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Aug 19 2012 - Team New Brunswick excel at Youth National Championships

Charlottetown, PEI- Team New Brunswick captured a total of 6 medals (3 silvers and 3 bronze) at the 2012 Legion National youth Track and field Championships. 

On Day 1 (Friday August 17th)
-Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis ran a new Provincial Record  in the U18 1500m of 3:55.51 to grab silver  just behind Mike Tate of Nova Scotia who finished 3:54.05 in the same race Josh Shanks of Chance Harbour was 4th in a time 3:59.53. 
-Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John tied for silver in the U16 pole vault with a clearance of 2m40.

Day 2  (Saturday August 18th)
-Luisa Schwarz Of Fredericton won the silver medal in the U16girls 2000 meter in 6:34.89 a new New Brunswick record! Behind Jessica Armstrong of Newmarket Ontario who won the event in 6:32.79 

- Josh Shanks of Chance Harbour won the bronze in the U18 3000m in a time of 8:51.82 . The winner was Mike Tate of Nova ran 8:48.83 while Tony Smith of Niagra Olympic Club was second in 8:49.36 .

Day 3 (Sunday August 19th)
-Katie Robinson of Saint John captured the bronze medal in the U18 2000m Steeplechase in a new New Brunswick Record of 7:26.41 beating her own record by an astonishing 15 seconds!

-Paul Tremblay of Saint John captured the bronze in a time of 4:35.25 in the U16 1500m Steeplechase which is also a New Provincial record beating his own mark by 11 seconds.

A side from the 6 medals New Brunswick also established over 30 personal best and set 8 New Brunswick records
-The U16 girls Medley Relay team broke the NB with a time of 4:19.22 to finish in 5th place position. The team was composed of Chelsey Hall (Fredericton), Alexondra Kiely (Fredericton), Maika Martin (Cocagne) and Sara Kean of Rothsay

-Sydney Macdonald of Miramichi scored 4074 in the U18 heptathlon  which breaks her own NB record.

-Melissa Pellerin of Dieppe broke her own Provincial Mark in the U16 javelin throw with a toss of 33.96m    (she finished 6th)

-Jacob Hayes of Saint John set a new U18 boys 200m record  in his qualifying round with a time of 22.64 beating New Brunswick fastest man ever Michael LeBlanc 2004 mark  by 0.02. 

More than 800 athletes from across Canada competed at the UPEI’s Alumni Canada Games Place The meet will played host to both the under-18 and under-16 championships.
‘’We are very proud of all our athletes. 6 medals is our best performance in many years and with the great number of personal best and provincial  records it shows that New Brunswick Track and field athletes are on the rise’’ said Bill MacMackin Athletics New Brunswick president.

Gabriel LeBlanc technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick added ‘’To have so many personal bests, Provincial records and medals  shows that New Brunswick can compete against the bigger provinces. I believe this will inspire some of our younger athletes. This also boasts well for next year’s team and our Canada Games Team. ‘’

This year marked the 37th edition of the meet, which has helped produce many of Canada’s Olympians, including PEI sprinter Jared Connaughton (who will also be the key speaker). This meet as also serve as a stepping stone for many New Brunswick Athletes such as Geneviève Lalonde, Caleb Jones, Adam Gaudes, Ryan Cassidy, Mike LeBlanc  and Olympian Joel Bourgeois. Each province sends a Legion team, and there is also space available for club runners who meet the various qualifications standards.

Full Results can be found here:

Aug 16 2012 - New Brunswick Athletes ready for Track And field Nationals


Over 40 New Brunswick Athletes will take place in Canada’s largest track and field event this weekend on Prince Edward Island.

More than 800 athletes from across Canada will descend on UPEI’s Alumni Canada Games Place in order to compete in the Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field meet.

The meet will play host to both the under-18 and under-16 championships. “Many of Canada’s track and field Olympians who competed in London this month got their start at the Legion meet,” local organizing committee chair Cletus Dunn told reporters. “Our next generation of Olympians will be right here at UPEI competing in this year’s event.”

Gabriel LeBlanc Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick said ’New Brunswick is brining one of its most competitive teams in recent history. We have a lot of excellent athletes in all areas of Track and field including the jumps, throws, sprint and distance running event’’. ‘’ While the competition is fierce we expect many of our athletes to finish in the top 5 but most importantly many will gain experience for other provincial teams including Canada Games and other international events’’

This year will mark the 37th edition of the meet, which has helped produce many of Canada’s Olympians, including PEI sprinter Jared Connaughton (who will also be the key speaker). This meet as also serve as a stepping stone for many New Brunswick Athletes such as Geneviève Lalonde, Caleb Jones, Adam Gaudes, Ryan Cassidy and POlympian Joel Bourgeois. Each province sends a Legion team, and there is also space available for club runners who meet the various qualifications standards.

The meet begins Aug. 17 and runs until Aug. 19 in Charlottetown. More information can be found on the meet website. (

Full New Brunswick Team list of athletes (including home town is available here:

New Brunswick Fans can follow New Brunswick results on ANB’s facebook account ( or on ANB’s twitter account

Aug 13 2012 - NCCWMA and Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships Recap


The NCCWMC and Canadian  Masters Track & Field  Championships  took place in Saint John, New Brunswick this past weekend. Over 500 athletes young at heart (aged 30 to 94) from 22 different countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Canada converged in Saint John for 4 days of competition.   Many personal best, New Brunswick Records, Canadian records, Meet records and even a few world records were established.     Over 100 New Brunswick athletes took the starting line and performed extremely well. While it is impossible to name all of the outstanding New Brunswick Performances here are just a few of the highlights:   -Kristen Sweet of Saint John  (W40) won the 200m in a time of 30.24 she was  also 2nd overall (1st Canadian ) in the W40 100m in a time of 14.95     - Erik  Klein of Hampton  had a great meeting the men’s 35 category winning the 400m (59.35) as well as being the top Canadian in the 200m (25.92)   -Yvan Pelletier of Fredericton won the M55 100m in a time of 14.10   -Dave Tree of Oormocto won the M55 800m in a time of 2:31.09   -Patty Blanchard of Dieppe won both the W 55 1500m (5:14.85 a new meet record) and the 5000m in a time of 19:47.13   -Gail Teed of Saint John won the W70 400m(2:21.42) and the 10km Road Race (1:18:13.00 a new meet record) and was 2nd in the W70 1500 in 9:45.86.   -Alex Coffin of Saint John won the M40 10km road race in 34:27.00 and the 8km Cross Country in 28:50.00 he was also 2nd in the 5000m in a time of 16:41.27.   - Raymond Caissie of Richibucto was the M60 10 000m champion in a time of 42:24.00. While Frank Kelly of Saint John was the M70 winner in a new meet record of 54:39.00.    - Paul Gautier of Rothesay had a extremely positive weekend winning many medals including a gold in the M45 Throws Pentathlon with 3175 points   -Steve LeBlanc of Riverview was a double champion first in the M40 hammer throw (25.42m)and the men’s Throws Pentathlon with 1877 points      For some this was their first ever track meet, for others a comeback to the sport, and others had been to the actual Olympics. The meet went extremely well and a big congratulation has to go to the local organisation committee and Saint John Track Club.  It was great to see local young athletes helping out and seeing that athletics is an activity you can do your whole life.    Full results can be found here:   8

Aug 7 2012 - New Brunswick Athletes shine at 2012 Hershey North American Final

11 Athletes competed this weekend at the 35th Annual Hershey’s North American Final Track and field in Herhsey, Pennsylvania.  

Chelsey Hall  of Fredericton finished 4th  in the Girls 13-14 1600m with a time of 5:21.84. While Sara Kean of Rothesay was 5th in the Girls 13-14 800m with a time of 2:21.83.

The girls 13-14 4x100mof Nikki  Jamieson of Fredericton , Bailey Lockard of Fredericton , Onye Njokuand of Fredericton and  Samantha Taylor of Canterbury finished 5th with a time of 54.33.

On the Boys side Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton was 6th in the  13-14 800m with a time of 2:16.12 while the relay team of Clint Steeves of Riverglade , Ryan Ellis of Nerepis , Nicolas MacLean of Moncton and Nicholas Arseneault of Tracadie finished 4th in a very fast time of 49.78.

What are the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games all about? Simply put, helping get kids on the right track, teaching lifelong lessons, and having fun every step, leap, jump and throw along the way.

The HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games are the largest youth sports program of its kind in North America, with hundreds of thousands of children competing every year. The HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games has produced many Olympic medalists and competing athletes. This program including the travel to the travel to North American Championships are fully funded by the Hershey Chocolate Company.  

Aug 6 2012 - 2012 Atlantic Championships Recap

The 2012 Atlantic Championships were held in Moncton, New Brunswick this past weekend, with athletes from all four Atlantic Provinces coming together to compete. Skies were clear and sunny all weekend, though extreme heat was to be contended with. Despite the heat, 34 New Brunswick records were broken in total this weekend, with an even split of 17 on both the men's and women's sides.

- Anthony Cormier (Team NB) set a new midget boy’s 300m record, running in at a time of 37.90, almost a whole second off the previous record.

- Renaud Beaudin (Peninsule Acadienne) ran the bantam boy’s 1200m in 3:46.27, setting a new provincial record.

 - Sebastian LeBlanc (ASEA) set a new record in the midget boy’s 100m hurdles, finishing in 15.88.

- Cole Healey (Saint John Track Club) beat the previous record of 33.98 in the bantam boy’s 200m hurdles, finishing in at 33.53.

- Paul Tremblay (Team NB) beat his own provincial record in the midget boy’s 1500m steeplechase, setting a new record of 4:46.22.

- Jon LePage-Albert (Athletigouche) threw a new provincial best in the bantam boy’s discus, landing in at 34.31m

- Erik Klein  (SJTC), running the master's 100m, 200m, and 400m set three new provincial records this weekend, in times of 12.68, 25.99, and 59.81 respectively. Bill MacMackin also finished the master's 400m in 59.81s, tying the record.

- Eric Hopper (Fredericton) ran a record setting run in the master's 800m, crossing the finish line in 2:15.28.

- Paul Gautier (SJTC) was a double record breaker in the master's shot put and hammer, as he threw 13.04m and 27.43m respectively.

- Calvin McDonald (SJTC) was triple record breaker in the throws, throwing the shot put, discus, and javelin (56), 9.45m, 31.58m, and 28.80m respectively.

- Andrew Justason (Fredericton) set a new record in the master's decathlon finishing with an incredible total score of 4229

- Julia LeBlanc (SJTC), after running a tough solo race, set a new provincial record in the girl’s 11 & under 1000m in a time of 4:05.37.

- Luisa Schwarz (Team NB), running the midget girl’s 2000m, finished in at 6:39.89, setting a new record.

- Sydney MacDonald (Team NB) set a new record in the youth girl’s 100m hurdles, in a time of 15.91.

- Sara-Eve Noel (Team NB) had a record breaking throw in the midget girl’s 3kg hammer throw, throwing 21.88m.

- Victoria LeBlanc (Team NB) jumped to new heights in the midget girl’s pole vault, setting a new record of 2.55m.

- Sharon Peabody (SJTC) set four provincial records this weekend, competing on both the track and the field. On the track Sharon completed the women’s 35+ 100m in a record setting time of 17.55, as well as the women’s 35+ 80m hurdles in a time of 20.29s.

In the field Sharon set records in both the long and triple jump, as she jumped 2.82m and 6.39m respectively.

- Tina De Geus (SJTC) set a new record in the women's long jump, jumping a full 2.70m

- Edna Thibodeau (ASEA) set a new provincial record, as well as a personal best in the women's 35+ 100m, finishing in at 46.16. Edna was also a record setter in the women’s shot put, throwing a personal best 3.70m

- Veronica Coombes (ASEA) set two new records, as she competed in the women's 200m and 400m wheelchair, finishing in 36.82 and 1:13.09 respectively.

- Kellianne Richardson (Fredericton) set three new records on the field in the women’s Para category, as she threw the women’s 3kg shot put 3.49m, smashing the old record. She threw the women’s discus 1kg a full 10.69m, and the women’s 600g javelin 7.84m.

With close to 400 athletes participating in the event and with the immense help of dedicated officials and volunteers the 2012 Atlantic Championships were a big success.

Full results here:

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