Greetings from those who make the Legion Nationals possible

Message from the Dominion President

I am pleased to welcome you to a new city and a new venue for the 46th annual Legion Nationals. Calgary is a fun, dynamic place and I know you will enjoy your time here!

Underpinning these games, is always an important commemoration related to our Veterans. This year, we commemorate our mission in Afghanistan from 2001-2014. We ask that you take some time to remember all those who served during that mission, and to thank those who continue to help maintain our freedoms at home and abroad.

Whatever your goals - from improving your personal best, to winning a gold, to making this the first step towards a future Olympic games - you can achieve some of your dreams here.

On behalf of everyone at the Legion’s Dominion Command, we admire how hard you have worked to be part of this competition. We thank the many volunteers and sponsors, and the full organizing team including our friendly and generous hosts here in Calgary.

Have fun!
Bruce Julian, Dominion President
The Royal Canadian Legion

Message from the Sports Committee Chair

Welcome to Calgary!

You, your family, your coaches and your communities have put a lot of time and effort into your training to get this far. Congratulations! Now, it’s your chance to show everyone else what you can do.

These are the only championships of their kind in Canada. We are proud to offer these games to allow hundreds of our country’s greatest under 16 and under 18 youth athletes to compete and grow.

You can count on an exciting weekend of competition where you will also learn about leadership and teamwork and will come away with new friends. With competitors from across our great country, you will also have a chance to learn more about the different regions of Canada and our impressive diversity.

On behalf of our Legion members in 1,350 branches across our country, good luck!

Go Teams!
Brian Weaver, Dominion Command Sports Committee Chair
The Royal Canadian Legion

A message from Jyoti Gondek, Mayor of Calgary

It is with great excitement that I extend a warm welcome on behalf of my City Council colleagues to everyone attending the Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships, hosted right here in Calgary.

Calgary is proud to host this prestigious event showcasing more than 900 Canadian athletes. This weekend, friends and neighbours from across the country will gather to enjoy the incredible skill and talent that will be on display. I am particularly proud of our local athletes who will have the opportunity to compete on their home track at a national level, inspiring us all with their passion and determination.

Calgary is a young, diverse, and dynamic city. While we know this weekend has a packed competition schedule, we hope you squeeze in time to explore our many world-class attractions, parks, pathways, restaurants, entertainment venues, and shops.

The Calgary Track Council, in collaboration with the Local Organizing Committee and the Royal Canadian Legion, has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this championship. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the organizers and volunteers for their time and energy.

Here’s to an unforgettable 2024 National Youth Track & Field Championships! I am sending strength to all the athletes as they take on everything this weekend has to offer.

Sincerely,
Jyoti Gondek
Mayor of Calgary

A message from Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

As His Majesty the King’s representative in Alberta, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in Calgary.

For over 50 years, the Royal Canadian Legion has provided the opportunity for young Canadians to train and compete in track and field sports. The only national competition for youth athletes, the Legion has created an invaluable place for the next generation to hone their athleticism and leadership skills whilst encouraging a sense of sportsmanship, camaraderie and community.

To all the young athletes, I offer my sincere wishes for success as you compete in your respective events over the next few days, and extend my gratitude to all the coaches, family members and friends who have joined us to support the participating athletes. I hope that those who travelled to Calgary will take the opportunity to explore our beautiful province while you are here.

Good luck to you all and enjoy the weekend!

Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE, BSc, LLD (hon)
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta