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Oct 30 2015 - Shayne Dobson breaks records at IPC Athletics World Championships
Shayne Dobson, competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha QAT, has set a new Canadian and North American record for the T37 1500m event, finishing 4th in a time of 4:32.56. This comes just one week after his 800m race in Doha where he also broke his own Canadian record. The native of Campbellton NB has been really tearing it up on the track and the roads this year, culminating in this record breaking performance at his first World Championships.
Shayne competes in the T37 class, a classification for athletes with cerebral palsy. He started his athletic career as a competitive tennis player but took to running when he arrived at the Université de Moncton, to pursue a degree in kinesiology, and became a member of the cross country team. He eventually became the team captain and still helps the Aigles Bleus as an assistant coach. He is also a member of ASEA, the Moncton-based track club.
Shayne has previously represented Canada internationally at the 2011 Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara MEX where he grabbed silver in the 1500m and bronze in the 800m. He presently holds the Canadian records in the T37 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m events. His progression this season and his performances at the IPC World Championships are certainly great signs for things to come in 2016. He is now another step closer to achieving his goal of qualifying for the Paralympic Games in Rio BRA.
ANB Technical Director Gabriel LeBlanc had this to say about Shayne’s performance: “Athletics New Brunswick is proud to see one of our own excelling on the world stage. Shayne is an example of a true homegrown athlete. He has developed to a world class level right here in New Brunswick. When you pair the drive, desire and dedication of an athlete like Shayne with the facilities and coaching available here in New Brunswick, great things can happen.”
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Oct 29 2015 - The Atlantic and the AUS Cross Country Championships.
Fredericton's Odell Park will be busy Saturday as it will host The Atlantic and the AUS Cross Country Championships.
Team New Brunswick will be sending 120 of its top runners and with the university races there will be over 300 athletes taking the starting line. This guarantees a wonderful day of racing.
The event is set to start at 9:15am with an 800m race for boys and girls aged 9 and under, the 11 and under boys and girls will race 1km beginning at 9:30am, 13 and under boys and girls will race 2.5km race at 9:40am, 14 and older girls and the 15 and under boys 3.5km race will begin at 10:00am, followed by the 16 and older men’s and 18 and older women’s 6km race at 10:20am. The AUS women’s 6km race at 12:00pm and the day ends with the AUS men’s 10km at 12:45pm.
A number of our age classed athletes are coming off of successful NBIAA Championships from October 16th. They’re all ready to race and looking forward to this great championship.
Many of the province’s best runners are going to be competing for Team NB this year, including:
Michael Colford will run the 6km event. Colford is fresh off of his victory in the senior boy’s race at the NBIAA Cross Country Championships. Brady Graves who finished second at NBIAA’s, will also be racing the 6km.
Jenna Keilty and Hannah Cormier will race the 3.5km race. Keilty finished second and Cormier third at the NBIAA Championships.
The AUS Championships will feature the best university runners on the East Coast, including New Brunswickers Katie Robinson, Matt McNeil, Lee Wesselius, and Josh Shanks. McNeil is by far the man to watch out for, having won both the New Balance Vic Matthews Invitational in Guelph and the AUS-RSEQ Interlock Meet in Quebec City earlier this season. Matt will be the one to watch for gold this Saturday.
Athletes competing in the AUS Cross Country Championships will be looking to qualify for the CIS Cross Country Championships, being held in Guelph, Ontario on November 14th. Some of these athletes, as well as those racing in the Atlantic Cross Country Championships will be competing at the Canadian Cross Country Championships, being held in Kingston, Ontario on November 28th.
Oct 28 2015 - Atlantic Jumps Summit
Athletics New Brunswick will be hosting the fourth Atlantic Jumps Summit on November 14 & 15 in Moncton at the Université de Moncton CEPS complex. This event brings together coaches and athletes from across Atlantic Canada with the goal of developing their skills in the jumping disciplines of athletics. It promises to be an exciting event featuring clinicians from across Canada.
This year, the camp will feature Milt Ottey, the former Canadian record holder in the men’s high jump and world #1 ranked jumper in 1982. Milt brings his expertise as a coach and his experience as a world-class athlete to help our athletes and coaches learn how to prepare to perform at the highest levels. He has coached at several NCAA schools, but is now based back home in Toronto where he operates OT Fitness Educational Services. Milt was a coach this summer for the Canadian national teams at both the FISU World University Games and the NACAC Championships.
Coach Mark Cocks will be working with the pole vaulters at this year’s Summit. Mark is the lead PV coach for the University of Alberta and the Edmonton International Track Club, where he leads a very successful group of vaulters. He holds a degree in kinesiology and a certification as a CSCS from the NSCA, and he is the owner/operator of Flash Strength & Conditioning. Along with his coaching abilities, Mark brings his practical experience as a successful sprinter and long jumper.
“Our event summits have proven to be a very effective way for athletes to kick-off their competitive seasons, getting a chance to gain new perspectives on their events,” stated Summit organizer Steve LeBlanc, who serves as ANB’s Director of High Performance. “It also provides our coaches with a chance to share and learn together along with the clinicians we bring in,” he added. This year, one of those clinicians is a Canadian track & field legend, Milt Ottey. “I was fortunate enough to be on a national team staff with Milt this past summer, and took the opportunity to invite him to attend our Summit, and he graciously agreed. I think it will be a special treat to have someone of his calibre working directly with our athletes and coaches.”
The Atlantic Jumps Summit takes place Nov 14-15 in Moncton. Those interested can get more information from the ANB website, under the Events Calendar, or go to www.TrackieReg.ca to get information and register online. Registration deadline is November 10 at midnight.
Oct 27 2015 - Run Jump Throw Wheel instructor training workshop
Athletics New Brunswick is offering a Run Jump Throw Wheel instructor training workshop on Saturday November 14th at the CEPS Louis-J.-Robichaud on the UdeM campus in Moncton from 9:00 am to 4:00pm. This one day training workshop uses a fun and active learning environment to enable instructors to teach, assess, and correct these fundamental skills to children between the ages of 6 and 12 with basic lesson plans and fun, interactive games.
The course is designed to teach coaches, volunteers, athletes and teachers how to introduce the sport in a fun and save environment. Run Jump Throw Wheel is a grassroots sports skills program designed to teach children the basics of physical movement with technical progressions f. It is designed to be delivered to boys and girls ages 6 to 12. It will outline the basic skill analysis of running, jumping, throwing and various para events; go over fun games with RJTW application, and also take time working through Planning a Lesson, Teaching and Learning!
Anybody is welcome to take the course, it is free to the first 40 participants, so sign up fast at: http://anb.ca/2015RJTWCourse
Additional information go to: http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1165
Or contact Alex Holder at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 25 2015 - ANB Welcomes New President and Secretary
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to welcome its new president, Marc Lalonde.
Sport is not new to ANB’s new President, Marc Lalonde. From 1977 to 1981, Marc represented Canada at four world squash championships. A native of Montreal, Marc, his wife Lynn, and their three young children moved to Moncton, NB, in 1991. Their youngest, Geneviève, has become one of New Brunswick`s and Canada`s premier runners, specializing in steeplechase. An active announcer at track meets over the past 7 years, Marc has also served as a member of the Athletics Canada appeal panel since 2011, a trustee of Athletics Canada`s foundation since 2013, and as a member of the ANB board since 2014. He was also chair of the ASEA club executive board from 2008 to 2011.
Marc brings a wide range of board experiences having served as Chair of the Greater Moncton United Way, treasurer of United Way/Centraide Canada, and chair of the Jesters Club (Canada). He is a founding board member of the Moncton Squash Club, and still serves as board secretary. He was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to the community in 2012.
A graduate from the faculty of engineering at McGill University, Marc has had a long career in the investment business and is today a partner at Benchmark Investment Consulting.
Athletics New Brunswick is very excited to have Marc as its new president. At the same time, ANB would like to express its sincere thanks to outgoing president, Bill MacMackin. Bill’s efforts over the last four years have been instrumental to the growth and success that ANB has achieved. Thank you again, Bill, for all of your efforts. Bill will now move into the role of past president on the ANB board and will continue to be act as President of the Saint John Track Club.
‘’Athletics New Brunswick has a tradition of strong board members, and executive leadership that has helped us grow and succeed,” stated Gabriel LeBlanc, technical director of ANB. “The leadership we receive at the board level has allowed our coaches and athletes to focus on the job of performance on the track and in the field,” he added. ANB Director of High Performance, Steve LeBlanc, stated that, “The growth in our sport, both in participation and performance, are strongly tied to the strength of our organization. Marc will be leading a great group of board members who will keep us on track to continue our path to success.”
ANB would also like to welcome Violet Brown into the role of board secretary. Violet is presently a board member with the Saint John Track Club, acting as the secretary for the club. Violet has been involved in a variety of sports for the past 20 years as she follows her supports her three sons.
ANB wishes to acknowledge Lynn Lalonde for all of her work as the previous secretary for the association. Her efforts were very much appreciated. Thank you Lynn.
Oct 21 2015 - Steve LeBlanc named NB head coach for 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce that ANB coach Steve LeBlanc, of Riverview, has been named as the head coach of athletics for the New Brunswick team attending the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie taking place in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. This multi-sport competition, taking place from July 21 to 30 2017, is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every four years, bringing together athletes and artists from all over the world, representing the 57 member countries of the Organisation de la Francophonie and 23 associated nations. As with any major games, the sport of athletics will feature prominently in the competitions. The JDLF will feature several different team and individual sports as well as artistic and cultural exhibitions and competitions, with over 3000 participants.
Steve is the Director of High Performance for ANB, as well as being the head coach of track & field at the Université de Moncton and a coach with local club ASEA. Steve served as the head coach of athletics at the previous JDLF held in Nice FRA in 2013. He also has previous national team experience as a coach at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy, the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, NB, and the 2015 FISU World University Games in South Korea. A veteran coach with over 25 years of experience, Steve has been a coach at two Jeux du Canada Games, and he has coached at three different universities (Dalhousie, Alberta and Moncton).
“These Games are a major event in our competitive calendar, one of our most important programs for our high performance athletes,” stated ANB Technical Director, Gabriel LeBlanc. “Steve’s experience at the previous Games and his other international experiences make him well suited to guide this team to success,” added LeBlanc. In 2013, New Brunswick was represented by 8 track & field athletes, with their performances highlighted by Geneviève Lalonde’s bronze medal in the 3000m steeple chase. “It is a great honour to represent my province at such a prestigious event, and I look forward to working with our top athletes to help them achieve success at the Games. It is a great chance for our best people to gain international experience and get to that next level of performance,” said head coach Steve LeBlanc.
For further information, please see these links:
Athletics New Brunswick
Jeux de la Francophonie
Oct 18 2015 - 2015 NB Middle School Cross Country Championships recap
The middle school cross country season came to a conclusion on october 17th with the provincial championships on the UdeM campus in Moncton.
Congratulations to Geroge Street Middle School who were the overall Champions of the meet.
Jessica White of Geroge Street Middle School won the grade 6 girls 1500m race with a time of 6:31.9, followed by Christine Hall also of Geroge Street Middle School who finished 2nd with a time of 6:33.5, and Eavan McLaughlin finished in 3rd with a time of 6:35.3.
In the grade 7 race Claire Wilbur of Princess Elizabeth School claimed the victory in the 1600m race with a time of 6:28.5, Veronica Belsh of George Street Middle School finished 2nd with a time of 6:28.9, and MadeleneMcLeod of Ecole St-Anne finished 3rd with a time of 6:36.4.
In the grade 8 race Emily Haynes-MacDonald of Bliss Carmen Middle School won the 2500m race with a time of 9:04.2, followed by Isabelle Lemaire of Carrefour de l’acadie with a time of 9:13.1, and Makenzie Hall of George Street Middle School with a 9:19.4.
To the Boys side:
Owen Enstrom of Salisbury Middle won the grade 7 2000m with a time of 7:43.1, Francois Richard of Carrefour de l’acadie was 2nd with a time of 8:02.5, and Jake MacPhee of Sir James Dunn Academy finish 3rd with an 8:04.3.
And finally Ben Evans of Hampton Middle won the grade 8 3000m with a time of 12:05.7, Justin Byers of Hampton Middle was 2nd with a time of 12:21.6, and Tim Crawford of Harry Miller Middle School was 3rd in a time of 12:38.4.
Many of these atletes will represent Team New Brunsiwck at the Atlantic Cross Championships on October 31st in Fredericton
Oct 17 2015 - NBIAA Cross Country Championships Recap
Over 250 high school runners tool part in the NBIAA Cross Country Championships this past Friday in Hampton under cloudy skies and sometimes heavy rain. Despite the conditions athletes were very successful in their races and titles were more competitive than ever.
Hannah Trites of Fredericton High School won the junior girl's 3km race with a time of 12:32.30 while sisters Mélodie and Mélanie Landry of École Mgr-Marcel-François-Richard won silver and bronze with times of 12:54.80 and 12:55.30, respectively. Lauren Goodine of Tobique Valley High School was not far behind the medals, placing fourth with a time of 13:04.30.
Adam Lambert of Saint John High School won the junior boy's 4km race with a time of 15:01.90 while Lars Schwarz of École Sainte-Anne was less than a second off the gold with a time of 15:02.50. David Basque of Polyvalente W.A. Losier claimed bronze with a time of 15:34.50, just barely edging out Matthew Joyce of École Sainte-Anne who finished with a time of 15:34.70.
Laura Dickinson of Miramichi Valley High School won the senior girl's 4km race with a time of 16:42.80 while Jenna Keilty of École Sainte-Anne claimed silver with a time of 16:47.30, just ahead of Hannah Cormier of Fredericton High School who won bronze with a time of 16:51.10. Megan Fudge of Fundy High School finished just outside the medals with a time of 16:56.60.
Michael Colford of Fredericton High School won the senior boy's 5km race with a time of 16:55.90 while Brady Graves of Saint John High School claimed silver with a time of 17:21.10 and Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton High School took bronze with a time of 18:07.40.
Sir James Dunn Academy won the junior girl's team banner with a score of 55 points, while Saint John High School won both the junior boy's and the senior girl's team banners with scores of 31 and 46, respectively. The senior boy's banner was won by Fredericton High School who finished with a total of 26 points.
"These results certainly provide an exciting end to the high school cross country season and continue to show that New Brunswick has a strong depth of distance runners capable of competing at the national level," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "Many of these athletes will be a part of Team New Brunswick for the Atlantic Cross Country Championships taking place in Fredericton on October 31st."
Full Results can be found here: anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=838
By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc
Oct 15 2015 - Moncton to Host 33rd Annual Cross Country Classique & Middle School Championships
MONCTON – The 33rd annual Université de Moncton Classic Cross Country will bring over 400 runners of all ages and will take place this Saturday on the Moncton campus.
Everything will begin at 9am with the events for the 5 years and under (350 m), grade 1 and 2 (700 m), grade 3 and 4 (1200 m), and grade 5 (1500 m). Following these events the site will host the New Brunswick Middle School Championships at 10am with grade 6 (1500 m), grade 7 (2000 m), girls grade 8th (2500 m) and grade 8 boys (3000 m).
Starting at noon, some of the best Atlantic university runners will compete alongside the best open runners in a 6km run (women) and an 8km run (men).
“The Classique is always a fun event; seeing young athletes discover cross country running is always exciting,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “Many of our top athletes started their careers at this event including Olympian Joel Bourgeois and national team members Geneviève Lalonde and Ryan Cassidy,’’ added LeBlanc.
Top athletes from this competition will also be invited to be part of Team New Brunswick for the 2015 Atlantic Cross Country Championships happening in Fredericton on Saturday, October 31st. For more information please visit www.anb.ca.
The course is located between CEPS and the Student Centre on the UdeM Campus. Athletes may register online at www.anb.ca or in the morning of the races at the competition site.
Oct 13 2015 - Hampton will host NBIAA Cross Country Championships this Friday
The best New Brunswick High school runners will toe the line in Hampton this Friday at the 2015 NBIAA Cross Country Championships. In total, over 250 athletes will compete for individual and team honours. Athletes qualified for these championships by running at the two NBIAA regional qualifiers that were held simultaneously in Moncton and Oromocto on October 3rd.
The junior girls (grade 9 & 10) will run 3km starting at 11:30am. Among the favourites are Mélodie and Mélanie Landry, twin sisters from Mgr Marcel-Francois Richard who finished 1-2 at the North East qualifier. They will be challenged by national track medalist Hannah Trites from Fredericton High School, who won the South West regionals. The team title should be an interesting battle between Sir James Dunn Academy, Saint John High, Mgr Marcel-François-Richard and Fredericton High.
The junior boys’ race (grade 9 & 10) is schedule at 11:55am, and they will run 4km. The individual favorites include Lars Schwarz of École Saint Anne and Adam Lambert of Saint John High School who finished 1 & 2 at the South West qualifier. David Basque of W-A-Loiser and Samiel Lavallee of École Quatre Vent represent the best chances for the North East region. The team banner should be a heated affair between Saint John High , École Sainte-Anne, Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier and Riverview High.
The senior girls (grade 11 & 12) will also run 4km starting at 12:25. The pre-race favorite has to be Laura Dickinson of Miramichi Valley, but she will be challenged by the likes of Hanna Cormier of Fredericton High , Jenna Keilty of École Sainte-Anne and Megan Fudge of Fundy High School. The team title will be an interesting battle with Bernice MacNaughton, Miramichi Valley, Fredericton High and Saint John all in the hunt.
Finally, the senior boys (grade 11-12) will run 5km at 1:00pm. Brady Graves of Saint John High is the pre-race favorite but should have company in the lead pack with runners like Ryan Terry (Riverview), Alexi Roy (ESN) and both Michael Colford and Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton High. Team banners will most likely be contested between Saint John High, Fredericton High and École Sec. Nepisiguit.
“New Brunswick has a great history of cross country runners, and it’s great to see the current generation continue in this tradition. We look forward to seeing possible new emerging talents,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, technical director of Athletics New Brunswick.
This event marks the end of the high school season, but many of these runners will represent New Brunswick at the Atlantic Championships on October 31st in Fredericton. In the case of Dickinson and Graves, they will also compete at the National Cross Country Championships being held in Kingston ON on November 28th.
The events take place at Hampton Middle School, and there is no charge for spectators. Results will be posted on anb.ca after the event.
Oct 9 2015 - ANB's Annual General Meeting
ANB will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sunday October 18th in Moncton and we would like to invite Athletes/Coach/officials and other volunteers to attend.
These sessions are much more than an annual discussion. It is also an opportunity for our members to dig into the work we did in 2015, to ask us why and how we make the decisions we make, and to offer feedback, insight and support.
The AGM will start at 10:00m in room 250 of the CEPS (Université de Moncton). Lunch will be provided, mileage reimbursement is available for members traveling from outside (if possible please carpool). There will also be draw prizes. There is no need to pre-register
Join us! Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM. It’s free of charge, it’s a great opportunity to help ANB to become the best organization possible!
Agenda of the meeting is available here: http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1136
If you have any questions, comments or requests concerning the AGM, contact Gabriel (email@example.com or at 506-855-5003
Hope to see you on the 18th!
Oct 5 2015 - 2017 Canada Summer Games Coach Profiles: Jennifer Butler
Born in Fredericton and currently living in Bathurst, Coach Butler has been one of the leaders for women in coaching in athletics in New Brunswick. A dedicated coach with Athlétisme Chaleur Athletics, she has the passion and the drive to help the athletes she coaches to strive for the best performance outcomes. She began coaching when her son was in middle school and took her first level 1 course with Mr. Dave Thomas. She says after that, she “never looked back!”
Having pondered many great memories she has had coaching, Coach Butler reflects on a particular moment when one of her first “full time” athletes made the Canada Games Team after only training for 8 months. She said, “in this particular 110m hurdles he set a provincial record and achieved the standard, in fact he kept right on running after the hurdles straight to me and I received a big sweaty hug! It made me cry.” She also mentions a time when another athlete at the Jeux de la Francophonie won a bronze and called her before even leaving the track.
Athletics New Brunswick is incredibly fortunate to have coach Butler as part of the staff selected to lead the athletes to their full potential at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. She is most looking forward to enjoying the team atmosphere of working with a great group of coaches and athletes and seeing some outstanding personal best performances by New Brunswick athletes. Her advice for the athletes and their coaches who are looking to represent the province is this: “be consistent, stay focused, stay healthy and commit to the long term plan.”
Interesting fact about Coach Butler: She once attended a University in France where she had the opportunity to race in the National Cross Country Championship!
Oct 2 2015 - Performance Practices are back
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce that our Performance Practices, will be returning for the 2015-2016 athletic year.
Under the umbrellas of the High Performance and Podium Programs and the Universite de Moncton Track and Field Team registered members of Athletics New Brunswick are invited to utilize the facilities of the Univesite de Moncton CEPS track and take part in three developmental opportunities.
1) Open Gym - Open use of the Moncton CEPS track. ANB members from across the province can train and do a workout utiliznig the facility.
2) Clinic - A variety of specific event clinics will occur. Clinicians will be from across Atlantic Canada giving athetes an introduction to new and exciting training ideas.
3) Education - Classroom education sessions covering various topics to help athletes acheive thier goals.
This years sessions will take place December 5th, 2015; January 23rd, 2016; Febuary 13th, 2016.
More details about each event will ba available in the comming weeks.
There is no cost for these sessions and no registration is required.!
Oct 1 2015 - NBIAA Regional Country Championships set for Saturday
NBIAA Regional Country Championships set for Saturday
Both the North East and the South West High School Cross Country regional meet will be held this Saturday October 3rd. Over 430 athletes from all around the province will try to qualify for Provincial championships that will take place on Friday Ocober 16th in Hampton.
There will be 4 races on the schedule : a 3km race for the Junior girls (grade 9-10) at Noon , a 4km for Junior boys (grade 9-10) at 12:25 a 4km for Senior girls (grade 11 & 12) at 12:55pm and a 5km race for the Senior boys (grade 11-12) at 1:30.
The North East Championships will take place in Moncton at Bernice McNaughton High School with over 230 athletes competing representing 19 schools. Team favorite include JMA Armstrong, Bernice McNaughton and École Aux-Quatre-Vent .
The South West Championships will take place in Oromocto on Base CFB Gagetown with over 190 athletes representing 20 schools. Team Favorites include Fredericton High School ,Fundy High School and Saint John High School
Results of these events will be posted on www.anb.ca after the completion of them.
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