The South Simcoe Dufferin Track & Field Club is an incorporated non-profit organization. The club was formed in 1970 with the amalgamation of the Tottenham and Orangeville tracks clubs. A short time later the Huronia Striders track club based out of Barrie dissolved its membership. At that time many of the athletes from the Huronia Striders integrated into the South Simcoe Dufferin Track & Field Club.
The club has been based out of Barrie for a number of years now with the majority of our membership being from the City of Barrie. However, we do attract athletes from centres throughout the region including Collingwood, Midland and Orillia to the north and west of us and from Bradford and Alliston areas to the south. Over the years we have maintained a healthy steady membership of between 85 to 90 members but recently there has been a noticeable increase especially those athletes in the elementary school ages. We have 7 full time volunteer coaches and an additional 3 part time volunteer coaches that specialize in the various events and disciplines of the sport.
We are members of Athletics Ontario and the Minor Track Association of Ontario. Through those associations we are also a member of Athletics Canada.
Our mission is the development of young athletes in the various Track and Field disciplines from Elementary School ages through High School and into the Senior and Master ranks throughout our region. We are a year round club training and competing in an Indoor Season from January to March, an Outdoor Season from April to August and the Cross Country Season from September to November.
A significant number of our athletes have achieved National Team status and have represented Canada at the highest level of international competition including World Championships, Pan American Games and NACAC. We are equally as proud that over the years 90 plus athletes have attended colleges and universities on full athletic scholarships in the United States and over 200 athletes continue to compete while attending universities and colleges in Canada
South Simcoe Dufferin Track & Field Club