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Mar 26 2020 - Joni Colwell Selected as Female Apprentice Coach for 2021 Games

We are extremely excited to announce that Joni Colwell (ASEA), will be joining the 2021 Canada Games coaching staff as a coaching apprentice! Congrats Joni!

“Currently, I am the Head Coach for ASEA’s Junior Athlete Development Program as well as Assistant Coach with the Athlete Development and Masters training programs. I was also part of the 2019 Team NB Legion Nationals coaching staff in Sydney, NS. I am Sport Coach certified and Club Coach trained and am working diligently on obtaining my certification in Sprints/Hurdles.    My goals for this program are to gain a greater knowledge in short and long term planning, tapering, race prep, athlete psychology, as well as, staff planning and coordination. I am excited for what the next year has to hold and look forward to working with the 2021 Team NB Canada Games team and coaching staff.”

Mar 23 2020 - Update to ANB Members - Covid-19 Situation











Dear ANB members,

On behalf of your board and staff we certainly wish to express our profound regrets for the situation we all find ourselves in. “Unprecedented global phenomena” certainly are the defining words. We hope you are all safe, sound and in good health. Most importantly please do adhere to the latest emergency advisory issued by the Province of New Brunswick below. It is imperative we all do so.

As you will have noticed over the past 24 hours the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee have called on the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 LOC to postpone the Olympics until 2021, which now we expect will occur. Such a change will alleviate the unnecessary and detrimental pressures put on all aspiring Olympic athletes around the world over the past few months.

For your information your national body, Athletics Canada, played a leading role in the decision by the COC and CPC. We congratulate them in their leadership. You will also note below the follow-up actions taken by Athletics Canada including the cancellation of the National Championships in Montreal this June. Our hearts go out not only to the athletes but also to the organizers who held an outstanding championship competition in 2019.

These developments do highlight the need for us at ANB to find ways to assist you our athletes and coaches over this lock-down period as well as plan out contingencies, should we be in an extended period of restricted access or even lock-down.  After a discussion earlier today with staff here are the first two initiatives we are taking:

Over the next 24 hours, your senior ANB staff will be reaching out to all ANB coaches for input in terms of what they might have identified and developed as alternative best practices for athlete training at the present. This includes training methods as well as access to technical support and injury prevention/management. Ideally this collection of best practices will be made available on a centralized data center that you can all access. We will reach out to Athletics Canada and to our other PSO partners for the same. Effective immediately all ANB athletes and coaches are welcome to call on either Steve Leblanc or Chris Belof for any technical or training support (coordinates below). Most particularly we encourage those athletes who, for one reason or another, have no coaching support to reach out to them. They will be pleased to provide you feedback and possibly suggest coaching support (near-by or at distance) available to you should you be looking for an ongoing training program.

Finally, we encourage you to keep up to date on all new advisories issued by our province’s Public Health at the following:

Steve Leblanc - ANB Coordinator of High Performance– – 506-852-0325

Chris Belof – ANB High Performance Coach – – 506-638-2439

Mar 16 2020 - ANB Advisory and Recommendations COVID -19

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The ANB board is writing to provide its directive and recommendations to all ANB members and family members. As background and at this time, neither Health Canada nor the Province of New Brunswick’s Public Health department have issued a cease-all-activities order to National Sport Associations nor provincial ones. In NB there has been a call to cancel all activities with over 150 participants.

The purpose of all other directives (travel and other) taken by the Province of New Brunswick and its Public Health department, are in our opinion, threefold:

To ensure a safe environment for all our population To contain the spread of the virus or severely reduce the chance of any spread To better assess the extent to which the virus is present within our population (1 confirmed and 1 probable as of March 16th) – The measures put in place should allow Public Health to make that determination.

The ANB Technical Committee lead by Steve LeBlanc (ANB Dir. Of High Performance) and coach representatives from across the Province met on Saturday and have provided the board with the following recommendations.

“We discussed what each AC branch has done to this point as well as other NSO's and PSO's. We also considered that the timing right now puts most athletes in a transition phase between indoor and outdoor seasons, and most clubs would be operating in a part-time training mode at this time of year anyway.

While we were not able to come to a consensus on a specific recommendation per se, we were able to all agree that ANB should strongly recommend that clubs reduce the number of participants in attendance and perhaps the frequency of organized practices that take place over the next 2 weeks at minimum.”

We therefore strongly recommend that:

That whatever facility is hosting club practices that the leadership of the clubs is comfortable that procedures and the cleaning of these facilities meet the Public Health safety advisory. That every aspects of the practices meet guidelines issued by Public Health (see below) Clubs cease operating in regular manner, in particular, as it concerns training sessions that bring many athletes together in one place at one time. Group sizes should be limited to no larger than 15 athletes and less. In fact, individual or very small groups of 2 to 4 would seem ideal. Changing to outdoor training be encouraged where possible. Any athlete or parent/guardian of an athlete feel entirely at liberty to take more restrictive measures without any undue pressures.

For your information and to our knowledge here is a recap of what actions have taken place so far in our sport in our Province.

Facility Closures: The Gagetown military sport facility is closed, CEPS in Moncton is now closed, with the exception of the Physio clinic.

Clubs: The SJTC, Aetos, and Chaleur Clubs have ceased all regular practices until March 28th.

Universities: Both UdeM and UNB have ceased all varsity team training and activities as part of a curtailing all student activities until April 28th (and classes until March 30th).

The members of the ANB Technical committee and your Board and staff will continue to monitor the situation and public health notices and will provide further updates as needed and no later than next Monday March 23rd.

Please do ensure all ANB members independent of age, are aware of the Public Health notice below:

Stay well, stay connected, Stay healthy. Thank you.

Public Health Guidelines:

Washing your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of viruses) & following the recommended guidelines (minimum of 20 seconds) Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands as noted above) Players and staff should use their own water bottles to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing over 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available Avoid contact with sick people, including avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections Practice safe social distancing (maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing

2020-03-26 - Joni Colwell Selected as Female Apprentice Coach for 2021 Games
2020-03-23 - Update to ANB Members - Covid-19 Situation
2020-03-16 - ANB Advisory and Recommendations COVID -19
2020-03-13 - Updates Regarding Contacting Athletics New Brunswick Staff
2020-03-13 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Government of New Brunswick

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