LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western fifth-year cross country student-athlete Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) is launching a School Spirit Contest for primary and secondary schools in the St.

John’s, Nfld. region as part of the lead up to the 2014 CIS Cross Country Championships on Nov. 8 in St. John’s.

The School Spirit Contest is designed as an opportunity for a school, team or classroom to show their school spirit through a video or photo. The best two entries will win a run clinic with the Trinity Western cross country team and prizes from TWU. Video or photo entries can be emailed to The running clinics, which will last an hour to an hour and half, will be conducted on Nov. 6

“The goal is that a school or a team or a classroom show us their school spirit in any way they think truly represents awesome school spirit,” said Jackson, who is one of TWU’s top cross country runners and finished fifth at last year’s CIS national championships. “It’s also a chance for TWU athletes to share their love of running and encourage others to work hard towards their goals.”

The winning teams will also be personally invited out to come and support the Spartans at the 2014 CIS Cross Country Championships, which are hosted by Memorial University at Pippy Park Golf Course.

The goal of the contest is to encourage positive role-modelling between university athletes and young athletes while also generally encouraging participation in cross country and camaraderie amongst athletes across the country.

“We want to grow the sport of cross country and build into our junior athletes, who will one day be our next Olympians,” Jackson said. “This is also a chance for university student-athletes to get a platform in which to share their joy of running and encourage community-focused attitudes.”

If other CIS cross country teams are interested in joining the contest and hosting their own clinics, feel free to contact Jackson.

The Spartans women’s cross country team is currently ranked No. 2 in the CIS Top 10 while the men’s team is ranked No. 8.

Both teams are competing in the B.C. Cross Country Championships Saturday at Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford, B.C.

This contest has been approved by George Stanoev, who is the technical director for the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA).