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Dec 30 2012 - ANB's Top 12 of 2012

logo-textIn the Spirit of the New Year, Athletics New Brunswick decided to do its top 12 stories/achievements of 2012. It’s a way for us to celebrate one of the best years in our association’s
history. We hope you enjoy.
12-(Tie) Coombes & Brace become fastest ever 
2012 was a great year for both Veronica Coombes (ASEA) and James Brace (ASEA ) , these training partners set multiple provincial records in the T54 wheelchair class thus becoming the fastest ever wheelchair athletes in New Brunswick . Veronica finished her 2012 season ranked 3 rd in Canada while James Brace qualified for his first National Championships where he finished 8th!
12 (Tie) Victoria LeBlanc leaps & runs into the record books
What can be said about Victoria LeBlanc’s year? This young athlete from Saint John Track not only set provincial records in the pole-vault but also in the hurdles. She was also ranked first in New Brunswick in the Long jump. To top it off she won a silver medal at the Legion Nationals in the Pole Vault (becoming the first ever  New Brunswicker to medal at Legions in the pole vault.)
11- The future is bright for distance running in New Brunswick
What a year it has been for distance running in N.B! What is really remarkable are the results of our U17 athletes! Athletes such as Luisa Schwarz (FLTC) , Collin Belliveau (CEK), Josh Shanks (SJTC), Katie Robinson (SJTC) , Paul Tremblay (SJTC), Nick MacMackin (SJTC), Andrew LeBlanc(FFT), Chelsea Hall(FFT) , Taylor Dunn (FLTC) have set countless provincial records and have showed that athletes from New Brunswick can compete with the best in Canada . The future of distance running in our province is indeed bright!

10- NBIAA Championships
Once again, ANB helped the NBIAA host it’s Championships .They were held this year at the Moncton Stadium for the first time in it’s history. An amazing 9 NBIAA records were broken. The athlete of the meet had to be Matthew McLaughlin (FHS) who had a fantastic meet, breaking not only the junior boys NBIAA 400m record in a time of 51.17 (the previous record was held by Adam Gaudes in 51.84 in 2008 ) but also establishing a new 200m record in a time of 23.32 (previous record was 23.83 set by Gordie Hopkins back in 1997). He also finished 3rd in the 100m.
Other records include :
 -Josh Shanks (SJHS) Senior Boys 3000m 8:51.10
 -Jake Bradley of Riverview High 300m Hurdles (42.53)
 -Rilind Dragoshi of Harrison Trimble broke not only the NBIAA visually impaired 100m but also the New Brunswick record with a time of 17.08
 -Sydney MacDonald of Miramichi Valley High 80m hurdles record of 12.63
 -Victoria Leblanc of Saint John High set a new NBIAA record in the junior girls 300m Hurdles with a run of 48.62
The AAA Team Champions Title went to Fredericton High School, The AA title was won byBonar Law and the A title by Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain

9- CIS Championships –ANB Athletes put on quite a show
We have to go way back in our history to see success like we had at the 2012 edition of the CIS Indoor Track and field championships. Our own Adam Gaudes captured the 600m silver medal on his birthday with a time of 1:19.05; a new University of Victoria record and New Brunswick record. He also helped UVic finish 2nd in the 4x800m by running a great leadoff leg. Guelph’s 4x800m women’s team composed of no less than 3 New Brunswick athletes (Genevieve Lalonde, Nadine Frost and Lydia Frost) captured gold with a time of 8:45.13 , while Uvic’s women’s team finished 2nd with New Brunswick’s Grace Annear running a great lead off leg. Let us not forget that Genevieve Lalonde (Guelph) finished 4th in the 1500m with a time of 4:32.54, In the same race Nadine Frost (Guelph) was 5th in 4:32.62 and Grace Annear ran the 2nd leg for the 4 x 400m UVic relay team that finished 4th overall with a time of 3:49.62. She also finished 5th in her heat of the 600m (11th overall) with a time of 1:35.06. Lydia Frost also finished 5th in the 1000m with a time of 2:49.35, Nadine Frost was 9th in the same race with a time of 2:53.15. Alex Black (UNB) finished 14th in the shot put with a toss of 11m66 while Chris Robertson (Western) 8th in the pentathlon with 3456 points. Way to go to our amazing Student-Athletes!
8- Our Hall of Fame & Award winners
2012 was also a year to honor our history and the athletes & builders of our sport. Here are some of the awards and recognition ANB members received in 2012
-Hall Merrill named to New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame
-Kyla Tanner from St Thomas XC winning the AUS Community Service Award
-Rick and Marge Stocker named to the Fredericton Hall of Fame
-Gabriel Leblanc Awarded the 2012 Randy Dickinson Community Inclusion Award
-Brian Gilliss in the Oromocto Sport Wall of Fame
-Bill MacMackin and Alex Coffin who were named Coaches of the year at the 2012 Sport NB Pitney Bowes Awards.
-Harold Nicholson, was awarded the national Investors Group Volunteer Sport Administrator of the Year Award
Congratulation to all of these amazing individuals who have helped built our sport to what it is today !
7- Legion Nationals – Fast Nick MacMackin shows his stuff
Team New Brunswick captured a total of 6 medals (3 silvers and 3 bronze) at the 2012 Legion National youth Track and field Championships. The NB athlete of the meet had to be Nick MacMackin (SJTC) who ran a new Provincial Record in the U18 1500m of 3:55.51 to grab a silver medal (amazingly he broke the old record 10 years to the date that Matt Brophy had set in back in 2002. 
Other medalists include :
-Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John tied for silver in the U16 pole vault with a clearance of 2m40
-Luisa Schwarz Of Fredericton won the silver medal in the U16 girls 2000 meter in 6:34.89 a New Brunswick record.
-Josh Shanks of Chance Harbour won the bronze in the U18 3000m in a time of 8:51.82 .
-Katie Robinson of Saint John captured the bronze medal in the U18 2000m Steeplechase in a new Provincial Record of 7:26.41
-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.
Aside from the 6 medals New Brunswick also established over 30 personal best and set 8 New Brunswick records. Making the 2012 Legion Championships the most successful in the last 12 years!
6- Multi-event Robertson sets himself apart
2012 was a great year for Combined Event athletes with Ashton Eaton setting a new World Record in the Decathlon and Jessica Zelinka a new Canadian Record in the Heptathlon. This was also the case in New Brunswick.s combined event star, Chris Robertson , despite being a first year Senior he set both the New Brunswick Indoor Pentathlon record (3521 points ) but also the outdoor Decathlon record (6457 points) .
5-NCCWMA and Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships
One of the proudest achievements of Athletics New Brunswick in 2012 was the development of the master’s category and in August, Saint John hosted the highly successful NCCWMC and Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships. Over 500 athletes from 22 different countries , including over 100 from New Brunswick, aged 30 to 94, took part in this 4 days event which saw many meet records, national records and even a few world record fall.
The meet went extremely well and a big congratulation has to go to the local organizing committee and Saint John Track Club. It was great to see young local athletes help out and seeing that athletics is an activity you can do your whole life! 
4- Rejean Chiasson Wins CDN Marathon Champs!
ANB member Rejean Chiasson had quite a year in 2012 not only did he set a new provincial mark in the 15km and the half Marathon but also won the Canadian Marathon Championships in Ottawa with a time of 2:19.55. He has proved himself as one of the top endurance runners in Canada and has committed to represent New Brunswick at the Jeux de la Francophonie in 2013. He was also a finalist for Sport NB Pitney Bowes Awards. In short, a great year for the pride of Tilley Road.
3- Michael LeBlanc, the Riverview Rocket 
In January, Michael LeBlanc (ASEA) ran 6.64c in the 60 m at the Penn State National a new New Brunswick Record. He broke it again at the following month championships with a time of 6.61. This mark also allowed him to qualify for the World Indoors Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, thus becoming the first ever New Brunswick athlete to compete at these championships. At the Worlds he finished in 10th . Michael also had the fastest time in the
province in the 100m and 200m. He was also named ANB’s senior athlete of the year.

2- Ryan Cassidy’s season
ANB’s junior athlete of the year Ryan Cassidy had an amazing season, not only did he win the Nationals Junior 3000m Steeplechase title he was also selected to two national team. He first ran in the NACA Cross Country Championships in Trinidad where he finished 8th , he also competed at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona and finished 13th overall in a new Personal Best time of 8:56.88 . He finished the season being ranked 1st in Canada among juniors in the 3000m steeplechase.  In fact his time would have ranked him first in Canada in the last 10 years!

1- The Year of Dobson
Shayne Dobson won 3 Golds at the Canadian Championships in the T37 category(400m ,800m and 1500m) . He was a finalist in Sport’s NB Pitney Bowes Awards and set 2 Canadian Records in 2012 . In early June , in Sheerbrooke he ran a strong 2:17.76 in the 800m T37. Shayne's performance broke the long standing Canadian record which was in place since 1986.
Also in June at Legion Championships in Moncton he broke not only the New Brunswick provincial record but the Canadian National record as well. Shayne, paced by his teammates, blazed to an incredible time, finishing the three and a half laps in 4:34.74.
 Other honorable mentions: 
-Jason Reindl hired as ANB high performance coach, 
-Steve LeBlanc named Head Coach for the Jeux de la Francophonie , 
-Logo Unveiled for 2013-14 Canadian Track& Field Championships, 
-ANB host first Warm weather Training Camp
-Lalonde 4th at NACAC U-23 Championships  
-Katie Robinson wins bronze at Nike Grand Prix , 
-Jason Bouchard new NB’s 200m indoor king
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Dec 29 2012 - Top 20 Female Acadien Athletes of 2012


For a second year in a row L'Acadie Nouvelle (francophone newspaper in NB) named it's top 20 female Acadien Athletes of the year. Athletics represented 10 out of the top 20 making (most by any sports) .With our own Geneviève Lalonde named top female Acadien Athlete of the year! Congrats to all those selected (quite an honor!)

Here is the list of Athletics

19-MaÏka Martin
18-Stéphanie Doiron
15- Amy Lynn Grant
14– Naomie Maltais
13- Nathalie Boivin (road running and Triathlon)
12- Anouk Pelletier
6-Luisa Schwarz
5- Patty Blanchard
2-Marilyne Nowlan
1-Geneviève Lalonde

For full article please go to:

Dec 28 2012 - L'acadie Nouvelle's names it's top 20 Male Acadien athletes of the year

For a second year in a row L'Acadie Nouvelle (francophone newspaper in NB) named it's top 20 Male Acadien Athletes of the year. Athletics represented 10 out of the top 20 making (most by any sports) . ANB athletes even swept the podium! With our own Réjean Chiasson named top Male Acadien Athlete of the year! Congrats to all those selected (quite an honor!)

Here is the list of Athletics

20 Jason MacKenzie
19 Shayne Dobsom
18 Colin Belliveau
17 Anthony Cormier
11- Jason Bouchard
10 Lee Roy (Road Racing)
9- Jérémie Pellerin
3- Michael LeBlanc
2- Ryan Cassidy
1- Réjean Chiasson!

Also let's not forget o mention  Sylvio Bourque (5)  a regular at our events for the sport of Arm wrestling

For full article please go to:

A secial thank you to L'Acadie Nouvelle who supports Athletics every week covering stories and our athletes!

Note the top 20 Female Acadien Athletes to come out tomorrow

Dec 22 2012 - Athletes Shine at the 2012 Last Chance Meet

The last meet of the 2012 indoor season took place this past Saturday in Moncton. This was most athletes last chance to make personal bests and set records before moving up an age class in the new year, and the athletes did not disappoint! 17 provincial records were set during the meet:

- Nick MacMackin, Saint John Track Club, broke the youth boys 800m record with a time of 1:57.06.

-David Kerr, Fredericton Legion Tarck club  set a new Junior Weight throw record with a throw of 14m90.

- James Brace, ASEA, broke 3 T54 records in the 60m (12.31), 200m (33.06), and the 800m (2:17.58).

- Veronica Coombes, ASEA, broke her T54 800m record by over 16 seconds with a time of 2:44.95.

-Christelle Frenette , ASEA set a new New brunswick record in the Midget Shot put with a throw of 10.66m.

- David Jefferson, Saint John Track Club, broke the masters 65-70 age group record in the long jump, with a jump of 3.16m, and in the weight throw (9.08kg) with a throw of 9.70m.

- Andrew Justason, Fredericton Legion Track Club, broke the masters 40-45 age group record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 10.09, and in the pole vault with a jump of 2.85m.

-Gavin Westbrook, Motley Crew  Track club broke his own Bantam 1200m record with a time of 3:49.25.

- Paul Gautier, Saint John Track Club, broke the masters 40-45 age group record in the weight throw (15.88kg) with a throw of 12.65m.

- Edouard Bourque, Unattached NB, broke the masters 50-55 age group record in the 300m with a time of 46.50, in the 600m with a time of 1:48.85, the long jump with a leap of 4.49m, and in the shot put (6kg) with a throw of 8.82m.

Other notable mentions include:

- Stephanie Dorion, Universite de Moncton, jumped 1.67m in the high jump.

- Nick MacMackin, Saint John Track Club, raced the 1500m to a time of 4:12.47.

- Brandon LeBlanc, Unattached NB, raced the 600m to a time of 1:29.49.

- Matt McNeil, Saint John Track Club, won the fast paced 3000m in a time of 8:40.85.

-Richard Ivey, Fredericton Legion Track club won the 60m in 7.09. 

-Jason Bouchard won the 400m in 53.18

The next meet, and the first meet of 2013, is the Moncton Open, on the 12th and the 13th of January.

Full Results can be found here:

Dec 13 2012 - ANB names it's 2013 Podium Program Team!

The 2013 Athletics New Brunswick Podium Program team list has now been released.  This group of 53 athletes, aged 14-17 in 2013 represents New Brunswick’s finest Midget and Youth age group athletes. 

High Performance coach, Jason Reindl says, “This group of athletes represents our next wave of continued success.   Already coming off a successful 2012 season where athletes in this group garnered six national medals. They will be the next wave of athletes to stand on top of the podium while representing New Brunswick.” 

The female side of the group is led by Shawna McKay (Moncton), New Brunswick’s fastest women in 2012, Luisa Schwarz (Fredericton) and Victoria Leblanc (Saint John) who were both silver medalists at the 2012 National Legion Championships.  Joshua Shanks (Lepreau), was a bronze medalist at the 2012 Legion Championships and is heading into the 2013 season as the #1 athlete in the country over the 3000m distance and leads the male contingent.  Paul Tremlbay (Saint John), another national medalist and Matthew Mclaughlin (New Maryland) also represent New Brunswick’s depth in the program. 

Full team list available here:

For more information on the podium progam please go to :

Dec 4 2012 - Brian Gilliss named to Oromocto and Area Sport Wall of Fame

Congradulation to Brian Gills who was introduce into the Oromocto and Area Sport Wall of Fame this past month After teaching , coaching and organizing events for 35 years, one would think Brian would relax and enjoy his retirement. However, he is as busy as ever working with clubs such as the Oromocto Legion track and Field CLub which brian started in 1971. Brian also continues to offficiate at the National Meets such as the Canada Games, National Legions and has officiated at the World Junior level. Brian's ideology complels him to contribute to the community and its youth and to encourage athletes to give back for the times given by others. Brian is often referred to as 'Mr. Track and Field', a name bestowed upon him by a friendly RCMP officer as Brian was rushing to a track meet. 

Congratulation Brian!

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