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Top Tri-City track athletes heading to int’l competition

A handful of Tri-City athletes will be heading to Kamloops next month to compete in the International Association of Athletics under-23 championships.

Benjamin Ayesu-Attah, who graduated from Heritage Woods in 2011, will join Team Canada in the 400 metre race, while Coquitlam runner Nathan George is also expected to compete in the same event.

James Linde, another Coquitlam athlete and 2012 Charles Best secondary grad, will be running in the 4x100 relay.

The trio will join 35 other Canadian athletes at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics championship, which will take place in Kamloops between Aug. 8 and 10.

“We have selected our best eligible athletes to compete against one of the strongest regions within the IAAF,” said Carla Nichols, head coach for the Canadian NACAC under-23 team. “The objective is that athletes compete at their very best while challenging for a place on the podium.”

The experience, she added, is intended to cultivate high-performance success and prepare the athletes for future international competition, including the Olympics.

The last time the event was held in 2012, Canada won 18 medals, including four golds, six silvers and eight bronzes.

For more information about the competition go to www.nacac2014.com.

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