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Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club receives Trillium Grant
andrew brethauer February 15th, 2012

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club received $80,800 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and will use that money on new equipment that will continue to expand the track and field programming in Sarnia.

Bob Bailey MPP for Sarnia Lambton was unable to make the presentation said in a statement  "I'm very pleased to present $80,800 on behalf of the Ontario Trillium Foundation to the Sarnia Athletics Southwest Minor Track and Field Club,"  "The sense of belonging, fun, and healthy environment that the Sarnia Club provides is important for fostering interest in amateur athletics and healthy lifestyles in our community." 

Mr. David Wright of the Ontario Trillium Foundation was on hand making the presentation on behalf of Bob Bailey to Joel Skinner, Head Coach of the Sarnia Southwest Track and Field Club

Mr. Wright  thanked Bob in his comments for his support of the Trillium Foundation.  He also thanked Sarnia Lambton Tourism for their support in this project.  With great support from local government and community it helps the Trillium Foundation in making grant application decisions .  He also commented that 120 million dollars are given out to projects across the province each year.

"The new equipment will held us attract new athletes to the sport as well as train our existing athletes," said Joel Skinner, . "We are thankful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation's commitment to the fostering of healthy living through Sports and Recreation in our community."

The Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club supports 35 - 40 members from secondary and elementary school ages.  The club trains in both the summer and indoors during the winter.   The club run's development camps in the summer and host The St. Pat's Invitational and LSSAA finals. 

The equipment the Sarnia Club will purchase with the money includes 20 collegiate aluminum hurdles and hurdle cart, 10 Newton Elite Blocks, a hammer throw conversion circle, 20 and 25 lbs throwing weights, steel discuss circle, a high jump pit system, a poll vault pit system which will be a new event to Sarnia, as well as other equipment.




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