University of Toronto Track and Field High Performance Program
We are a track club located in downtown Toronto with experienced coaches in all disciplines of track and field.
The success of our program speaks for itself. It’s clear that our accomplishments are a direct result of the quality of the coaching staff we have recruited, combined with the support from the many friends and alumni of Toronto Track and Field. With this assistance our coaches have created a total athlete focused environment whereby a young athlete is encouraged to dream about representing Canada at the highest level possible, and is then given the guidance, support, and training necessary to help that dream become a reality.
Bruce Kidd, Bill Crothers, Susan Bradley, Jill Woolley, Alex Zaliauskas, Ray Lazdins, Michael Smith and Massimo Bertocchi — to name a but a few — all came to this program as teenagers and left with the distinction of having represented their country at the Olympic Games, a tradition of athletic excellence that lives on to this day. Distance athletes Sasha Gollish and Gabriela Stafford, as well as 400m hurdler and Olympian Sarah Wells all started as Junior Development athletes and are now competing on the world’s biggest stages.
They say that behind every successful athlete there’s a team working hard to support him or her. Here in Toronto, we are fortunate to have some of the hardest working and most dedicated coaches the sport of track and field has ever seen.
Hec Phillips coached a number of Olympians in the 30’s and 40’s, while Hal Brown and Fred Foot continued the tradition in the 50’s and 60’s. In fact, Foot had at least one athlete in every Olympics from 1952 – 1984, a phenomenal accomplishment for a coach in any sport.
In the 1970’s, 80’s, and early 90’s, Andy Higgins and Zoltan Tenke not only coached numerous University of Toronto teams to OUA and CIAU (modern day CIS) titles, but also coached many athletes on Canada’s Olympic teams.
Our coaches have always believed in the strength of sport as a vehicle to instil values in our young student-athletes: right versus wrong, the importance of family and friends, work ethic, dedication, how to win with grace and lose with dignity — lessons which transcend the track and resonate with our athletes well past their athletic careers.
Children between 7 to 12 years of age learn the proper techniques and concepts of these essential skills, which they can then transfer to other sports or the arts.
Intro to Training
The intro training group is for young athletes who want to train, participate and compete in track and field as a team. Athletes 9 to 12 years of age will train together twice a week in all event disciplines.
University of Toronto Track and Field High Performance Programs
The junior development program hopes to encourage youth aged 12- 18 to aspire to personal excellence through participation in track and field.
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues Track & Field program is a winning team made up of varsity athletes who compete for the University of Toronto.
University of Toronto Track and Field Club
This program is made up of post collegiate and high performance athletes who wish to continue to train and compete at the National and International Levels.
UTTC Masters Program
Our masters program welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities looking to train for events from 400m to the marathon.
University of Toronto track and field athletes have competed at the Olympic Games 81 times and the FISU World University Games 62 times. Some amazing feats have been accomplished on the Varsity track over the years including Bill Crothers’ defeat of world champion Peter Snell in 1965 at 800m and David Bailey’s first sub-four-minute mile on Canadian soil in 1967. The Festival of Excellence at Varsity Stadium in 2009 welcomed some of the world’s top athletes; among them Olympic Gold Medallist and world record holder, Usain Bolt.
Today, 80 athletes participate in the Varsity Program, with another 290 in the Junior Development, University of Toronto Track Club and Masters programs. In 2015 and 2016 the women’s Varsity team won gold at the Canadian University Championships. The Track Club has won the Athletics Ontario Overall Indoor Club Championships for the past five consecutive years while the Masters was the top scoring club at the Ontario Masters Indoor and Outdoor Championships for the past four years. In 2015, the Junior Development team won the Junior, Youth and Midget divisions at the Athletics Ontario Championships. Two Toronto track and field athletes participated in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and four competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.