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Mar 19 2018 - Léonide Johnson

Athletics New Brunswick is saddened to announce the passing of Léonide Johnson, a longtime volunteer with the Royal Canadian Legion - New Brunswick Command.

  Born in Richibucto, Léonide Johnson passed away on March 11th at the age of 86. Johnson served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1952 - 1984, reaching the rank of Master Warrant Officer. Upon leaving the armed forces, Johnson became actively involved in the Royal Canadian Legion, serving as the President of Branch #30 and later as President of New Brunswick Command.

  Leo and his wife Jeanine served as Chaperones for Team New Brunswick at Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships from 1999 - 2001, and again in 2003.

  Johnson will be dearly missed by both the Legion community and the provincial track community, and will long be remembered for his service to Legion affairs in the province.

Mar 11 2018 - Atlantic Indoor Championships Recap

While university athletes were in action at the USports Championships in Windsor on Saturday, the Atlantic Championships took place in Moncton. The meet featured a delayed start due to weather conditions, but still brought together 170 athletes for quality competition.

- Shelby McIsaac of Riverview (ASEA) broke the provincial midget record in the pentathlon, scoring a total of 3032 points.

- Bruce Rosvall of Rothesay (SJTC) broke his own provincial record in the masters men's 50-54 60m, running a time of 8.18.
- Paul Gautier (SJTC) set a new provincial records in the master men's 60-64 high jump with a best attempt of 1.40m, and in the weight throw with a best of 16.51m.

- The ASEA midget girls broke the provincial record in the 4x200m with a time of 1:56.43. The relay team was comprised of Janelle Allanach of Dieppe, Erika Desprès of Moncton, Emily Doucet of Aldouane, and Shelby McIsaac of Riverview, 

- Rebecca Lagace of Saint John (SJTC) broke the provincial records in the master women's 40-44 high jump with a best attempt of 1.02m, in the long jump with a best of 3.01m, in the shot put with a best of 8.22m, and in the weight throw with a best of 9.10m.

The women's championship banner was won by Pictou County Athletics with a total of 258 points, followed by ASEA with 143, and Chebucto Athletics with 89. ASEA won the men's team banner with a total of 234 points, followed closely by Pictou County Athletics with 228, and Saint John Track Club with 171.

"These Championships were again a great success, and the close competition for the men's banner provided great excitement for all" said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "Our athletes will now begin preparing for the outdoor season, with the first competitions set to take place in early May."

Full results can be found here:

Mar 10 2018 - Dennis Furlong

It is with heavy hearts that Athletics New Brunswick announce the passing of a longtime member and former President.

Dennis Furlong passed away at the age of 72. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Dennis was a longtime member of the association and a dedicated volunteer. The Dalhousie resident was a competitive masters athlete and served as President of Athletics New Brunswick from 2004 to 2007. His accomplishments as an athlete include 15 provincial masters records, a 15th place finish in the M60 decathlon at the 2007 World Masters Championships, and a gold medal performance in the M70 decathlon at the 2016 Pan American Masters Championships. As President of ANB, Dennis led the association during the early preparation stages of the Moncton 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, and formed the ANB Development Task Force that put together a comprehensive plan to ensure future sport development.
Away from athletics, Dennis excelled as a family physician and former provincial politician. Throughout the 70's, 80's, and 90's, Dennis served as a representative of Restigouche in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Medical Society, and served on the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Lung Association; he later became President of all three organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Campbellton Regional Hospital, and served as a physician member of the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy. Dennis also formerly chaired the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, the New Brunswick Trauma System Advisory Committee, and the committee which successfully bid to host the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

From 1999 to 2003, Dennis represented Dalhousie-Restigouche East in the Legislative Assembly, serving as the Minister of Health and Community Services, Minister of Health and Wellness, and Minister of Education. Appointed by the Government of Canada in 2005, he also led the Fact-Finders' Report on the CFB Gagetown Herbicide Spray Programs.

Dennis was a valued member of our association and the New Brunswick community as a whole, serving as one of the province's most active volunteers and always showing true sportsmanship. He will be dearly missed by the athletics community.

2018-03-19 - Léonide Johnson
2018-03-11 - Atlantic Indoor Championships Recap
2018-03-10 - Dennis Furlong
2018-03-10 - NB athletes shine at USport Championships
2018-03-07 - ANB Athletes set to compete at USports National Championships

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