Aug 7,2014(ISN) – Kamloops, BC – The 2014 NACAC under-23 Championships begin tomorrow in Kamloops, B.C., with a team of 38 Canadian athletes who will be able to count on home crowd support. Of the 38, ten athletes will compete in their home province.
The three-day event takes place at Hillside Stadium with free admission for all to take in some of the best under-23 athletes in the world representing 31 countries.
At the last edition of the Championships, in 2012, Canadian athletes came away from Guanajuato, Mexico with 18 medals, Canada’s highest total at this event.
Benjamin Thorne of Kitimat, B.C., and Jenna Westaway of Calgary, Alta., are the only Canadian team members to have represented Canada previously at a senior World Championship.
Thorne was part of the 2013 World Championships team where he finished 20th in the 20-kilometres race walk. He will represent all athletes in the opening ceremony by taking the athlete’s oath.
Westaway represented Canada in the 800-metres at the 2014 World Indoor Championships.