Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne
Almost 650 athletes, nearly 100 coaches and hundreds of volunteers gathered under the Prairie sun at Brandon’s brand-new athletics facility Aug. 11-13 for the 41st Royal Canadian Legion National Track and Field Championships. It is the only meet of its kind for under-18s and under-16s in Canada, the go-to event for aspiring young stars.
Over the years, the Legion meet has attracted the likes of Olympians Angela Bailey, Melisa Bishop, Angela Chalmers, Chamaine Crooks and Robert Esmie, to name just a few. This year, 10 meet records were broken, including four national age-group records. Here is a look at some of the action, the winners, and the promising talent over three days of competition.
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