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Track and field championships get the green light

Georgia Ellenwood captured four gold medals at the 2011 B.C. high school track and field championships. On Friday, B.C. School Sports announced the 2012 championships will be held as planned. The annual meet was in danger of being cancelled. - Gary Ahuja/Langley Times
Georgia Ellenwood captured four gold medals at the 2011 B.C. high school track and field championships. On Friday, B.C. School Sports announced the 2012 championships will be held as planned. The annual meet was in danger of being cancelled.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

The B.C. high school track and field provincial championships will be staged next month.

The decision to hold the respective provincial championships was left to each sports commission, with only mountain biking and golf being cancelled.

The high school spring sports season has been affected by the B.C. teachers' vote last month to withdraw their participation in all extra-curricular activities, including sports, graduation ceremonies and end-of-year celebrations.

Seventy-three per cent — 21,265 teachers — voted 'yes' compared to 7,846 'no' votes.

The vote was in response to the provincial government's Bill 22, the Education Improvement Act.

The Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club has already stepped up to help run the Fraser Valley track and field championships on May 15 and 17.

The meet serves as a qualifier for the B.C. provincial championships for Grades 10-12 students.

The meet will be June 1-2 at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium, while the multi-sport portion of the championships will be May 25-26 at Abbotsford's Rotary Stadium.

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