Expression of Interest to Host 2021 and 2022 Legion Nationals

The Royal Canadian Legion is requesting expressions of interest to host the 2021 and 2022 Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships.

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Event Overview

The Royal Canadian Legion has organized and coordinated the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships for 42 years in support of Canadian youth and our communities. This national championship gives young Canadians 17 and under a chance to compete against the best, develop confidence and better understand the diversity of other sports-minded youth across Canada. The Legion’s national youth athletics program has gone on to see former participants garner both international and Olympic success, including renowned athletes Melissa Bishop, Aaron Brown, Alysha Newman, Dylan Armstrong and Glenroy Gilbert. 

Hosting Legion Nationals offers a unique opportunity to showcase your community, while leaving an athletic legacy to promote your city as a national sporting destination for years to come.

History of Host Cities

2019/20         Cape Breton, NS
2017/18           Brandon, MB
2015/16           Sainte-Thérèse, QC
2013/14           Langley, BC
2012                Charlottetown, PE
2010/11           Ottawa, ON
2008/09        Sherbrooke, QC
2007               Oromocto, NB

2021 and 2022 Event Summary

Submissions to host two consecutive years are preferred. The dates for 2021 and 2022 are August 4-10, 2021 and August 3-9, 2022.

By the numbers (estimated):

  • 800 athletes
  • 200 coaches
  • 100 competition officials
  • 40 Legion personnel
  • 300 event volunteers
  • 400 family members and friends
  • 1,000 local spectators
  • A national online reach of 75,000

Host Organizing Committee Requirements

  • Minimum 1,500 seat stadium with 8-lane track that includes all necessary field event facilities
  • Secondary track or large field for warm-up adjacent to competition stadium
  • Dedicated internet connections for live streaming, live results, and attending media
  • School dormitory and cafeteria to house 400 subsidized athletes
  • Hotel beds for approximately 800+
  • Facilities for medical staff
  • Facilities for technical meeting and other meetings as necessary
  • Hall, auditorium or similar venue for briefing and to host a 430 person banquet
  • Transportation shuttle/service from meet hotels to competition stadium
  • Established partnership with a local Legion Branch to support hosting the Championships
  • Sufficient technical staff and volunteers available to stage the event
  • Ability to generate the funds to cover local associated costs

Bid Timelines

Date Requirement 
Friday, May 17, 2019 Potential host cities deadline to provide an expression of interest   
Friday, May 24, 2019 The Royal Canadian Legion will provide detailed bid requirements and application to host for each expression of interest received 
Friday, August 30, 2019Host city application packages returned to The Royal Canadian Legion 
Friday, September 27, 2019 Host city selected 

Bid Information

If you have any questions or require additional information about The Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, please contact:

Lia Taha Cheng
National Meet Coordinator
The Royal Canadian Legion - National Headquarters
T: 613-591-3335 x224
E: ltahacheng@legion.ca