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Media Advisory: Canada’s Kate Van Buskirk joins Aaron Brown and Justyn Knight to preview 2018 NACAC Championships

Opening press conference to feature athletes from Cuba, Jamaica and the USA

TORONTO – Athletes from throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean have arrived in Toronto to compete in the 2018 NACAC Championships / Toronto 2018: Track & Field in the 6ix. The three-day event, which runs from Aug. 10-12 at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, will feature more than 500 athletes in 42 track and field events.

What: Three of Canada’s finest – sprinter Aaron Brown and distance runners Justyn Knight and Kate Van Buskirk – in addition to athletes from Cuba, Jamaica and the United States, will assemble trackside at Varsity Stadium to meet with media representatives to provide an update on their respective seasons and to discuss what’s on the line in Toronto.

The press conference will be emceed by Canadian record holder Rosey Edeh (400-metre hurdles), while triple Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse will lead the athletes through a question and answer session. At the conclusion of the press conference, the six athletes and NACAC President Victor Lopez will be available for brief interviews.

When: Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.

Where: Varsity Stadium (100-metre start line) – 299 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ont. (media credentials will be available at the box office located at the Bloor Street entrance from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Who:

  • Victor Lopez, NACAC President
  • Team Canada
    • Aaron Brown (200m) – Olympic bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games silver medallist
    • Justyn Knight (5000m) – NCAA Champion, World Championships finalist
    • Kate Van Buskirk (5000m) – Commonwealth Games bronze medallist
  • Team Cuba
    • Yarisley Silva Rodríguez (pole vault) – Olympic silver medallist and World Champion (indoor and outdoor)
  • Team Jamaica
    • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (100m) – Olympic Champion, seven-time World Champion
  • Team USA
    • Kendra Harrison (100mH) – World Indoor Champion (60mH), currently ranked first in the World

Members of the media looking to cover the 2018 NACAC Championships / Toronto 2018: Track & Field in the 6ix, including the opening press conference, are asked to fill-out the media accreditation request form located on the Championships webpage.

Please note, there is no parking on-site at Varsity Stadium. Members of the media are encouraged to use the TTC Subway, exiting at St. George Subway Station or the Museum Subway Station. Additional information on how to get to Varsity Stadium, including a map of parking lots nearby, can be found here.

For more information on the 2018 NACAC Championships / Toronto 2018: Track & Field in the 6ix, visit www.athletics.ca/toronto2018.

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Nigh
amanda.nigh@athletics.ca

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