MAKING STRIDES CAMPAIGN

Be part of a winning team!
Support the University of Toronto’s Track & Field High Performance Program

Please donate to the “Making Strides Campaign” – a $2 million fundraising campaign that will enable the continued development of the High Performance Program and secure it into the future.

We want to:

  • Increase the number and calibre of young athletes in the Junior Development Program
  • Not turn away any promising athlete on the basis of their inability to pay
  • Increase the number of athletes in all aspects of the program who meet national and international standards

We need your financial support to provide:

  • Additional coaching staff
  • Competitive honorariums for event coaches
  • Athletic scholarships
  • Program funding for training camps and for travel to competitions and training camps
  • Sport medicine and science support from specialists such as bio-mechanists, physiologists, physical therapists, nutritionists and sports psychologists
  • Dedicated state-of-the-art equipment

Our Vision
A High Performance Program for Excellence in Track & Field

The University of Toronto has world-class track and field facilities and a long-standing tradition of inspiring our track and field athletes to achieve excellence. A high performance program requires more than facilities and tradition though; it requires financial resources to focus on recruiting young talented athletes and helping them reach their potential at both the university and international levels. To support these athletes and advance their development, we need additional financial resources.

What makes an athlete great? Is it their natural ability, their determination, their heart and drive? Is it a superior facility in which to train and practice with other motivated athletes? Is it outstanding coaching? It is all of these things plus financial support for the athletes, program funding for training camps and travel to competitions, funding or sport medicine and science support from specialists and state-of-the-art equipment. In order to have a High Performance Program that can truly promote excellence in Track & Field, we need support from donors who believe in the future of our athletes!

Our “Making Strides Campaign” has a $2 million fundraising goal that will enable the continued development of the High Performance Program and secure it into the future.

Our Goals

The University of Toronto Track and Field Program consists of three programs that support and develop the athlete from childhood through university and beyond:

  • The Junior Development Program
  • The Varsity Program
  • The University of Toronto Track and Field Club

The goals of the programs are

  • To offer a continuum of track and field opportunities from junior development competitors to Varsity competitors to international and masters competitors
  • To attract, develop, retain and support student athletes and elite athletes
  • To provide an environment that is conducive to the development of the whole person
  • To provide the highest level of coaching, facilities and equipment, training and competition opportunities, sport medicine services, and sport science support.

How we will achieve our goals

  • Increasing our visits to elementary and high schools in the GTA area to recruit talented middle and high school student athletes to join the Junior Development Program and the Varsity Program
  • Increasing the recruiting efforts across Canada for Varsity athletes
  • Providing continuing education on modern training theory/principles, warm-up techniques, strength fitness, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, and specific technical event skills
  • Providing continuing education on nutrition, physiology and sport psychology
  • Providing enhanced professional technical, emotional and psychological support
  • Providing more year-round and international competition opportunities
  • Providing better and more year-round training opportunities, including more opportunities for participation in training camps
  • Conducting clinics and seminars at GTA schools as a community outreach and to enhance the athlete recruiting efforts
  • Providing more professional development for coaches.
Our Accomplishments

University of Toronto is Canada’s leading research-intensive university. Since 1827, there have been more than 500,000 thousand graduates, and among this group are our outstanding national and international-calibre athletes.

In 1902, a cinder track was first laid at Varsity Stadium. This investment established the University of Toronto as a premier training facility and was the first step in the journey toward becoming a destination for high performance track and field.

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.