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Jan 31 2016 - New Brunswick athletes shine at Mcgill Team Challenge
This past weekend saw the a number of our New Brunswick athletes travel to Montreal with their various teams to take part in the McGill Team Challenge with 16 men’s teams, 17 women’s teams, and dozens of individual athletes taking part this meet once again showed that it is one of the premiere track and field events in Canada. The 3 AUS New Brunswick Track and field team (University of New Brunsiwck, St Thomas University and Université de Moncton made the trip)
For the UNB Varsity Reds the top results from this meet included 9 school records:
Sydney MacDonald (Miramichi) in the pentathlon with a score of 2912pts.
Victoria LeBlanc (Saint John) in the long jump with a jump of 5.19m.
Tess McDonald (Fredericton) in the triple jump with a jump of 11.37m.
Grace Annear (Hampton) in the 600m in a time of 1:33.37s. Grace also won the 600m for university athletes.
Joshua Shanks (Chance Harbour) in the 3000m 8:41.36s.
Liam Turgeon (Tide Head) in the shot put with a throw of 13.76m.
Troy Wilson (Woodstock) in the heptathlon with a score of 3808pts.
Women’s 4x200m (LeBlanc, Hailiee Cook (Miramichi), McDonald, and Gallagher (Oromocto) in a time of 1:47.68s.
Men’s 4x200m (Daniel Brown (Hampton), Braden Harrison (Fredericton), Robert Tree (Fredericton), and Mike Whitcomb (Saint John) in a time of 1:31.73s.
Université de Moncton
For the Aigles Bleus of UdeM , logged 23 personal best performances and two new school records in the men’s heptathlon and men’s pole vault.
Sophomore combined eventer Jean-Luc Bastarache (Nova Scotia) led the way with 6 PBs out of 7 on his way to the record in the heptathlon (4030 pts). Not to be out-done, fellow heptathlete Alain Doucet (Dieppe) logged 3 PBs, including the school record in the pole vault (3.90m).
As for the team scoring, team captain Aaron LeBlanc (Memramcook) contributed with an 8th place finish in the shot put to go with Bastarache’s 8th place in the 7-eventer, as the 11 men from Moncton finished 15th overall.
The top finisher for the women was rookie Constance Gilman (PEI) with a 5th place in the women’s shot put, backed up by an 8th place finish for fellow rookie Christelle Frenette(Dieppe) in the shot. Isabelle Morris(Miramichi) also grabbed an 8th place finish in the women’s pentathlon, racking up 3 personal bests in the process. Showing the strength of the UdeM rookie class this year, Carol-Ann MacDonald (Irishtown) had two strong runs in the distance events. Veterans Miriook St-Arnauld Hivon (Bouctouche) and Monika LeBlanc (liette) rounded out the small but mighty squad, contributing solid performances in the sprints and jumps.
The Tommies were led by Jonathan Gionet (Bathurst) , presently ranked 11th in the CIS shot put and #1 in the AUS. The NB record holder in the event finished third, tying his record with a throw of 15.11m. Veteran Paul Nozicka (Woodstock) led the way on the track with a strong run in the 1000m 2:41.50 for a 32nd place overall in a large and strong field. The women were led by Sarah Hickman with strong runs in both the 60m and 300m.
For the Dalhousie tigers the top New Brunswick performers for them included:
· Matt McNeil (Saint John) who finished 3rd in the 3000m in a time of 8:22.04s
· Anthony Cormier (Saint John) who ran the 300m in 36.09s and was a member of the 4x400m that finished second 3:21.50s.
· Sarah Taplin (Moncton) who finished 2nd in the triple jump with a best of 11.87m and 5th in the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.16s.
-David Kerr (Fredericton) finished 9th in the Weight throw with an impressive toss of 14m16
Competing for the Saint John Track Club:
· Brady Graves (Saint John) ran an excellent 3000m running 8:31.51s finishing just off the provincial record of 8:30.0h set by Rorri Currie in 1988. Brady also ran a great 1500m finishing in 4:03.66s.
Competing for the Fredericton Fast Tracks Club:
· Andrew LeBlanc (Fredericton) ran 1:23.27s in the 600m and 2:34.79s in the 1000m.
· Michael Colford (Fredericton) ran 2:39.11s in the 1000m and 4:07.39s in the 1500m.
· Chelsey Hall (Fredericton) ran 1:43.64s in the 600m and 3:13.09s in the 1000m
Competing for ASEA:
· Jason MacKenzie (Moncton) ran 1:24.23s in the 600m.
· Jean-Marc Doiron (Moncton) ran 2:32.18s in the 1000m and 3:55.84s in the 1500m.
Next competition for many of these athletes will be the New Brunswick Indoor Track and field Championships taking place Saturday ( February 6th ) at Camp Gagetown in Oromocto. Over 250 athletes are expected from all over the Maritimes and Quebec. There is no fee for spectators and event start at 9:30am and will wrap up around 4pm . For more info please visit www.anb.ca
Jan 28 2016 - Help us make the NB Championships the best ever!
Hello athletes,volunteers parents, coaches, and officials,
The New Brunswick Indoor Track and Field Championships are taking place February 6th, 2016 at the Gagetown Fitness Base located at CFB Gagetown in Oromocto, New Brunswick.
As this is a big championships with athletes competing from all across Eastern Canada, and in every age class, we are looking for volunteers /contributors to help make this the BEST possible event possible!
If you can spare just a few hours of time to help at the competition it would be HUGELY appreciated.
Volunteers and officials are the backbone of the sport and without you it wouldn't be a success! We are looking for individuals to assist in many different functions to choose from, including registration, awarding medals, photographer, helping in the call room and at specific events, and setting up/tearing down, among various other positions.
All volunteers will receive an event T-shirt and be entered for a chance to win one of two $50 prepaid VISA gift cards, while officials will also receive a new IAAF Rules book!
Not available to help out? you can also contribute product / or donation (www.anb.ca/help
If you are available to help please sign up at the following link as soon as possible (takes less than a minute!) www.anb.ca/help
Jan 26 2016 - Lalonde Shines at New Balance Games in New York
Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, competing for the Speed River Track Club, ran a personal best in the mile to finish 9th at the New Balance Games in New York with a time of 4:39.30. This time ranks her as 17th in the Canadian all-time list for the indoor mile! Her official split at the 1500m mark was 4:20.10, which breaks the New Brunswick senior indoor record of 4:25.96 set by Patti Blanchard back in 1990. This ranks as Geneviève’s fastest ever indoor season-opener, and she will be looking to build on this amazing start as she works her way toward Rio in this Olympic year.
“It’s another amazing run from Gen, following up on her outstanding outdoor season in 2015. I expect we will be seeing even greater things from her in 2016,” predicted ANB director of high performance Steve LeBlanc. Of course, 2015 saw her compete at the IAAF World Championships and the New York Diamond League meet as well as winning a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games, and leaving a slew of broken records in her wake. “Great things are coming for one of the hardest working athletes I know,” added LeBlanc.
Full Results to the New Balance Games can be found here: www.armorytrack.com/gprofile.php?do=view_event&event_id=1066&mgroup_id=45586&year=2016
And in other track action, Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis, competing for the University of Windsor, finished 2nd in the 800m at the Doug Hansen Open in Bay City, Michigan, with a time of 1:53.60.
Full Results to the Doug Hansen Open can be found here: www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2016-doug-hansen-open/4681/
Jan 21 2016 - Canada Summer Games 2017 Coach Profile: JASON REINDL
Coach Reindl is currently working with the Saint John Track Club and the UNB Varsity Reds Athletics team. From his childhood in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he was well versed in the sport of athletics given that his parents were both athletes who later became coaches/managers in the sport. Having grown up in a track and field home, he would eventually become involved himself. He competed as a member of the Saskatoon Track and Field Club, University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Team Saskatchewan from 1999 until 2006 and garnered nine national medals. One of his most fond memories in athletics was winning the legion national gold medal in the 300m, also setting a Saskatchewan provincial record and ten years later coaching an athlete to win the gold medal in the same event, breaking his own provincial record.
Along with the other coaches, Coach Reindl offers a wide range of knowledge and experiences which will add value to the 2017 Canada Summer Games (CSG) staff and team. He wants athletes who are hoping to make the 2017 CSG and their coaches not to be afraid to set goals beyond just making the team. He encourages athletes to “look at past results and figure out a ball park of what it will take to achieve that goal, then start planning on how you are going to get there. How are you going to close that gap?” At the 2017 CSG, Coach Reindl is most looking forward to taking part in the opening ceremonies with the entire team. He is looking forward to having the opportunity to see New Brunswick Athletes push themselves towards achieving their goals and to see a number of those athletes on the podium.
Coach Reindl would encourage athletes and coaches to ask questions, get involved and to ask for help! Athletics New Brunswick is thrilled to have another fantastic coach helping athletes achieve success at the 2017 CSG.
Jan 21 2016 - NCCP Coaching Education - Performance Coach Workshop
Coaching Education Opportunities
In April 2016 a performance coach (fomerly competition development) workshop is being held in Atlantic Canada.
April 9-10 Performance Planning - non-event specific - Truro, NS
Athletics New Brunswick and Athletics Nova Scotia are partnering to host the non-event specific portions of the performance coach (formerly competition development) training workshop. These modules, while not event specific are mandatory requirements in order to attain performance coach certification (formerly competition development). Modules to be covered: 5 (Strength), 2 (Recovery), 3 (Microcycle Planning), 6 (Annual Plan). Registration link through the NCCP locker is avaiable in the calendar. If you require assistance with the locker registration please contact Jason Reindl. Present costs are to be determined at this time, however, ANB intends to provide financial assistance by reducing costs involved with participation (ie. course costs, transportation, accommodation). Additionally, please email Jason Reindl (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your participation so that he can assist in logistical planning for the event.
Jan 19 2016 - Moncton Open provides record breaking performances
The eighth annual Jump Start Athletics Moncton Open track & field meet took place on Saturday, January 16, at the Vance Toner Stadium of the CEPS at the Université de Moncton. With over 160 athletes competing, there was plenty of action both on the track and in the field. This competition is jointly hosted by the UdeM and ASEA, and sponsored by Jump Start Athletics.
Performances were highlighted by 8 new meet records. On the track, Jessica Shannon of Dalhousie University started the meet off with a record in the women’s 60m hurdles, running 9.37. Christian Richard, sporting the colours of the UdeM, grabbed the men’s 400m in 54.2 while Laura Dickinson, running for host ASEA, shattered the women’s 1000m record with a 2:57.89. Not to be outdone, the field event athletes also put on a show with 5 new records established. Matthew Doherty, an independent athlete from Nova Scotia, broke both the men’s shot put (15.12m) and weight throw (17.76m) records. Sarah Taplin of Moncton, competing for Dalhousie, broke her own triple jump record with an 11.87m effort. The Dalhousie Tigers were well represented with Chantelle Robbertse breaking the women’s long jump record with 5.40m, and Jordan Bruce breaking the men’s triple jump record with 15.00m. And each record setter won themselves some prize money thanks to the meet sponsor.
Other highlights included a new UdeM school record for Alain Doucet in the men’s pole vault (3.70m). In masters’ competition, Saint John’s Dave Jefferson established a new provincial record in the men’s 70-74 long jump with a 3.32m leap. Many personal bests were also set at the first indoor meet of 2016.
“We had an outstanding meet with some great performances and intense competition,” noted meet director Steve LeBlanc. “This was also an outstanding home meet for les Aigles with 18 personal best performances and a school record. This sets us up well as we head off to McGill in two weeks for one of the biggest meets in Canada. And for our NB athletes prepping for the NB Championships and the Canadian Championships, both coming in February,” noted LeBlanc, who is the head coach for UdeM. “This meet continues to be one of the highlights of our indoor season,” noted Gabriel LeBlanc, ANB Technical Director, “and an exciting way to race into the New Year.”
Jan 14 2016 - Performance practice SUNDAY January 24th
Sunday January 24th, 2016 - The second performance practice of the 2015-2016 indoor season (first of 2016) is fast approaching. The day features the same 3 formats as previous events: an open practice from 10:00-11:45am; clinics from 12:00-2:00pm; and a classroom session from 2:15-3:30pm.
Clinic Information:Adrienne Power (Olympian and Coach with the Dalhousie Tigers) will be leading a speed development session focusing on acceleration, mechanics, and maximum velocity. Jason Reindl (HP Coach for ANB and Head Coach for Canada Games 2017) will be assisting in this session as well.
Bill MacMackin (CSG 2017 coach and coach with the Saint John Track Club) will be leading an endurance session focusing on consistency and simplicity of training. Note that Bill is also organizing a workout during the open gym session from 10:00-11:45am and individuals interests can email him at Bill@selectfh.ca
Rachelle McDonald (Saint John Track Club coach and clinician at the 2015 Jumps Summit) will be leading a skill develop session with benefits to all event areas.
Classroom Session with Adrienne Power where Adrienne will talk about making excellent decisions, training and competition mindset, goal setting, motivation, and her journey from Atlantic Canada to the Olympics.
Coaches: In attempt to maximize the time for our coaches those in attendance for the clinics and classroom section will receive NCCP professional development points. In order to make sure these get recorded for your please email Jason Reindl at email@example.com
Full schedule available here: http://anb.ca/Calendar/documents/Performance-Practice-2%20(1).pdf
Following this second practice the third and final performance practice of 2015-2016 will be held on Saturday February 13th. Clinic and classroom information will be posted closer to the event.
Jan 12 2016 - Coaches Announced for Team NB at National Indoor Championships
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce the coaches that were selected for Team New Brunswick at the Canadian Indoor Open Championships! The coaches will lead New Brunswick athletes at the championships, hoping to make this team as successful as last year's where athletes achieved 14 medals.
Jan 12 2016 - CSG 2017 Coach Profile – YVAN PELLETIER
From a St-Hyacinthe, Québec, just 40km south of Montreal, Coach Pelletier was eager to start what would be an exciting new life in New Brunswick some 32 years ago. It was in Fredericton that he started a brand new job, got a new car and a few months later would have babies on the way. When recalling his debut in athletics, Coach Pelletier said, “I was running fast!” He was the fastest in the school yard. He joined the swim team at age 15 which helped him with his fitness. After demolishing his other classmates in a 12 minute beep test during one gym class, his teacher encouraged him to compete in track and field. He ended up doing a 1500m and, his favorite, the 100m. From there he was eventually encouraged to run the 400m and 400m hurdles. In a 40m school hall and on a 200m crushed rock track, those events were difficult to train for. Coach Pelletier said that his relationship with his coaches really solidified his love for the sport, however, even with a lack of proper training facilities. To top things off, they eventually started paying him to coach!
During his university years, he stopped his training. It was in 1985 that he returned to the sport, helping athletes in the Jeux de L’Acadie and joining Fredericton Legion Track Club (FLTC) as a master athlete. Tim Randall coached him at the time, however when he left on sabbatical Coach Pelletier started coaching with the club and from there he has built and extensive knowledge base in the sport through many courses.
Today, Coach Pelletier is still working with FLTC in sprints, hurdles, mid-distance, and throws and is also a coach with the University of New Brunswick varsity Athletics team in sprints and hurdles. When asked what some of his most fond athletics memories are, he said this was a difficult question to answer. From being named to the Pan Am Junior Coaching Staff in 2005 to watching his athletes persevere and find satisfaction in their performances, he is happy about his athletics experiences thus far.
In preparation for the 2017 Canada Summer Games (CSG) Team, Coach Pelletier offered the following advice: Go for it! However, it depends on an athlete’s age. Keep in mind that this competition should be a step, not finality. Athletes should focus on improving in the sport at a proper rate, rather than push too hard for a short time. Carefully plan the steps that you need to take from now until the games. Coach Pelletier encourages athletes to “let the participation to this event be a motivation for training and competing.” If you do not make the team, do not be discouraged as many factors must be present in order for this to happen.
At the 2017 CSG, Coach Pelletier is most looking forward to the opportunity to help athletes be their best at the games. Athletics New Brunswick is extremely fortunate to have such a well seasoned coach on staff!
Jan 4 2016 - New ANB Arm Sleeves for Sale Support ANB Performance Program
Help support Athletics New Brunswick perfromance program and look GREAT by doing so !
ANB Arm Sleeves are the newest product to be added to the ANB Shop.
We are happy to be selling these sleeves to help our elite athletes across the province. All profits made from this product will be going towards ANB’s Performance Program.
These sport sleeves are custom products will not crack, peel or wash away. They are also coated with UV Protective Material that protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays making them great for all outdoor sports. The material consists of a Poly-Lycra blend that does have some stretch/give in them to form around the athletes’ arm.
· Full Colour around entire sleeve
· Comfortable enough to be worn all day
· Available in 3 sizes: Youth (XXS) – Adult (Small/Medium) – Adult (Large/X-Large)
Support ANB in style with these great quality arm sleeves. Visit the ANB Shop (http://anb.ca/Shop/) for more product info and to order yours today!
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