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COVID-19 pandemic cancels 2020 season for Prince George Track and Field

Decision leaves coaches without summer jobs, athletes to receive refunds
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Masich Place Stadium (via Hanna Petersen).

More spring and summer sport seasons are being impacted in B.C.’s northern capital as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With physical-distancing now a critical factor in combating the virus each day, the Prince George Track and Field Club (PGTF) has cancelled its entire 2020 season to ensure health and safety of athletes, families and coaches.

President Elena Thomas says the decision was made with ‘heavy hearts,’ especially since its main training facility, Masich Place Stadium, is among several City facilities closed until further notice.

“We are extremely sorry to leave you in the lurch without athletes and summer jobs,” says Thomas in a statement to coaches. 

“Please understand that we are still committed to helping you develop as a coach. If before the next season begins, you are interested in attending any coach professional development activities that could be shared with the club, please contact the board. We will do our best to support you. We do hope to offer at least one coach training program at the beginning of next year for any new coaches starting out.”

Meanwhile, Thomas explains athletes are expected to receive refunds for outdoor-season fees and are advised to contact the PGTF directly if they don’t get them back by the end of May.

She adds Track and Field athletes that graduated high school last year can still apply for scholarships before the July 31 deadline.

More information is available on the PGTF’s website.

The club is scheduled to host the 2021 BC Athletics Track and Field Championship Jamboree at Masich Place Stadium.