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Dec 30 2015 - ANB's Top 15 of 2015
It’s become an annual tradition for Athletics New Brunswick to reflect on the past year. 2015 was an extremely successful year, perhaps one of the greatest for our association although it seems like we say that every year! So with thanks, appreciation, and happiness we present to you the top 15 ANB stories of 2015.
=1 – Shayne Dobson’s incredible 2015 campaign.--- The Campbellton native not only broke 2 Canadian records in 2015 (T37 1500m and T37 5000m) but was also selected to team Canada for the IPC world championships in Doha, Qatar where he finished an incredible 4th in the 1500m and finished his season ranked 4th in the world.
=1- Genevieve Lalonde’s success in 2015.--- The Moncton native had a memorable year. She achieved the Olympic standard early in the year and finished 4th at the illustrious Diamond League New York event. Her best time of 9:35.69 was not only a New Brunswick record but the 2nd fastest time in Canadian history. She represented Canada at the Pan American Games in Toronto where she won the bronze medal and capped off her season by donning the Canadian uniform at the World Championships in Beijing, China where she finished 19th overall. For all of this she was named Sport NB Female Athlete of the year.
3-Coombes makes international debut. ----one of New Brunswick's greatest ever para-athletes proved that she is a force to be reckoned with. The Shediac Cape athlete won three silver medals at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Junior Games that took place in Stadskanaal, Netherlands. Coombes won silver in the 100m with a time of 20.86, silver in the 200m with a time of 40.47, and silver in the 400m with a time of 70.44. For her success she was named the 2015 President’s Award Female Athlete of the year at the Sport NB Gala and co-winner of the Spirit of Sport Award.
4- Ryan and Matt on the Cross Country circuit– Ryan Cassidy of Grande-Digue and Matt McNeil of Saint John showed that NB Athletes can also do it off the track. At the Canadian University Championships both Ryan and Matt were named First Team All-Canadian at the 2015 CIS Cross-Country Championships, having finished 5th (Ryan) and 7th (Matt) with both being named to the national university team that will compete at the World University Games in March 2016. Ryan would go on to finish 7th at the National Senior Championships and earn himself selection the Pan American Cross-Country Cup also in 2016.
5- The Javelin of Mr. Jones’ --- In 2015 Caleb Jones of Saint John won when it mattered the most. At the National Championships in Edmonton Caleb threw 74.45m to win the competition. He finished the season ranked third in Canada, with his best throw of 74.45m coming in those cchampionships. Sport NB recognized him as the Male Athlete of the Year.
6- Record setting spree. An astonishing 129 provincial record were set in 2015 (39 masters outdoor and 36 indoor, 27 age-class indoor and 18 outdoor, 9 para indoor & outdoor). Notable new record holders include Victoria LeBlanc junior and senior 100m hurdle record and 400m hurdle record , Mickyle Welsh 100m and 200m midget records as well as 60m and 200m indoor records. Barry Britt who set both the senior men’s 5000m and 10 00m record (becoming the first New Brusnwicker to break 30 minutes for 10 000m on the track.
7- Success at National Championships--- NB Athletes enjoyed record performances at National championships. In fact New Brunswick had its highest medal haul at Legion Nationals since the new format of open competition was implemented, with 9 medals, and the most ever medals at the AC indoor championships with 14, plus 5 medals at the National Senior Championships. Combined that brings the total national medal haul in 2015 to 27!
8- Maritime Track League--- 2015 was also the inaugural year for the Maritime Track League, a series of competitions that awards prize money to the best maritime performers. This league also encourages high performing athletes to compete on the local circuit. Impressively, the three winners of the league were all ANB members (Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John, Josh Shanks of Chance Harbour and Shayne Dobson of Campbellton). The league offered more than $2500 in prize money and will come back in 2016 with even more prize money to be awarded!
9- The new Run Jump Throw Wheel series & New Director of Run Jump Throw Wheel & First Contact Programs --- With the elimination of the North American Hershey program, Athletics New Brunswick took the initiative to offer an opportunity for young New Brunswick athletes to discover track and field. Over 2000 kids aged 7-13 participated in the new RJTW series and over 150 of them represented Team New Brunswick at the Atlantic RJTW series Championships in Charlottetown, PEI.
In addition, ANB added a new person to its staff in 2015 with the hiring of Alex Holder of Quispamsis to the new position of Director of Run Jump Throw Wheel & First Contact Programs. In his new role with ANB, he will work in partnership with staff and volunteers to expand and enhance the First Contact & Fundamentals programs in Athletics (Track & Field) in the Province of New Brunswick. This will involve working with athletics clubs, schools and community organizations to involve and engage young people ages 6+ in physical activity and particularly the sport of track and field through the Run Jump Throw Wheel program.
10- Two Officials at the Para Pan American Championships---- 2015 was also a great year for our amazing officials. Many were called upon to do national and international events, and our very own Carl Cummings, of Beaverdam, and Mark Sheehan, of New Maryland, were appointed to officiate at the Para Pan American Games being held in Toronto from August 7 to 14. It was a great honour, and a sign of how well respected our NB officials are across Canada.
11- – NB Masters athletes break records--- Our Masters program keeps on growing, showing that athletes of all ages and abilities have a place in our sport. The 2015 results were amazing. Of note are Rob Jackson of Fredericton who broke five New Brunswick track records and one national road record He also captured a bronze medal at the World Masters Championships in Lyon France. In addition Paul Gautier of Saint John who set a national record with 3614 points in the Weight Pentathlon.
12- Steve LeBlanc appointment to Team Canada---- Long-time New Brunswick coach Steve Leblanc traveled to South Korea to be part of Team Canada’s delegation for the 2015 FISU games. He was also named head coach for Team NB at the Jeux de la Francophonie that will take place in the Ivory Coast in July 2017.
13- ANB shines at Sport NB awards---- The annual Konica Minolta Sport Awards, hosted by Sport New Brunswick, were held on November 28th in Fredericton. These awards are held annually to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of New Brunswick’s athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers. The President’s Award for Female Athlete under 19 years of age went to Veronica Coombes of Moncton. Veronica was also named the co-winner of the Spirit of Sport award.
The midget boys relay team that represented NB at the Canadian Legion Youth Championships, consisting of Mickyle Welsh of Riverview, Cole Healey and Kenneth McGovern of Saint John, and Guillaume Savoie of Neguac, took home the Team of the Year award. This marks the first time at these awards that an athletics team took home the Team of the Year award. The boys were medalists in both the 4x100m and medley relays at the Canadian Legion Championships. To round out the evening, Geneviève Lalonde from Moncton won Female Athlete of the Year and Caleb Jones of Saint John won the Male Athlete of the Year award! Their exceptional performances have once again won them these significant honours, as this is the fourth win in this category for Geneviève and the third for Caleb.
14 - Jacob LeBlanc catches national team eyes. -- Despite only being 13 years of age, Jacob LeBlanc of Moncton is already one of the fastest wheelchair racers in Canada. His performances have not gone unnoticed as he was invited to take part in Athletics Canada’s Para Development camp. This camp featured some of the best coaches in the world including Peter Erikson, head coach of Athletics Canada. Jacob also has achieved standards to be part of Team NB for the Canada Games in 2017.
15 – The future is bright --
The next group of ANB athletes are coming and FAST! New Brunswick has some of the best U17 athletes with the likes of
-Hannah Trites of Fredericton : 4 provincial records, Middle School Champs record bronze at National Indoors and bronze at Legions.
-Laura Dickinson of Miramchi: gold medal at National Indoors, NBIAA record, provincial record, and bronze at Legions.
-Kyla Hughes of Cocgane: 5 provincial records, and bronze at Legions.
-Cole Healy of Saint John – Legion National medal in the 1500m Steeplechase
-Mickyle Welsh of Riverview 100m and 200m midget records as well as 60m and 200m indoor records. Plus Legion Bronze.
-Lexie Shannon of Richibucto Road who captured silver at the Legion National
-Melissa Pellerin of Dieppe who won silver in the youth girl's javelin throw at the National Legion Championships
As we can see 2015 was a great year for athletics in New Brunswick, ANB staff would like to wish happy holidays to all its members and friends. We look forward to seeing you in 2016, which we have no doubt will also be a historical year for our association.
Dec 22 2015 - ANB Holidays & Staff Role Updates
We hope that this message finds you all doing well and with the holidays fast approaching a quick reminder that ANB staff will be taken a bit of downtime for the holidays. They will get back to you in a timely manner but please allow for some extra time in response. ANB's office will be closed till January 4th .
Additionally, please be advised that in order to maximize member benefits staff responsibilities are shifting slightly. While our staff members overlap all the time on tasks taking place there is a bit of a shift that we want everyone to be aware of.
Steve LeBlanc will be managing all athlete performance programs. This will include the new program that is presently being worked on that replaces the former HP and Podium programs. All staff are working on the details of this program but are also making sure it is done correctly. We are excited to launch in 2016. Steve will also continue looking after the very successful Summits.
Jason Reindl will be managing coach development and education which includes the NCCP courses, NCCP locker management, coaching mentorship, and other areas related to coach development. As coaching development and education has lots of specific nuances to the individual coach it is important to be proactive and contact Jason if you have any questions.
In addition to the above our entire staff (Gabriel, Alex, Steve, and Jason) continue to manage a variety of programs and responsibilities. Please do not hesitate contact any of our staff if you have questions, ideas, comments, or ways you think we could continue to grow Athletics in New Brunswick.
Thank you and have a great holiday season,
Athletics New Brunswick staff and board
Dec 21 2015 - Two New Brunswickers have been named to Team Canada
Two New Brunswickers have been named to Team Canada to compete at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in Cassino, Italy on March 12th, 2016.
Ryan Cassidy of Grande Digue and Matt McNeil of Saint John have been named to the team for their excellent performances at the CIS Cross Country Championships where Cassidy finished 5th and McNeil finished 7th. The men's team will also consist of Olivier Collins, Forrest Simpson, Blair Morgan, and Kevin Tree. Both Collins and Simpson are teammates of Ryan's and were part of the University of Victoria's championship team.
"I'm very excited to make my first national team as it's been a long term goal of mine. Being able to compete on Team Canada with Ryan is going to make it that much more special," said Matt McNeil, a fifth year student at Dalhousie University.
Dec 20 2015 - Records fall at Moncton Last chance meet
Athletes took full advantage of the Last Chance Meet held today at the Stade Vance Toner on the Universite de Moncton Campus. This meet was the last opportunity for athletes to break a provincial record in 2015, and for many their last chance before moving up an age class.
A total of 20 New Brunswick record, 1 stadium record and one University de Moncton record were set!
Record performances include:
- Annick Leger of Dieppe broke the bantam girl's weight throw record with a best of 7.41m, breaking Jillan Beck's record of 6.61m set in 2014.
- Kyla Hughes of Cocagne smashed the midget girl's weight throw record with a best of 10.25m, breaking Jillian Beck's record of 7.92 set earlier this year.
- Sophie Black of Dieppe tied the midget girl's 60m hurdle record with a time of 9.99. Annick Picard ran this exact same time back in 1993.
- Hannah Trites of Fredericton broke the midget girl's 1500m record with a time of 4:50.05, breaking Chelsey Hall's record time of 4:51.33 set in 2011.
- Jennifer Bell of Chaplin Island Road broke the senior women's shot put record with a throw of 12.98m, beating Alexondra Black's record of 12.58 set in 2013.
- Jessica Shannon of Halifax broke the 60m hurdle stadium record with a time of 9.13, beating New Brunswicker and teammate Sarah Taplin's record of 9.14 set at the AUS Championships last March.
- Edna Thibodeau of Moncton set a new record in the master women's 90-94 category with a throw of 3.15m in the shot put.
- Mickyle Welsh of Riverview broke his own midget boy's 60m record with a time of 7.34, breaking his record of 7.36 set at last month's Gagetown Indoor Meet.
- Clint Steeves of Riverglade took advantage of his last performances as a youth athlete to break his own provincial record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.59, beating his former record of 8.79 set at the National Indoor Championships in Montreal in February.
- Liam Turgeon of Tidehead broke the junior men's shot put record with a final throw of 14.44m, beating Mitch Quigg's record of 14.33m set in 2011. Liam also broke the junior weight throw record of 16.10m, set by Aaron LeBlanc in 2013, with a throw of 17.52m.
- Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst broke his own senior men's shot put record with a throw of 15.11m, beating his former record of 14.86m set at the Gagetown Indoor Meet just last month.
- Bruce Rosvall of Rothesay broke his own master men's 50-55 record in the 200m with a time of 27.07.
-Ross Belyea of East Brighton broke the M65-69 in the triple jump with a leap of 7m98.
- Yvan Pelletier of Fredericton set a new record in the master men's 60-65 200m with a time of 30.60.
-Dave Jefferson of Saint john set a new 70-74 long jump record with a leap of 3m12
- Dennis Furlong of Dalhousie broke the master men's 70-75 60m record with a time of 9.95, the shot put record with a best of 8.93m, and set new records in the 400m with a time of 1:39.93, , in the 1000m with a time of 5:18.02, and in the pentathlon with a score of 672.
The Univeristy of Moncton womens 4x800m team broke the school record with a time of 10:37.02 beating the old record by half a second set 32 years ago! Team members were Anouk Pelletier of Petit Rocher, Amy-Lynn Grant of Bathurst, Kamylle Frenette de Dieppe and Carol-Anne Macdonald of Irishtown.
Other exciting results include:
- Matthew Coolen of Halifax won both the junior 60m and the 60m hurdles with times of 6.99 and 7.90, respectively. Coolen, a Team Canada competitor at this past summer's Junior Pan American Championships, came incredibly close to the Canadian Junior Record of 7.78 with a 7.83 performance in Halifax last month.
- Fallon Forde of Barbados ran a time of 6.85 in the 60m prelims, and a time of 6.97 to win the senior men's finals.
Full Results to the Last Chance Meet can be found here: anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=845
This competition marked the last meet in New Brunswick for 2015. The next meet is the Moncton Open on January 16th, 2016 and registration can be found here: www.trackie.com/online-registration/event.php?id=2557
Dec 18 2015 - Change to 2017 Canada Games Selection Standards and Criteria
An updated technical package for 2017 Jeux Canada Summer Games has recently been released (posted under the CSG programs page).
Of note in the female events is that the 2000m steeplechase has been replaced by the 3000m steeplechase. As such the 2017 Team NB coaching has unanimously agreed to use IAAF points to adjust the standard from 2km to 3km. Revised selection criteria documents with the new standards have been posted on the CSG programs page . Link: http://www.anb.ca/documents/uploads/2017csgcriEN.pdf
Dec 18 2015 - Jared Connaughton Clinic in PEI on December 27
On December 27 (from 1 - 4 pm at the Norton / Diamond Indoor Soccer Facility in Stratford PEI) Islanders Track and Field club are very pleased to be hosting a running clinic featuring Island Olympian Jared Connaughton. Jared is a great runner and had a tremendous international career. He is also a fantastic clinician. The clinic is aimed at athletes aged 13 to 18 and older.
There will be a special session for athletes under 13 from 3:15 - 4:00pm. Registration is either onsite or through Trackiereg.ca. The cost is $40 for athletes 13 and over and $10 for the U13 athletes. Registration will be limited so interested athletes are urged to register as soon as possible. On December 27 (from 1 - 4 pm at the Norton / Diamond Indoor Soccer Facility in Stratford PEI) Islanders Track and Field club are very pleased to be hosting a running clinic featuring Island Olympian Jared Connaughton.
Jared is a great runner and had a tremendous international career. He is also a fantastic clinician. The clinic is aimed at athletes aged 13 to 18 and older. There will be a special session for athletes under 13 from 3:15 - 4:00pm. Registration is either onsite or through Trackiereg.ca. The cost is $40 for athletes 13 and over and $10 for the U13 athletes. Registration will be limited so interested athletes are urged to register as soon as possible.
Dec 17 2015 - Moncton to host Last Chance meet this Saturday
The 9th edition of the Last Chance Track and Field Meet is set to take place this Saturday, with over 150 of the Maritimes' best athletes competing. This meet is organized by Athlétisme Sud-Est-South East Athletics and l’Université de Moncton. Competition starts at 9:45 am at the Ceps of l’Université de Moncton and should conclude by 5pm.
Sprint fans will certainly not want to miss the men's 60 meters hurdles, where Nova Scotian Matt Coolen will try to beat the Canadian junior record. Just under three weeks ago, at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, Coolen came well prepared to beat the Canadian record of 7.78 set by Toronto's Gregory MacNeill in 2010. Coolen just missed the target by five hundredths of a second with a time of 7.83. Another sprint race to watch will certainly be that the men’s 60 meters, where Fallon Forde, a sprinter from Barbados, will attempt to break the Vance Toner Stadium record of 6.81 set by Jayson Hilchie of Nova Scotia back in 2001. Forde, who is staying for a few weeks in New Brunswick as an exchange student, has just eclipsed the mark of the Oromocto track in November with a time of 6.92 seconds.
Riverview sprinter Mickyle Welsh will have one more chance to lower his midget provincial records before changing age classes in January. He currently holds the best time for 60m (7.36) and 200m (23.86). Another New Brunswicker, Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst, will try to improve on his new provincial record in senior men’s shot put of 14m86 which he set just last month. Clint Steeves will also have a shot at his own record in the youth boys’ 60m hurdles, and Sarah Taplin will have a shot at her own senior women’s record in the sprint hurdles as well.
The women’s weight throw should also be exciting with Sara-Eve Noël of Allardville, who holds the youth provincial record (13.33m) and Elizabeth MacDonald of Oromocoto, who holds the senior record (16.84m). The field will also include PEI junior record holder Constance Gilman, who will be competing for the Université de Moncton. And Miramichi’s Sydney MacDonald will be taking aim at the NB junior women’s pentathlon record presently held by her sister, Samantha, set back in 2011.
There will also be a superb men’s 1000m race, as veteran runner Jean-Marc Doiron will be paced by some outstanding competitors in Jérémie Pellerin and Raphaël Choquette as he chases a fast time. And the Aigles Bleus from the Université de Moncton will be taking a shot at their own university record in the 4x800m.
“This meet provides a great early opportunity for our athletes,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “We have some of the best athletes in Canada, and this gives them one last chance to get a performance in before the New Year so it should be very exciting. I would not be surprised if over 10 provincial records fall on Saturday,” added LeBlanc.
More details available here: http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1082
Dec 10 2015 - Sport NB names its 2015 Award Winners
The annual Konica Minolta Sport Awards, hosted by Sport New Brunswick, were held on November 28th in Fredericton. These awards are held annually to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of New Brunswick’s athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers. Athletes from Athletics NB were well represented and took home several awards over the weekend.
The President’s Award for Female Athlete went to Veronica Coombes of Moncton. This award recognizes the best youth athlete in NB. Veronica was also named the co-winner of the Spirit of Sport award.
The midget boys relay team that represented NB at the Canadian Legion Youth Championships, consisting of Mickyle Welsh of Riverview, Cole Healey and Kenneth McGovern of Saint John, and Guillaume Savoie of Neguac, took home the Team of the Year award. This marks the first time at these awards that an athletics team took home the Team of the Year award. The boys were medalists in both the 4x100m and medley relays at the Canadian Legion Championships.
To round out the evening, Geneviève Lalonde from Moncton won Female Athlete of the Year while Caleb Jones of Saint John won the Male Athlete of the Year award! Their exceptional performances have once again won them these significant honours, as this is the fourth win in this category for Gen and the third for Caleb.
“This was an excellent night for Athletics NB and all of our athletes,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “We are all extremely proud of all of our athletes taking home such prestigious awards and for winning our first ever Team of the Year Award! On behalf of ANB, I would like to say congratulations to all of the award winners this weekend!” added LeBlanc.
Dec 9 2015 - Cassidy named to Canadian Team for Pan Am Cross Country Cup
Earlier this week, Athletics Canada named its team of 22 athletes that will compete at the 2016 Pan Am Cross Country Cup in Caraballeda, Venezuela,on March 5th. Among the athletes named to the team is Ryan Cassidy of Grand Digue NB. Cassidy qualified by finishing 7th at the National Cross Country Championships held in Kingston ON last month.
Cassidy participated in the 2015 edition of this competition, held in Barranquilla, Columbia, where he finished an impressive 35th overall. Ryan has a long history of representing Canada in cross country, dating back to his first national XC team appearance back in 2012. And of course, Ryan was a proud member of the Canadian track & field team that competed at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton NB back in 2010.
“Ryan has become a stable member of the National Cross Country team. We are extremely proud of him,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, technical director of Athletics New Brunswick. “He is a hard worker and a great example for our younger runners,” added LeBlanc.
Dec 8 2015 - Legion Coaches Call
Athletics New Brunswick is currently seeking applications for Team New Brunswick coaches at the 2016 National Legion Championships. This Team New Brunswick event will see athletes from across the province come together to form one team.
Led by the New Brunswick Legion Command 4 coaches will be selected to assist with the care of the athletes during the course of the trip however, their primary duties will be centered on the competition portion of the meet.
Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to email@example.com January 5th, 2016. Included in this email should be a summary of their NCCP coaching credentials, previous coaching experience, and answer the following two questions:
• What can be planned for at the 2016 Atlantic Championships (July 23-24 in Saint John, NB)?
• How does Team NB improve on last year’s successful event?
For more information please go to : http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=2016legioncoach
Dec 2 2015 - Call for Coaches -2016 AC Indoor Open
Athletics New Brunswick is currently seeking applications for coaches to the 2016 AC Indoor Open trip. This trip will see athletes travel as a squad. This means the group will travel together, share accommodations, and take part in other group activities.
This group of athletes and coaches will compete to the best of their abilities representing clubs from across the province. Coaches will be expected to support athletes from all clubs regardless of their own club affiliation ie. athletes competing for clubs but coaches for NB.
For more information visit: http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=acindoorsCoach2016
Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5th, 2016.
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