience and the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in Canadian track and field, and witness some of the world’s top athletes compete within arm’s reach. At the conclusion of the high-performance exhibition that will feature the 60-metre sprint, high jump and pole vault, Athletics Canada and Canadian sprint sensation Andre De Grasse will open the 60-metre Mondo track to anybody across the GTA for a chance to win a pair of Championships Passes to the 2018 NACAC Championships (Toronto 2018: Track & Field in the 6ix) as part of the All Comers Speed Challenge.

What: Track and field street exhibition, press conference, grassroots initiatives and open sprint challenge

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

10 a.m. – Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel (grassroots programming, featuring special guest Andre De Grasse)

11 a.m. – Press conference
-Victor Lopez, NACAC President
-Mathieu Gentès, Athletics Canada’s Chief Operating Officer
-Andre De Grasse, triple Olympic medallist, Canadian Champion and Canadian record-holder (men’s 200-metres and 4x100-relay)
-Alysha Newman, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Canadian Champion and Canadian record-holder (women’s pole vault – indoor and outdoor)

11:30 a.m. – Men’s high jump

12:15 p.m. – Men’s 60-metres

12:20 p.m. – Women’s 60-metres

12:30 p.m. – Women’s pole vault

1 p.m. – All Comers Speed Challenge (open to men and women of all ages)
Click here to watch a video of Andre De Grasse challenging sprinters across the GTA

Who: Athletes from across the NACAC region. To view a complete list of athletes competing in the Nathan Phillips Square Track Takeover, please click here.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ont.)

The Nathan Phillips Square Track Takeover will serve as the first official event of the 2018 NACAC Championships (Toronto 2018: Track & Field in the 6ix) that will take place from Aug. 10-12 at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium. For more information, please visit or

To secure interviews with Canadian athletes taking part in the Nathan Phillips Square Track Takeover, please contact:
Amanda Nigh, Athletics Canada
Manager, communications and marketing

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