Athletics Canada and track surfacing leaders Beynon and Playteck form new partnership
Five-year deal covers track systems and more in Canada
Athletics Canada is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with Beynon Sports and Playteck, becoming the Official Supplier of Track Systems for Athletics Canada. As part of the partnership and as a result of Playteck’s preferred relationship with UCS, members of Athletics Canada will also be able to purchase UCS equipment through Athletics Canada’s website.
In addition to their new status as an official partner, Playteck (a New Brunswick-based company), will provide resources to help interested parties build tracks and facilities in Canada. Playteck will also sponsor Athletics Canada’s annual Coach of the Year Award and have a hospitality presence at the annual Canadian Track & Field Championships.
“Playteck is recognized as a national and international leader in track surfacing,” said Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer David Bedford. “They have been building world-class surfaces across Canada and around the world, and we are excited to partner with an organization that is putting so much into the sport of athletics, from playground to podium.”
Beynon Sports showcases a renowned line of systems for outdoor, indoor and banked track installations. Beynon is currently the leading manufacturer of World Athletics Class I certified facilities in North America. Found in the world’s most celebrated athletic facilities, Beynon tracks have carried some of the greatest champions to record-breaking times. Most notably, Beynon has been the trusted choice of the University of Oregon’s legendary Hayward Field for over a decade. The venue, also known as TrackTown USA, is the site of elite U.S. track and field competitions and will be the host venue of the 2022 World Athletics Championships.
Beynon Sports is represented exclusively in Canada by Playteck Enterprises. Playteck has been installing, innovating and transforming the Canadian track market over the last 15 years. Alongside their Canadian-leading nine World Athletics Class II certified surfaces, Playteck recently completed installation at Brock University (venue of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games). Playteck has also been the trusted supplier of the University of Guelph, Gordie Howe Sports Complex (Saskatoon, Sask.), Canada Games Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island, Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary, Irving Oil Field House (Saint John, N.B.), University of Manitoba, Western University and countless additional university and college projects.
The Beynon / Playteck surface at Centre Claude Robillard, located in Montreal, will take center stage this June for the upcoming Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Trials presented by Bell.
“The track is one of the most important factors in an athlete’s performance on race day,” said Athletics Canada High Performance Director Simon Nathan. “The more athletes get to train and compete on top-quality tracks, the better results we will see, from the clubs, to the student-athletes, to the national teams.”
“At Beynon Sports, while we take pride in our history and our accomplishments, we are even prouder of the performance, longevity, resiliency and workmanship of our athletic surfaces” said John Beynon, President of Beynon Sports. “We look forward to partnering with Athletics Canada and together, helping to grow the sport of track and field in Canada.”
“At Playteck, we pride ourselves on not only delivering an outstanding product, but also an outstanding service. Our state-of-the-art materials, technology and installation techniques enable athletes to achieve the highest level of performance, all while providing a safe and secure environment,” said Mathieu Auffrey, President of Playteck. “It is a great honor to have been chosen by Athletics Canada as their Official Supplier of Track Systems.”
Playteck & Beynon to Provide Track Surfaces for 2021 Canada Games At Brock University
The 2021 Canada Games are coming to Brock University and its new Canada Games Park — a community athletics complex that will host a variety of sporting events, including track and field, during the country’s premier two-week showcase for young athletes. All track events at the new facility will be raced on a new Beynon surface which will include a warmup track within the new state-of-the-art facility. The track & field facilities’ design and construction is led by the consortium of Ritchfield Inc, Playteck Enterprises and The MBTW Group.
Officials awarded the $90 million design/build contract of the track facilities after profound research into the optimal surfacing and construction options available in the market. The venues are part of larger project that will result in the construction of the primary venues for the 2021 Canada Games: Canada Games Park and the Royal Henley Rowing Centre in Port Dalhousie. Both are considered legacy projects and are expected to serve the Niagara Region for decades to come. Brock and its partners — the City of St. Catharines, the City of Thorold and the Niagara Region — will own the facility, and the university will operate it in cooperation with both cities.
Canada Games Park, which broke ground in December 2019 on the Brock University campus, will host the wrestling, beach volleyball, volleyball, box lacrosse and track & field events. Brock University will host the athletes’ village, which is expected to house 5,000 athletes, coaches, managers and technical support staff. The Beynon tracks are slated for installation in May 2020.
The outdoor track which is planned to be certified World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Class II will feature Beynon’s most popular surface, the BSS 1000 with Hobart Texture. It offers a bio-engineered force-reduction layer integrated with fine SBR rubber granules to create an impermeable shock-absorbing cushion. Part of Beynon’s performance line, the system delivers optimal shock absorbency and superior energy return.
The 200-meter indoor track will feature Beynon’s leading indoor system, the BSS 1000 with Hobart Texture, which delivers exceptional shock absorption with a tunable force-reduction layer. Engineered to eliminate EPDM granule migration, Hobart Texture™ locks the granules with an exclusive binder and water-based aliphatic coating.
“It’s fitting that Canada’s finest athletes will be competing on Beynon surfaces,” said John Beynon, founder of Beynon Sports. “Just as they’ve trained for years to be the best in their sport, we’ve strived for more than four decades to provide the safest and highest-performing running surface in the world. We’re proud to be a part of the 2021 Canada Games.”
Beynon has been the trusted surface of numerous elite venues: U.S. Olympic Trials, Canadian Championships, World Indoor Championships, World Junior Championships, NCAA Division I, II & III Championships, Prefontaine Classic and more.
“As a leading provider of track surfaces in Canada and a longtime Beynon partner, we’re thrilled to be part of such an important national event,” added Mathieu Auffrey, president of Playteck Enterprises, which represents Beynon in Canada.
Playteck has been installing, innovating and transforming the Canadian track market over the past 30 years. Playteck is the trusted partner of the Irving Oil Field House, Cape Breton University, the Gordie Howe Sports Complex, the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba and countless other collegiate and municipal projects across Canada.
About Ritchfield Inc.
Ritchfield Inc is a leading civil contractor based in Guelph, Ontario with the ability to offer clients experience in the design, construction and maintenance of track and field projects across Ontario. The team members overseeing the design and construction of the Canada Summer Games project have been involved other high profile projects including the Toronto Pan Am Games Stadium Track & Field, Tim Horton’s Stadium Artificial Turf Field, University of Guelph Alumni Stadium Track & Field, York University Artificial Field, Oshawa Civic Complex Artificial Turf Fields & Track, Upper Canada College Artificial Turf Field, St. Andrew’s College Athletic Complex, Queens University Richardson Stadium Track & Field as well as numerous other municipal and institutional projects.
About The MBTW Group
The MBTW Group is an award-winning design studio located in Toronto, Ontario that offers a broad range of services to both private and public-sector Clients. MBTW’s Performance Sports and Recreation Team is recognized for providing feasibility planning, detailed design and construction administration services to a number of high profile athletic facilities, which include: Pan and Parapan Am Toronto 2015 Track and Field Venues at York University, Centennial Stadium and Birchmount Stadium; Parapan Am Toronto 2015 Tennis Venue at University of Toronto Scarborough, University of Guelph Alumni Stadium Track and Field; Oshawa Civic Sports Complex Track and Field; The National Soccer Development Center at the University of British Columbia; and Toronto FC Academy at Downsview Park.
Playteck Enterprises, Beynon Sports Partner with Athletics Alberta
North American leader in running tracks aims to assist growth in Athletics Across Alberta
Edmonton: Athletics Alberta, Playteck Enterprises and Beynon Sports are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement that will see the worldwide leader in track surfacing and their Canadian partner as the official suppliers of running tracks for Alberta’s provincial track and field association for the next 3 years through to 2021. Beynon Sports’ renowned line of products leads the industry in IAAF certified products and North American installations. Beynon’s premier track and field surfaces are found in the world’s most celebrated athletic facilities, carrying some of the greatest champions to record-breaking times.
Athletics Alberta’s Executive Director, James Rosnau stated “We are thrilled to be partnered with both Playteck Enterprises and Beynon Sports and their industry leading products. We have had a great experience with the Beynon products as we have recently hosted several major competitions including Olympic Trials in both 2012 and 2016 as well as the 2015 Panamerican Junior championships which were all staged on Beynon surfaces. Canada’s largest track is currently being built at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex in Saskatoon and we are delighted to be associated with the providers of this industry leading surface. We are certain this mutually beneficial partnership will collectively help us to further develop athletics-based facilities across the province by making our sport even more accessible and popular.
“We are most happy to partner with Athletics Alberta, one of the leading provincial sports organizations across Canada,” stated Mathieu Auffrey, President of Playteck Enterprises. “With our Beynon Sports surfaces, we are proud of the more than fifty tracks we have installed in all ten provinces across the country and we look forward to taking this to an even higher level in the years to come via our partnership with Athletics Alberta.”
“We are proud of the superior performance and long lasting benefits associated with our high quality sport surfaces,” stated John Beynon, President of Beynon Sports. “We look forward to this partnership as we continue to assist in the development of track and field across Alberta and indeed across the entire continent.”
Beynon Sports is exclusively represented in Canada by Playteck Enterprises Inc. Playteck has been transforming the Canadian track market with dozens of installations across every province in the country, now with eleven Class II IAAF certified tracks. University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, Foothills and Glenmore Athletic Parks in Calgary as well as Bonnyville’s Walsh field all feature Beynon tracks. Currently, Playteck crews are at work installing Canada’s largest track at nearly 12,000 sq meters at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex in Saskatoon, slated for completion in October.
Athletics Alberta is the provincial governing body for track and field including cross-country, road running, and road racing. Its purpose is to promote and develop the sport across the Province of Alberta while also focusing on athletes competing in high performance athletics geared towards national and international competitions. Athletics Alberta is a not for profit, organization operating under a board of directors elected by its regional members.
Beynon Sports Surfaces was founded by John T. Beynon with the vision of creating the highest performing synthetic surfaces designed for speed and competition, as well as daily training. Beynon’s premier track and field surfaces are found in the world’s most renowned athletic facilities, carrying some of the greatest champions to record-breaking times. In the spring of 2008, Beynon Sports Surfaces joined the Tarkett Sports family, combining the most recognized and prestigious name in the artificial turf market in FieldTurf with the celebrated Beynon Sports Surfaces’ branded track and field, fieldhouse, and gymnasium surfacing systems. The result is a global firm with unmatched financial strength and a dedication to innovation, customer service, and excellence. Through this partnership, clients receive unprecedented service, quality, and support as well as the financial backing to stand behind the products manufactured and installed.
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Specialized in track surface installations for more than 12 years, Playteck Enterprises has changed the face of Canadian track and field. Most notably recognized for their nation leading eleven Class II IAAF certified tracks and number of completed Canadian Full Pour projects. Dedicated to producing high-quality surfaces that promote increased athletic performance while respecting the environment, Playteck’s specialized crews offer unmatched quality and customer service.
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