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

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.

About Ron Dekker

Ronald J. Dekker is an Executive Sales and Business Development Leader at Cisco Systems Canada. Dekker also serves as Board Chairman at X2O | Media and as Director at Esna Technologies. Before Cisco, Ron was CEO of Connex (formerly Cygnal Technologies), Canada's leading independent provider of wired and wireless communications networks. Ron previously served as VP Alliances & Business Development for Tandberg, the #1 global video communications company where he identified and engaged new market opportunities that delivered the Company's next generation of innovation and growth (before the Company was sold to Cisco). Prior to Tandberg, Ron founded and served as CEO and Director of OneConnect, Canada's first and market-leading IP services provider. Prior to OneConnect, Ron was President & CEO of Ericsson Wireless Internet and before that, President of Williams Communications Canada (WilTel/TTS) which he grew profitably before selling to Telus. Ron has extensive global experience in telecommunications markets, specific skills in management and strategic planning, and a proven track record of delivering strong leadership and profitability. Ron is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a charter member of the Academy of Technology CEOs (AceTech), volunteered for 6 rewarding years on the Board of Directors for the Children's Aid Foundation (www.cafdn.org) and currently volunteers as Event Chair for Community Rocks (www.communityrocks.ca) to raise necessary funding in support of intellectually handicapped people at Community Living Toronto. Cisco most recently appointed Dekker as Executive Lead for their Premier ICT sponsorship of the TO2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Ronald J. Dekker est un cadre supérieur des ventes et de l'expansion des affaires au sein de Cisco Canada. Il siège aussi en tant que président du conseil d'administration de X2O | Media et que directeur d'Esna Technologies. Avant de grossir les rangs de Cisco, Ron était chef de la direction de Connex (anciennement Cygnal Technologies), le premier fournisseur indépendant de réseaux de communication filaires et sans fil au Canada. Auparavant, il a joué le rôle de vice-président aux alliances et à l'expansion des affaires au sein de Tandberg, principale société internationale de communications vidéo, où il a précisé et tiré profit de nouvelles occasions de marché qui ont généré la prochaine génération d'innovation et de croissance de l'entreprise (avant que la compagnie ne soit vendue à Cisco). Avant cela, Ron a mis sur pied OneConnect, fournisseur de services IP chef de file numéro un au Canada, où il était chef de la direction et administrateur. Auparavant, il était président et chef de la direction d'Ericsson Wireless Internet et avant cela, président de Williams Communications Canada (WilTel/TTS), dont il a accru le chiffre d'affaires avant de vendre la société à Telus. Ron possède une vaste expérience mondiale des marchés des télécommunications et des compétences particulières en gestion et en planification stratégiques. Il a une feuille de route exemplaire en matière de leadership et de rentabilité. Ron est un membre de Young Presidents Organization (YPO) et un membre originaire de l'organisme Academy of Technology CEOs (AceTech). Il a fait du bénévolat pendant six années enrichissantes au sein du conseil d'administration de la Fondation de l'aide à l'enfance (www.cafdn.org) et occupe actuellement le poste bénévole de président de l'événement pour l'organisme Community Rocks (www.communityrocks.ca), qui vise à recueillir les fonds nécessaires au soutien de personnes présentant des déficiences intellectuelles à Community Living Toronto. Cisco a récemment nommé Ron au poste de cadre supérieur en chef de sa commandite Premier ICT des Jeux panaméricains/parapanaméricains de Toronto 2015.
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