Mississauga track athletes stoked over major field upgrades 

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Published April 11, 2022 at 5:43 pm

A major upgrade at a high school is expected to provide better training opportunities for track and field athletes in Mississauga.

The joint project between the Government of Ontario, City of Mississauga and the Peel District School Board will see $1.3 million go towards the sports field at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School in Malton.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford was present at the school recently to announce the funding plan and said it will give student athletes and members of the surronding community an opportunity for higher quality recreational programming.

“There is nothing more important than investing in our youth,” said Ford. “We heard from students that a new sports field in Malton was badly needed and now we are delivering this to help them stay active and participate in the athletic programs and outdoor recreation they need.”

Mississauga-Malton MPP Deepak Anand, also on hand for the announcement, pointed out the area has turned out an Olympic champions in the past and now, with improved training grounds, the future for more athletes looks brighter.

“Mississauga-Malton is proud to be home to Carlton Chambers, retired sprint athlete from Canada, and a winner of a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metre relay at the 1996 Sumer Olympics,” said Anand. “With this historic investment we hope to foster the importance of community, healthy lifestyles, sportsmanship and train Olympic athletes right here in Malton.”

Chambers attended nearby Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Secondary School and is a member of  the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Work on the field is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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