Event: Annual Dave Bleile Track Meet, hosted by Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD)
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Rain date: Wednesday, May 24.
Where: Legion Field, 11313-105 Street, Grande Prairie
Junior high student-athletes from across Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) have registered to participate in the annual track meet event honouring Dave Bleile, a former teacher who spent the bulk of his career at Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley.
Students compete in junior, intermediate and senior age groups. Results are compiled to identify winners in both small and large school categories, creating the potential for up to six schools to win plaques at the event. Last year's competition saw approximately 300 participants, and this year's event is expected to bring together 400 student-athletes.
Participating large schools include Clairmont Community School, Harry Balfour School, Hythe Regional School, Peace Wapiti Academy and Sexsmith Secondary School. Small schools competing in the event are Bezanson School, Elmworth School, Helen E. Taylor School, LaGlace School, Penson School, Rycroft School, Spirit River Regional Academy, Teepee Creek School and Woking School.
Darren Robertson, a teacher at Hythe Regional School, has been in charge of the Dave Bleile Track Meet for the past seven years.
"This is the last major athletic event of the school year for junior high students. It is a great way to end the athletic year as we bring all student-athletes from the Division together to compete," says Mr. Robertson.
The meet will include track races, hurdles, long and triple jumps, high jump, field throwing events, shot put, discus, and javelin.
"A lot of school pride is shown in the competition as schools compete against one another for plaques which are awarded to the top schools overall in each category," adds Mr. Robertson.
About the Dave Bleile Track Meet:
Dave Bleile became involved with organizing the County of Grande Prairie Track and Field Meet more than 30 years ago. In 1995, with the amalgamation of school divisions that led to the creation of Peace Wapiti Public School Division, the event became known as the PWSD Track and Field Meet. Following Mr. Bleile's retirement in 2010, his colleagues – many of whom were former participants in the event – moved to have the meet renamed in his honour. Mr. Bleile has continued to volunteer with the event throughout the years since his retirement.
Photo caption: Winners are announced at the 2015 Dave Bleile Track and Field Meet, Legion Field, Grande Prairie.