April 14, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 2010 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships to be held in Moncton from July 19-25 were promoted this morning on the grounds outside the legislative assembly. Premier Shawn Graham welcomed the championships organizing committee.
"I am looking forward to the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton in July," said Graham. "In addition to showing the whole world that New Brunswick is the place to be for the best in sport, this event will generate almost $58.8 million in economic spinoffs and help our province move closer to self-sufficiency."
About 2,000 of the world's best athletes, 19 years old and younger, representing more than 170 countries will compete at the championships. Many will go on to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.
"The Government of New Brunswick is a proud public partner of the Moncton 2010 organizing committee," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert. "The accomplishments of this organization have been impressive. New Brunswick will be ready to welcome the world's best in July."
"In 2010, it is our hope the IAAF World Junior Championships will serve as a launching pad for our young people to learn about the sport of athletics," said Larry Nelson, president of Moncton 2010. "We are not only excited about the championship in July, but also about the legacies it will leave behind. The Run, Jump, Throw program will ensure increased interest in athletics from our young people. This is just one of many reasons our partnership with Athletics Canada and Athletics New Brunswick is invaluable."
A Grade 6 physical education class from George Street Middle School was on the grounds of the legislative assembly to demonstrate Athletics Canada's Run, Jump, Throw program. Increased youth involvement in such programs throughout New Brunswick will be one of many legacies of the championships.
"The contribution and vision by the Province of New Brunswick in supporting the World Junior Championships has already generated increased physical activity through the Run Jump Throw grassroots program in schools and clubs," said Joanne Mortimore, chief executive officer of Athletics Canada. "Coaching development and expertise will leave a lasting legacy in New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada and all of Canada that will extend for years following the nine days of competition in Moncton."
Harold Nicolson, president of Athletics New Brunswick, said, "Moncton 2010 is a dream come true. The legacy this event leaves for our sport in New Brunswick is awesome and the event will focus on the sport of track and field. We have come a very long way."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445; Jane Harwood, communications, Moncton 2010, 506-861-4524.