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Track meet a golden event

Don Fennell   May-29-2018

BC Elementary Track and Field Championships founders, from left, Doug Clement, Diane Clement, Carl Savage and Kim Young were honoured Saturday during the 50th anniversary of the meet at Minoru Park.

Photo by Don Fennell


While the Beatles were singing about a “Revolution,” the Richmond Kajaks were talking evolution.

The local track and field club was only in its infancy in the mid-to-late ’60s, but founders Doug and Diane Clement were already looking to the future.

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With the help of a pair of Richmond teachers, Carl Savage and Kim Young, they started a provincial meet for children of elementary-school age. It proved so popular that it became an annual event, at its peak attracting as many 3,000 participants.

More than 1,600 athletes, competing in a variety of disciplines from sprints to distance, relays to high jump, and long jump to shot put, soaked up the positive vibe and warm sunshine last weekend atMinoru Park as the Kajaks celebrated the meet’s 50th anniversary.


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