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Oct 31 2013 - Lots of ANB members among Sport NB's Pitney Bowes Awards finalists!

Sport New Brunswick announced the names of the finalists for the 20th annual Pitney Bowes Sport Awards yesterday and once again Athletics New Brunswick Members are very well represented. In fact Athletics is tied with Wrestling as the sports with the most nomination as each have 7 finalists! 

The Pitney Bowes Awards recognize the accomplishments of New Brunswick’s top athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year.

Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton was named one of the 3 finalist  In the Comfort Inn Female Athlete of the Year. 

Caleb Jones and Mitch Quigg both of Saint John were named the 2 candidates for Comfort Inn Male Athlete of the Year. 

Not surprisingly Mitch's and Caleb's coach Dr Earl Church of Shediac Cape was also named as one of  the 3 finalist for Boston Pizza Male Coach of the Year.

Joining them will be our Canada Games Women’s 4x400 relay team (Amy-Lynn Grant of Beresford, Grace Annear of Hampton , Rachelle McDonald of Saint JOhn and Sarah Myatt of Fredericton) who have been named finalist in the BrunNet Team of the Year category. 

Christel Robichaud of Moncton was named a finalist in the Spirit of Sport award. 

During the Awards Gala Josh Shanks of Chance Harbor will be named the President Award Male winner as the sole finalist! 

For full list of Candidates and official press release go to:

Congratulations to all finalists and recipients! 

Oct 31 2013 - INVITATION | Origins of the Legion Track and Field Program

You are invited to a free public talk exploring the origins of the Royal CanadianLegion Track and Field Program. Presented by Hon. Member LeRoy Washburn, the talk will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, 503 Queen St., Fredericton.

The Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field program is a nation-wide athletics program that culminates in an annual national championship for Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 17.

Olympic official, prolific coach and tireless sport builder, LeRoy Washburn has been involved with the Legion Track and Field Program since the 1950’s and has served as the program’s Technical Advisor for over 20 years. He is also the former Director of Athletics at Saint Thomas University.

The NBSHF will also be launching Remembrance: New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Heroes, a brand new exhibit honouring the athletes and sport builders of the Sports Hall of Fame who served and serve in the Canadian military. 

Contact: Melynda Jarratt, curator, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame,


Oct 28 2013 - AUS Recap

The Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Cross Country Championships took place this past Saturday on the campus of Universite de Moncton.

Athletes from all over the Atlantic Maritimes came to run the tough course in the cold weather for a chance to represent their team and hopefully make it to the CIS Championships set for November 9th in London, Ontario.

On the women's side:

- Melissa Hardy of St. FX captured the gold medal in the women's 6km race in a time of 22:52.45, with Ellen Chappell and Natalie Sachrajda, both of Dalhousie, took second and third in time of 23:06.09 and 23:14.72 respectively.

The team title went to Dalhousie University, with St. FX taking second, and University of New Brunswick taking third.

Sarah Myatt of Fredericton, running for University of New Brunswick, took 6th place to make the All Star team while Katie Robinson of Saint John, also running for University of New Brunswick, was named the Rookie Athlete of the Year for AUS Cross Country.

On the men's side:

John Kuto of Saint Mary's University captured the gold medal in the men's 10km race in a time of 32:42.62, with Matt McNeil of Dalhousie claiming the silver medal in a time of 33:07.67 as Riley Johnston of St. FX finished close behind in 33:17.14.

The team title went to St. FX, with Dalhousie University taking second, and Memorial University taking third place. Matt McNeil of Saint John, running for Dalhousie, and Lee Wesselius of River Glade, running for St. FX, were both named to the All Star team.

Full Results can be found here:

Oct 27 2013 - Atlantic XC Championships Recap

The Atlantic Cross Country Championships took place Saturday at l’Université de Moncton Campus .  

Over 100 athletes took part in these championships taht saw great results.

In the 11 and under category Emily Trites of Fredericton (Team NB) won the 1.4km race in 6:07.53 while Oliver Priemer of Sackville (Marshview) was the boy champion in 5:43.66

Natasha Vatcher of Oromocto (Team NB) won the 12-13 2.4km race in a time of 10:05.48 while Connor McCluskey (River Valley) was the boys champion in 10:11.87. Team New Brunswick won the Girls Team Banner.

In the 14-15 categories Laura Dickinson of Miramichi (Team NB) won the 3km race in 12:24.20 while Brady Graves of Saint John (Team NB)was the boy champion in 10:58.47. Both Team banners went to Team New Brunswick.

Luisa Schwarz of Fredericton (Team NB) was the girls 16-17 Champion in the 4km race in 14:47.83. In the 16-17 boys 6km Josh Shanks of Chance Harbour (Team NB) won the event in a time of 20:29.20. Both team banners went to Team NB.

Emily Ferguson of Halifax (Halifast) was the U19 4km champion in 15:59.32. The Senior Champion was Cecila Peter of Halifax (Halifast) in 16:13.26

While Heather Griffiths of Moncton (ASEA) was the masters champion in 18:16.40. The team banner went to Halifax based club Halifast.

The junior (U19) men’s 6km winner was Marc-Andre Manuel (UNB) in 23:19.60, while Daniel Gorman of Halifax (Halifast) was the senior champion in 19:40.30 and Glen Trites was the Masters champion in 23:36.20.

"Excellent results for Team New Brunswick once again, winning all but one team banner, we also had some excellent individual results " said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "This will wrap up the season for most non-university New Brunswick runners, except for those to compete at the Canadian Cross Country Championships, to be held in Vancouver on November 30th."  

Full Results can be found here:

Oct 24 2013 - Atlantic & AUS XC championships set for Saturday

On Saturday October 26th athletes of all ages will gather on the Universitie de Moncton campus for the Atlantic Provincial Championships, starting at 10am culminating with the Atlantic University Conference (AUS) Championships starting at 12:00pm. 

The age-class races will see upwards of 100 athletes competing.  The day will start at 10am with the 11 & under athletes running 1.4km, followed by the 12-13 year olds who will run 2.4km, and the 14-15 year olds will run 3km.  The 16+ women will run 4km while the 16+ men will run 6km.  A large portion of these athletes are coming off a very successful NBIAA championships and will be looking for one last cross country competitive opportunity with a few extending till the 30th of November for the Canadian Cross Country Championships that will take place in Vancouver.  One athlete to make note of is last weeks NBIAA Senior boys champion and 2013 World Youth Team Canada member, Joshua Shanks, will be looking to get in a quality race as he extends his season until the end of November.

Athletes can register by emailing and on site registration will also be accepted from 9:00-9:50.

The day will culminate with the ever exciting Atlantic University Championships.  At 12:00pm, 68 women from eight universities will run the 6km course and at 12:45pm, 60 men from seven universities will run 10km.  With bragging rights on the line athletes will compete to the best of their abilities as they decide who the top cross country teams in the Atlantic region are.  Dalhousie on the women’s side St. Francis Xavier on the men’s enter at the top ranked teams.  St. FX’s Melissa Hardy and Saint Mary’s John Kuto enter as the top ranked individuals.  Top New Brunswickers include Dalhousie's Matt Mcneil of Saint John and Jérémie Pellerin of Cocagne who represent L'université de Moncton. On the women side Lynette Manuel of Oromocto who runs for St-FX and Sarah Myatt of Fredericton (UNB) are New Brunswick's best chance of getting on the podium. 

The top university athletes will move on to the Canadian University Championship (CIS) to be held on November 9th at the University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario.

“It is always exciting to have our age-class and university athletes competing on the same course. It is safe to say that many of these younger runners will one day make their marks on the university running scene and it is a great opportunity for them to see what it is all about.  The team atmosphere in the Canadian cross-country season is an amazing experience,” said High Performance Coach Jason Reindl.

Oct 18 2013 - NBIAA Cross Country Provincial Recap

The NBIAA Cross Country Championships concluded with an exciting finish earlier today.  Over 220 high school runners showed up to Tracadie-Sheila to vie for top three positions and a chance at the NBIAA team banners.   Laura Dickinson of Miramichi Valley High School captured the junior girls 3km race with a time of 11:29.70, narrowly beating out Emma Fudge and sibling Megan Fudge of Fundy High School with times of 11:36.90 and 11:37.60 respectively. In the team competition we had the rare occurrence of the top 3 teams being seperated by only 2 points, with Fundy High School winning the banner with 91 points, W A Losier in 2nd with 92 points, and Bernice MacNaughton in 3rd with 93 points.   Canadian youth 3000m gold medalist Luisa Schwarz of Ecole Sainte-Anne captured the senior girls 4km race with a time of 14:07:70, beating out Hannah Arsenault of Saint John High School and Taylor Dunn of Fredericton High School with times of 15:26.90 and 15:30.60 respectively. The team banner went to Saint John High School.   Brady Graves of Saint John High School captured the junior boys 4km with a time of 13:40.60, beating out competitors Michael Colford of Fredericton High School and Gavin Westbrook of Oromocto High School with times of 13:56.00 and 14:01.90 respectively. The team title went to Fredericton High School.   World Youth Championships team Canada member Josh Shanks captured the senior boys 5km with a blazing fast time of 15:52.60, with Angus MacIntosh of Riverview High School and Pierre Dumouchel of Ecole Samuel de Champlain claiming second and third in times of 16:41.90 and 17:15.60 respectively. Ecole Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier captured the team banner.   ''These championships were a great success, it was quite exciting to see so many close battles in the team competition and many exceptional individuals performances'' said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick.   Full Results can be found here:

Up next for some of these athletes is the Atlantic Cross Country Championships set for October 26th on the Universite de Moncton campus . More information on the event can be found here:  




Oct 16 2013 - NB Middle School Cross Country Championships set for Sunday

The 2013 New Brunswick Middle School Cross Country Championships will be held this Sunday at Odell park in Fredericton. This annual events brings in the best youth runners in our province and promises to be a great event. 

The events also offers non championships races for K-5 starting at 2:30. Following these races the championships will start with a  1.5 km race for grades 6, a 2 km race for grade 7 while the grade 8 girls will run 2.5 km and the  grade 8 boys 3 km.    This event is open to all participants and registration can be done online by visiting or on site on the day of the event  fro 10:30-Noon. (Please note there is a discount rate for anyone who pre registered online.)   Last year over 250 runners took part in this event and the  Girls team titles went to  Bliss Carmen Middle School while River Valley Middle School won the boys banner.    '' This is always a great event , it's really encouraging to see so many talented young runners take part '' said Gabriel LeBlanc technical director of Athletics New Brunswick '' The future of distance running is bright in New Brunswick and this event allows athletes to shine and get noticed by club and provincial coaches'' added LeBlanc   Top athletes from this competition will also be invited to be part of team New Brunswick for the 2013 Atlantic Cross Country Championships happening in Moncton on Saturday october 26th    For more information please visit

Oct 12 2013 - NBIAA Cross Country Regionals Recap

Saturday  the NBIAA held it's regional Championships. The North East Championships were held in Moncton and hosted by Bernice MacNaughton High School while the South West was hostd by Oromocto High in Oromocto . Over 350 athletes took part in these championships in hopes to qualify for the NBIAA provincial Championships that will be held in Tracadie-Sheila on Friday October 18th.


North East Championships


NBIAA North-East regional championships proved to be an exciting one as runners took to the back field of Bernice MacNaughton High School in Moncton. Though relatively sunny, unfavorable temperatures and cold winds made the course a challenge.


Laura Dickinson of Miramichi Valley High School took the win in the junior girl's 3km run, coming in at 11:59.58, as Laure Lebreton of Polyvalente W.A. Losier was second in 12:41.58, followed by Annie Dysart of Tantramar Regional High School close behind to take third place in 12:42.15.  Polyvalente W.A. Losier captured the team title followed by Bernice MacNaughton and Miramichi Valley .


Samuel Guitard of Ecole Secondaire Nepisiguit won the junior boy's 4km race in 15:10.63 , followed by teammate Frederick Savoie in 15:18.47 , and placing third was Jeremie Comeau of Polyvalente W.A. Losier in 15:22.73.Ecole Secondaire Nepisiguit won the team title with Polyvalente W.A. Losier in second while Bernice MacNaughton was third.


Carol-Ann MacDonald of Moncton High School was the winner of the senior girl's 4km race, coming in at a time of17:58.84, followed by Sophie Prevost of Bernice MacNaughton High School in 17:59.68, while Annie Cowan of Miramichi Valley High School was third in 18:19.35. Bernice MacNaughton won the team race , with Polyvalente W.A. Losier in second and l'École Odyssée in 3rd.


Angus MacIntosh of Riverview High School won the senior boy's 5km in 18:02.22 while Austin Roberts of Louis J. Robichaud placed second in 18:58.71, followed by Miguel Plourde of Ecole Marie Esther in 19:02.83 . Polyvalente W.A. Losier  was the team champion with l'École Odyssée in second and Riverview High in 3rd.


Full Results can be found here:


South West Championships


The NBIAA South-West regional championships took place this past Saturday in Oromocto.


Emma Fudge of Fundy High School won the junior girl's 3km in a time of 13:01.78, while teammate and sibling Magen Fudge took second in 13:03.45, and Simone Delaney of Hampton High School took third in 13:19.34. Fundy High won the team title.


Brady Graves of Saint John High School won the junior boy's 4km race in a time of 14:37.50, while Michael Colford of Fredericton High School was second in 14:59.02, and Gavin Westbrook of Oromocto High School took third in a time of 15:04.67. Fredericton High won the team race with Saint John High School finished in second.


Luisa Schwarz of Ecole Saint-Anne won the senior girl's 4km race in a fast time of 15:09.66, while Taylor Dunn of Fredericton High School took second in 16:27.03, and teammate Chelsey Hall took third in 16:44.20. Saint John High won the team title while Fredericton was second and Grand Manan was third.


Josh Shanks of Saint John High School captured the senior boy's 5km race in a time of 17:20.35, while Morgan Phillips of St. Malchy's High School took second in 18:22.50, and Pierre Dumouchel of Ecole Samuel de Champlain took third in 18:30.67 . Rothesay High won the team title with Thomas Albert in second and Saint John High in third.


Full Results can be found here:

Oct 9 2013 - Derek Drouin Special Guest at 2013 Jumps Summit

Athletics New Brunswick (ANB) and Athlétisme Sud-est / South East Athletics (ASEA) are very pleased to announce that the upcoming Atlantic Jumps Summit will feature a special guest clinician – Olympic medalist Derek Drouin!  Fresh off of his gold medal performance in Nice, France, at the Jeux de la Francophonie in September and his bronze medal from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August, the 2012 London Olympic Games bronze medalist in high jump will be coming to Moncton to assist in the third Atlantic Jumps Summit, taking place November 9-10 at the Université de Moncton.  This event also took place in 2008 and 2011, but this marks the first time that an Olympic athlete will attend.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us to bring in a world-class athlete to work directly with our local athletes,” said Steve LeBlanc ChPC, director of high performance for ANB.  “Having someone of Derek’s calibre here will bring a whole new level of excitement to this event.  We expect that the athletes and coaches attending the Summit will have an even greater experience thanks to Derek’s involvement, along with our other fine clinicians.”

Joining Derek as a clinician will be one of his long-time coaches, Joel Skinner of Sarnia ON, who has served as a Canadian national team coach on numerous occasions, including the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships right here in Moncton.  The Summit will also feature many other clinicians and presenters covering topics including the latest training techniques, speed and power development, and functional training for performance enhancement and injury reduction.

“We are looking forward to having another world-class event right here in New Brunswick,” said ANB Technical Director, Gabriel LeBlanc, “a chance to showcase our athletes and our coaches, and a great opportunity to further their development to national and international levels.  This could be a real game changer.”

Some facts and statistics on Derek Drouin:

·         2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist in the high jump with 2.29m

·         2013 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist in the high jump with 2.38m

·         Ranked 3rd in the world by the IAAF for 2013

·         Canadian record holder in the high jump at 2.38m, which is only 7cm shy of the world record

·         Co-holder of the Canadian indoor high jump record, along with Hall of Fame athlete Mark Boswell, at 2.33m

·         5-time NCAA champion in the high jump while representing Indiana University

·         He holds a “world best” for the high jump during a combined event having cleared 2.30m during an indoor heptathlon event in February 2013

·         He has cleared 2.30m or higher 11 times this year alone and holds 7 of the top-20 all-time best high jumps by a Canadian

For more biographical information, see

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