The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion

April 18, 2013 19:41 ET

Legion Receives PRESTIGE Award from Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 18, 2013) -

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The Royal Canadian Legion has been awarded the PRESTIGE Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games and Events) from Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA). The award recognizes the instrumental role the Legion has played for more than 50 years in organizing and funding athletics in Canada.

"The Legion's interest in track and field extends back almost half a century with the support of the Olympic Training program, national athlete clinics and coaching clinics," said Gordon Moore, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. "More than 10,000 volunteer hours are devoted to this annual event. It is the success of these early programs that has justified the Legion's continued commitment to youth by delivering the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships," added Moore. Most recently, the Legion's National Youth Track and Field Championships were hosted by PEI Command and took place on the grounds of the University of Prince Edward Island, and other locations on the Island. "PEI Command and the people of Prince Edward Island were tremendous hosts, welcomed us warmly and made a real difference in the overall success of these championships," stated Moore.

The Legion was selected to receive the PRESTIGE Award for its consistent funding of athletics for almost half a century. Since 1977, the Legion has sponsored thousands of Canadian athletes to reach their potential. Through this effort, a majority of Canada's track and field athletes have either passed through this program or have been directly influenced by it. As well, both national and provincial athletic associations have described the event as one of the best in the country.

"We are really pleased and very appreciative that our efforts to enhance comradeship, sportsmanship and membership for the past several decades under our Youth Athletics program has been recognized by the CSTA," added Moore. The Legion is honoured to have been competing with two events supported by TELUS - the 2012 Telus Cup of Hockey, and the Telus World Skins Game. "With organizations like Telus and the Legion supporting sports and athletics in Canada, there is great promise for Canadian athletes to develop and perform well on the world stage," said Moore.

Preparations are already underway to host the 2013 Legion National track and Field Championships in Langley, BC between 09 and 11 August 2013. Young athletes between the ages of twelve and seventeen interested in competing should contact their local Legion branch in order to get more information or visit our dedicated website called Young Olympians or www.yo.ca.

About the Legion

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Officers can assist and represent CF members Veterans, RCMP members and their families regarding disability claims or related issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB).

In communities across Canada, it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies, With more than 1,450 branches, The Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans housing, Long Term Care, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts. We will Remember Them.

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Contact Information

  • Bruce Poulin
    Dominion Command
    The Royal Canadian Legion
    1-613-591-3335 ext. 241
    1-613-292-8760 (Cell)
    bruce.poulin@legion.ca