Let's see if I have read this correctly; 'someone' in your editorial department is proposing that the Nanaimo and District Track and Field Club either share Rotary Bowl with the V.I. Raiders or move to Caledonia Park.
Some historical perspective is needed here.
In fact, Caledonia Park was at one time the practice facility for the track club and in addition, hosted club and school meets. In the early 1960's it was also the home of the Nanaimo Redmen Juvenile Football Club, winners of a Western Canadian Championship one year and a National Championship another year.
However, the track club realized that it was in need of a 'dedicated' track and field facility and entered into an agreement with School District 68, Nanaimo/Ladysmith to utilize a running track that existed behind NDSS.
I would not be qualified to accurately portray the countless volunteer hours and financial contributions from private individuals and companies, including support from the Rotary Club of Nanaimo, that have gone into the development of this facility over the past 30 years.
As for the track club you state that it is a "relatively small group of athletes and coaches." Did you know that there are more athletes registered with the club than there are V.I. Raiders? A good number of athletes have competed not only in club meets but provincially, nationally and some even internationally.
Who can question the success and dedication of the Raiders coaching staff and athletes? However, the issue here appears to be about an appropriate facility for each sport. There are facilities in this part of the world that combine baseball and football. Is that a viable option in this community? The Rotary Bowl is a space and facility (running, jumping and throwing) that has been designed primarily for track and field events and is utilized year-round by the track club, schools and the community-at-large.
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