There is general information about the meets being hosted locally and nationally below
This is going to be an interesting summer. With the Olympic Trials, North American Indigenous Games, Canadian Francophonie Games, Tri-Province, Legion Nationals and Manitoba Summer Games, there should be something for just about everyone. I will make recommendations shortly as to whom should be attending which meet, based on age/ability appropriateness, length of season, and looking ahead to the fall (and perhaps some options). I am always open to discussion if you have any questions about what I suggest.
There are some changes with the demise of Legion Athletic Camp…. there will LIKELY be a trials meet piggy-backed onto a meet currently scheduled… however, it has not been decided how the team is to be chosen yet… nor has it been determined which meet. More information as it becomes available.
Generally, there are four “half-meets.” Two are hosted by the Bisons and two by WOA. These have not been added to the outdoor calendar yet.
Finally, there are no registration deadlines for the local meets, as yet. I will let you know as they become available.
Athletics Manitoba Spring Open
This is the traditional kick-off to the outdoor season and everyone, of all age classes, would normally run it. It is a full track meet with all events being run.
This meet has generally been a “we will run if necessary, but not necessarily run” meet. With its proximity to the AM Spring Open listed above, we will see who will compete and who will not. All are eligible to compete.
MHSAA Milk Provincial Championships (Brandon)
This meet features the cream of the high school crop and as indicated, is being held in Brandon this year. You will have needed to qualify at your zone meet previous to participating. Even if you have attained standard at a recognized meet, you still need to race at your zone meet. If you don’t, appeals have to be filed, many of which are denied.
Athletics Manitoba Junior High Championships
Competitors will typically attend this meet with their junior high, although individuals can register if their school is not attending. Application would be made through your school or as an individual.
To be selected for either of these meets, you will have had to declare that you are interested in participating in either of, or both these meets. Declaring interest, does not guarantee you are making one or both of the teams, however. If you declare interest, it also does not commit you to going. The Tri-Province meet is being held in Edmonton and usually teams come in from Alberta and Saskatchewan to compete against us.
Canadian Track & Field Championships (Oly Trials)
The trials are to be held this year in Montreal with teams being picked for the Olympic Games and the U20 World Championships. We will have athletes competing in both trials. The Championships are the premier event on the domestic Canadian track and field scene. They are being held in Montreal in late June.
To qualify for the meet, certain standards must be met.
Manitoba Age Class Championships (all ages)
This meet has historically been a trials meet. It is uncertain if it will be this year. It is our provincial club championship and most athletes will be competing in Winnipeg at the University Stadium. More information as it is received.
Certain years – Les jeux de la francophonie canadienne 2020 (14-18y)
One of the largest gathering of francophone youth in Canada, showcasing athletic prowess, leadership and the arts. The meet will be held in Victoria, BC. The selection process has been completed and we are just waiting to hear the announcement of the team! English Français
Certain years – North American Indigenous Games
A wonderful Mawio’mi (gathering of peoples) from all over Turtle Island (North America) is happening in Halifax in July highlighting culture, performances, sports and the arts. Trials for the different sports are occurring/ have occurred.
Tri-Province Team Challenge (U16, U18)
This is the one of the meets from which athletes were selected at June 12-13, 2020 in Winnipeg. Brandon is hosting athletes from Saskatchewan and Alberta in this yearly classic. There is a team fee for this event, as yet unknown. Also, in years past, we have entered as a club because it was cheaper and made our own arrangements. (Some have chosen to be part of the team.) Options will be discussed as we get closer to the meet.
Note: Club athletes do not have to attend Tri-Province practices. The exception to this would be if there are specific relay practices.
Royal Canadian Legion Youth Championships (U16, U18)
This meet is the zenith of the U16 and U18 seasons. The best athletes in those categories from across Canada are competing in Sherbrooke, PQ as they take the next step toward their athletic adulthood. (I liked the alliteration, sorry).
Because Legion Athletic Camp is no more, there will be a trials meet, however, cost is unknown until the mechanism of qualification has been determined.
The alternative is by meeting the standards set out in the linked technical manual on pp. 15-16 and paying your way. WOA generally helps out with expenses. A tentative schedule is included here. Note: This is last year’s technical manual (entry standards do not change significantly from year to year and this year’s preliminary schedule…. the new one have not been released on the Athletics Canada site as yet.
Certain years – Manitoba Summer Games (U14, U16)
Athletes from around the Keystone Province will converge somewhere in Manitoba to contest the Manitoba Summer Games in many different sports and age groups. If you attended Legion Nationals in Cape Breton the previous summer, you are ineligible for the Manitoba Summer Games (just so you know).