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CBC SPORTS STARTS THE COUNTDOWN TO LONDON WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2012 CANADIAN TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS

Canada's best compete in Olympic and Paralympic selection events for a chance to take on the world in London 

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The countdown to London continues on CBC Sports this weekend with live coverage of the 2012 Canadian Track and Field Trials presented by Timex Canada. Canada's best track and field athletes compete for a chance to represent our country and take on the world in London.

CBC's coverage from Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary begins June 29 with live streaming on cbcsports.ca from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET, followed on June 30 with two hours of live coverage on CBC-TV from 4 to 6 p.m. ET.  Saturday's coverage will also be streamed live online at cbcsports.ca.

"CBC Sports is proud of our commitment to Canada's amateur athletes," said Trevor Pilling, head of programming, CBC Sports. "The depth of their dedication and determination is inspirational, and every Canadian will have a chance to follow their quest to represent our country in London over these two days."

Hundreds of Canada's best athletes will compete in a range of track events including the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m finals, men's and women's hurdles, and field events with high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin and hammer throw all being contested.

The intensity of the competition could fall on the women's 100m hurdles as Perdita Felicien, Phylicia George, Nikkita Holder, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Angela Whyte and Jessica Zelinka all look to be in contention for three available spots.  Other notable battles include Sam Effah and Justyn Warner in the men's 100m and Dylan Armstrong and Justin Rodhe in the men's shot put.

Paralympic selection events will also be featured during the two days of coverage.  Of note, Michelle Stilwell will compete in the women's 200m para wheelchair, one of two events she set Paralympic records in when she won gold at the games in Beijing in 2008.

The veteran team of Scott Russell (@SportsWkndScott), Mark Lee (@MLeeCBC) and Michael Smith will call all the exciting action over the two days of coverage.

Canadians can support the athletes, and comment on the competition, through social media.  Eligible athletes will have their Twitter handles printed on their race bibs while @cbcsports brings the conversations together at cbcsports.ca/trackandfield.

 

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