Ottawa Lions look to grow number of officials

Tomorrow evening (Wednesday, June 10th) at the opening Twilight Meet of the 2015 season, we will begin our launch to re-build our “Ottawa Track & Field Officials Team” working towards our hosting of both the 2017 and 2018 National Championships in Ottawa. These championship combines divisions of Junior (Under 20), Open / Senior and Paralympic athletes.  This means athletes representing Canada (past / present / future) at the highest levels of the sport will be coming to the National Capital to battle for national titles and international team selections.  Over 1000 athletes in these divisions are anticipated.

“Not since the 1980’s when Ottawa played host to almost a decade National Championships has such a process been initiated through the City, Ottawa Tourism and the Ottawa Lions.  In 2017 and 2018 we want to see the majority of officials and technical support officials come from Ottawa”  states Ottawa Lions Head Coach, Andy McInnis. “It will become our championship hosting legacy to the sport for years to come.”  

National Championships Dates – Ottawa

2017 – July 6-9
2018 – July 5-8

The Level 1 primary clinics are to expose interested members to the sport in a 60 minute practical course (1 area of track event officiating / 1 area of a field event officiating).   There are no costs and all participants will then be registered as Level 1 Officials with Athletics Ontario.  There is no pass or fail associated with this process and no exam.   Over the next 1.5 years, this initial registration will then allow primary officials the opportunity to specialize and grow towards  Level 2 and 3 grades which will then open up participation in the 2017 and 2018 National Championship hosting.

Level 1 Clinic Dates:  Interested persons need only attend one date to initiate the process.

Wednesday, June 10              5:00 to 6:00 pm                      – Terry Fox Athletics Facility Finish Line / Twilight Meet #1

Tuesday, June 16                    6:00 to 7:00 pm                      – Terry Fox Athletics Facility Finish Line

Wednesday, June 17              5:00 to 6:00 pm                      – Terry Fox Athletics Facility Finish Line / Twilight Meet #2

Wednesday, June 24              5:00 to 6:00 pm                      – Terry Fox Athletics Facility Finish Line / Twilight Meet #3

There is no pre-clinic registration required but inquiry and questions can be directed to info@ottawalions.com