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Sudbury Catholic Schools, Key Player in LU’s New Track and Field Complex

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Dr. Judith Woodsworth, President, Laurentian University, Rick Bartolucci, MPP Sudbury, and Catherine McCullough, Director of Education, Sudbury Catholic Schools were on hand for the McGinty government’s funding announcement to invest $865,000 to upgrade the Laurentian Track.

May 22, 2008 - The Sudbury Catholic District School Board in conjunction with the three other school boards and the City of Greater Sudbury is proud to partner with Laurentian University to support upgrades to the Track and Field Complex on campus.

The City of Greater Sudbury and the four school boards, who operate the track in partnership with the university, will invest $600,000 and $225,000, respectively, in the project. 

"Each year our students look forward to taking part in the track and field events that are held here at Laurentian,” stated Catherine McCullough, Director of Education for Sudbury Catholic Schools at a media conference held this morning at Laurentian University. “This new state of the art facility will allow our young athletes to have fun as they take part in regular physical activity and enjoy a healthy lifestyle which translates into a healtheir community.”
 
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) also announced today a contribution of $865,000 to support upgrades to the Track and Field Complex, bringing total investments, as of today, to $2,190,000. 

"Our community has hosted important provincial and national level sporting events at Laurentian over the years and we will now be able to continue to do so on an improved track," said Rick Bartolucci, minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Sudbury MPP. "Renovations to the Laurentian Track and Field Complex will ensure Sudbury has a premier outdoor athletics event site in northern Ontario." 

Planned improvements to the Complex include rebuilding the tartan track, relocating the running pits and upgrading the sports field, lighting and stands. There is an urgency to renovate the Track and Field Complex to support Sudbury's bids to host the Ontario Summer Games in 2010 and the National Francophone Games in 2011, as well as future Paralympic activities and regional and provincial secondary school event competitions. 

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