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Ready, set, go! Cisco and the Toronto International Track and Field Games

- June 24, 2013 11:41 am

Cisco is proud to support amateur sport in the communities across Canada in which we live, work, learn and play. Sport excites us, and perhaps unlike anything else, can deliver the moments we remember for a life time.

We remember our Canadian Olympians and their inspiring performances, we remember Joe Carter’s home run in 1993 that brought a second World Series to our country, and I think most of Toronto is still re-living those unforgettable 12 minutes (and four goals) that separated Leaf Nation from round two of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Whether we love them or loathe them, our sporting moments stay with us. And at Cisco we believe in making moments for the next generation of Canadians.  It’s in this spirit that we joined forces with the Toronto International Track and Field Games this spring to introduce the Cisco Fastest Kid in Ontario competition.

Nasi Willabus – Stephen wins the Cisco Fastest Kid (Boy) competition at the Toronto Track and Field Game. Mundo Sport Images/Geoff Robins

Nasi Willabus – Stephen wins the Cisco Fastest Kid (Boy) competition at the Toronto Track and Field Game. Mundo Sport Images/Geoff Robins

After eight regional qualifiers, the competition culminated in two final races – one for boys and another for girls – which took place on June 11 at the 3rd Annual Toronto International Track and Field Games.

Watch the Fastest Boy and Fastest Girls finals.

The event was incredible. We celebrated youth and amateur sport at the University of Toronto with 40 Olympians from 15 different countries.  Simon Whitfield, Canadian Olympic Gold- and Silver-medalist, participated in the ProAm relay race with our own Cisco employees!  We were honoured to have such a celebrated athlete on our team.

Simon Whitfield takes the baton for Cisco during the ProAm relay race. Mundo Sport Images/Geoff Robins

Simon Whitfield takes the baton for Cisco during the ProAm relay race. Mundo Sport Images/Geoff Robins

The words on Simon’s shirt say it all, even if our team didn’t reach the finals. Mundo Sport Images/Geoff Robins

The words on Simon’s shirt say it all, even if our team didn’t reach the finals. Mundo Sport Images/Geoff Robins

University of Toronto Track Coach Carl Georgevski and his colleagues at Varsity Stadium are busy developing our next generation of contenders for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and the Rio Olympics in 2016. As we say at Cisco, Tomorrow Starts Here – and you can trust we will be inspired!

Now also seems right to say that I also appreciate the work we are doing with the University of Toronto, a globally recognized leader in engineering, where the innovation potential of our youth and our nation is inspired every day. They are truly making a difference in Canada, and for that I thank them.

My thanks to all the competitors and organizers of the Toronto International Track and Field Games, and to all the Olympians who participated.  Please join me in congratulating the winners in the comments below.

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