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Track and Field Meet Spotlights Athletic Excellence & Celebrates Grand Opening of St. Pat’s Track

The Lambton Catholic Sports Council track and field meet held at the newly constructed track at St. Patrick’s High School was a resounding success. The event showcased the athletic talents of approximately 400 students from grades 3 to 8 across Sarnia-Lambton schools.

The meet kicked off with an exciting opening ceremony, featuring a ribbon-cutting and a parade of athletes to celebrate the new state-of-the-art track. The St. Pat’s band played “Oh Canada” and other uplifting tunes, setting an inspiring tone for the day. Spectators and supporters who joined to cheer on the athletes contributed to making the day a memorable celebration of sportsmanship, inclusivity, and community spirit.

“We are beyond thrilled to host this incredible track and field meet at our new St. Pat’s track,” says Chris Kehoe, Superintendent of Education. “Witnessing so many young athletes compete and excel right here in our own backyard is inspiring.”

Track events included sprints, long-distance runs, and relays, while the field events featured long jump, triple jump, ball throw for junior and intermediate athletes, and shot put for senior athletes. A highlight of the meet was the POEPEL (People of Every Possible Educational Level) races, which highlighted the athletic achievements of students with special education needs.

The day was marked by community support and participation. St. Pat’s students and track team volunteered at the events, the special education team hosted a well-attended concession stand, and the staff and administration were present to cheer on the athletes. Feedback from parents, staff, and students was overwhelmingly positive, with many praising the new green track and the smooth execution of the events.

“This event is more than just a showcase of our students’ athletic abilities; it’s a testament to our community’s spirit, unity, and commitment to inclusivity,” says Scott Johnson, Director of Education. “Being able to bring together such a large number of students from across Sarnia-Lambton, right here at St. Pat’s, has been a deeply moving experience and a proud moment for all of us.”

St. Clair Catholic has launched a 50/50 raffle to support the new track and field facility. Raffle tickets are available to the public until June 20, 2024, and can be purchased at the meet or online at The final draw will be on June 21, 2024, with the winner contacted directly.

“The 50/50 raffle is an exciting chance for parents, staff, and community members to support our students and this amazing new athletic facility,” added Johnson. “We’re grateful for the community’s support and invite everyone to join in and participate.”