OTTAWA - It’s a trip to Ottawa the Turner family from Whitehorse, Yukon won’t soon forget – celebrating Canada 150 in the capital and then seizing the chance to cheer on hometown wheelchair racer Jessica Frotten, a family friend of theirs, at the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships now under way in Ottawa.
“It’s been great, the races have been fantastic, the athletes are amazing and so talented,” said Cheryl Turner, surrounded in the stands by her three young kids. “It’s good to see all the different kinds of athletes, all the different abilities and how awesome they still are and how they’re able to compete at such a high level.”
Frotten placed second yesterday (July 5) to Diane Roy in the 400 metres Para wheelchair race, in front of her hometown fans.
A who’s who of Para and able-bodied track and field are in town all week competing for the title of national champion at the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships.
A number of Para athletes who have earned the right to represent Canada at the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London, U.K. from July 13 to 23 competed in Ottawa on July 4 and 5, including: Marissa Papaconstantinou of Toronto, Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catherines, Ont., Pamela LeJean of Cape Breton, N.S., Ness Murby of Salt Spring Island, B.C., Jennifer Brown of Calgary, Renée Foessel of Orangeville, Ont., Ilana Dupont of Saskatoon, Sask., Jessica Frotten of Whitehorse, Y.T.
Full results are available at http://liveresults.athletics.ca/Live_Results/2017/Championships/
Additional Para athletics activity last night (July 5) took place at Athletics Canada’s annual Hall of Fame and Awards Gala, where Para athletics award winners included Alister McQueen receiving the Arnold Boldt Award as Para-Athlete of the Year in Ambulatory Events and Michelle Stilwell receiving the Chantal Petitclerc Award as Para-Athlete of the Year in Wheelchair Events.
Congratulations to Alister and Michelle!