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Dec 30 2016 - ANB's top 16 of 2016
Top Sixteen of 2016:
Athletics New Brunswick Yearly Recap
1. Genevieve Lalonde: The Running Shoe Rockstar
Moncton native Genevieve Lalonde had the best season of her life. Not only did she represent Canada at the Rio Olympic Games, she smashed the Canadian 3000m steeplechase record – twice! Her fastest time, set in the heats at the Rio Olympics, of 9:30.24 ranked her 31st in the world and 7th in the Western Hemisphere in 2016. Lalonde’s incredible Olympic debut ended with a 16th place finish at the Games, which is the best result ever achieved by a Canadian female steeplechaser at any global senior championships. To cap it off, she also set another New Brunswick 1500m record of 4:11.05.
2. Shayne Dobson: Shayne Dobson: Running All the Way to Rio
In the summer of 2016, Campbellton native, Shayne Dobson’s skyrocketed to becoming the second fastest Canadian athlete in the T37 1500m. From there, he qualified to represent Team Canada at the Rio Paralympic Games. At the Paralympics, he finished 5th in a time of 4:21.06, which broke his own provincial record. Shayne was also internationally ranked 10th in the world for 800m, 6th for 1500m and 1st for 5000m.
3. Laura Dickinson: Her Triple Threat Year
In 2016, Laura Dickinson of Miramichi produced fantastic performances across the indoor, outdoor, and cross country seasons. In the indoor season, she broke the youth 1000m record (2:57.89). At the junior national indoor championships, she won the national 3000m title, simultaneously setting a youth provincial record (9:57.54), and also nabbed the silver medal in the 1500m event. Then, in the last weeks of 2016, Laura again broke her 3000m indoor record – her time of 9:43.06 and is one of the fastest times ever by a Canadian in the youth age group. Perhaps the most phenomenal part of Laura’s 2016 medal performances is that she accomplished them as an underage competitor – at the time, she was still a youth athlete.
In her outdoor season, Laura won gold medals in both the 2000m steeplechase and the 3000m at the Legion National Track & Feld Championships, clocking in at 6:51.87 and 9:51.82, respectively. Finally, in her cross-country season, Laura placed 12th at the junior Canadian Cross Country Championships, despite still being a youth aged athlete.
4. Christel Robichaud: Her Hardware Haul
At the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Christel Robichaud’s performances garnered a trio of medal results. In the discus, Christel claimed the gold medal with a throw of 15.23m. In the javelin and shot put, she claimed silver medals and set provincial records with throws of 11.63m and 6.09m, respectively.
5. Shelby MacIsaac: Bantam Athlete Jumps Sky High
Shelby MacIsaac, of Riverview, made a big name for herself in 2016. She took down eight provincial bantam records and regularly beat athletes in older age classes. During the indoor season, she broke the 60m, 150m, and 200m records with times of 8.21, 20.14, and 27.32, respectively. Proving that this gal can jump as well as run, she broke the high jump record with a best result of 1.57m.
In her outdoor season, Shelby shattered the 100m, 150m, and 200m records with times of 12.91, 19.88, and 26.41, respectively. Once again, her springy legs hopped to a new high jump record with a leap of 1.51m. Despite being a bantam athlete, Shelby also successfully qualified to represent Team New Brunswick at the Legion Youth Track & Field Championships. At the championship event, she tied for 7th in the high jump.
6. Matt McNeil: The Bearded Beast from the East
For the first time in his athletic career, Matt McNeil represented Team Canada and raced at the 2016 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World Cross Country Championships in Italy. He qualified for the event after his 7th place finish at the 2015 CIS Cross Country Championships, which is widely considered the second greatest accomplishment of his stellar university career (first place goes to his ‘stache and grease from 2015).
Years of miles and grit resuled in a strong showing at the FISU championship. McNeil was the third Canadian across the line, and his 39th overall finishe helped Team Canada place in the top eight nations overall in the team competition. McNeil continued to have a great 2016; he won the 3000m at the AUS Track & Field Championships in a time of 8:33.33, he won the Blue Nose Half Marathon in a time of 1:08:53, and he placed second at the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon in a time of 1:08:46.
7. New Brunswick Senior Distance Women: Life is a Battlefield
Throughout 2016, a gang of New Brunswick’s finest ladies broke, smashed, shattered, rewrote, and re-recorded provincial track history. From tiny indoor tracks to the windy ovals of the outside world, they replaced signposts in distances from the 800 through to the 3000m steeplechase.
During the indoor season, Grace Annear and Sarah Macpherson both toppled the former 800m mark, with Annear closing the season with 2:07.66. Not to be outdone by her provincial competitor, MacPherson took down the 1000m record with a time of 2:47.05. And while Annear and MacPherson broke the shorter distance records Genevieve Lalonde set the 3000m indoor record with a top-tier time of 9:05.78.
Annear and MacPherson’s inflammatory Battle of the Records continued into the outdoor season, where the 800m record fell race after race. After borrowing the coffee pot and snoring obnoxiously on MacPherson’s couch for two weeks, Annear set the lasing time of 2:03.03.
For MacPherson, 2016 proved to be breakthrough year. It seemed that every weekend she dropped her person best in the 1500m, and looked to be growing stronger with every effort on the track. A rising star on the national stage, she dropped 9 seconds in the 800m and 11 seconds in the 1500m. Such a dramatic progression that is rarely seen at the elite level and hints at an exciting 2017 season. Her fastest 1500m time of 4:13.74 briefly held the top spot on NB’s record board.
Finally, in her outdoor season, Lalonde produced stellar times in the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase. Not only did she win the silver medal at the Canadian Senior Championships and wear the Maple Leaf in Rio, she set the New Brunswick 1500m record in 4:11.10 and the Canadian 3000m Steeplechase record in 9:30.24.
8. Andy Justason: M40 National Record
Andy Justason set a new M40 national record in the Heptathlon, a performance that, in turn, won him ANB’s Master Athlete of the Year. Not just any old member of ANB’s board of directors – Justason’s got the chops to run with the best. Like a fine wine, he seems to be getting better with age.
9. Discovery Moment: Midget Sprint Star Jordan Henry
In 2016, up-and-comer Jordan Henry re-wrote the record book. Outdoors, he set the record for midget 100m and 200m. On the indoor track, however, he set the 60m youth and midget record, as well as the midget 200m record. Like Dickinson, perhaps the most exciting part of his record-setting season comes from the fact that he regularly beat times run by more seasoned athletes.
10. Decathlete Development: Chris Robertson Hustled to New Heights
In 2016, Chris Robertson booked his ticket to the Cote d’Ivoire when he surpassed the Jeux de la Francophonie selection standard. A long-time decathlete with a passion for the sport, Robertson is a pillar within the ANB combined-event community. With his PB score now totalling to 6828, he also established another New Brunswick senior record.
11. The 4x400m Dream Team: Remember Our Names
This spring, a group of gangly boys from Fredericton High School stood up to the power of history and challenged the longest standing record in New Brunswick. Bearing through the rain, the sun, and the wind of the tempermental Moncton Stadium, they set out to accomplish what seemed impossible.
Set by Moncton High School, this Senior’s Men’s 4x400m relay record of 3:35.4h had remained unbroken since 1971. Jack Berkshire, Andrew Leblanc, Michael Colford, and Matthew Butler came together one last time before they joined the world of USport and exam-cram strategies. Hearts pounding, hands sweating, they stroveto bring the baton to glory.
On that momentous day in Moncton, New Brunswick, the record fell. His body screaming with lactic acid, the FHS anchor crossed the line and the clock stopped at 3:29.74. History was rewritten. Infinite glory was achieved.
As it is well under the old mark, will this record last another 45 years? Only time will tell. Nevertheless, the teams valiant effort captured the heart of ANB’s award selection committee, and they were recognized as ANB’s 2016 Team of the Year.
12. Also Remember This Name : Jack Berkshire and His Triple Gold
At that same fateful NBIAA Championship, Berkshire accomplished the astounding sprint triple: he won the 100m, 200m, and 400m with times of 11.17, 22.74, and 49.52. His 200m performance was a new NBIAA record by one hundred of a second, a record that has stood through some of New Brunswick's great sprinters, such as Adam Gaudes and Matthew McLaughlin.
13. Espoir Team Championships: The Great Revival
With cooperation between the Eastern provinces of Canada, Moncton re-introduced the U23 Espoir Team Championships. Known as “Espoirs”, the competition develops future Canada Games athletes by exposing them to higher levels of competition. Formerly a provincial team championship, it had occurred annually (except for years involving the Canada Summer Games), but was abandoned in 2008. The revival of this event has helped prepare Team New Brunswick for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. More importantly, however, it has helped to grow the sport and develop future generations of athletes.
14. Maritime Track League: New Brunswick Domination
In its second year of existence, the Maritime Track League once again saw fantastic performances from athletes all across Atlantic Canada. New Brunswick’ers represented their province exceptionally well, and the titles for men’s overall performances went to athletes from the picture province. Nick MacMackin won the able category and Shayne Dobson won the para category. On the women’s side of events, Victoria LeBlanc and Tess McDonald claimed the 2nd and 3rd places overall.
15. Jeux de la Francophonie Mondiale 2021 : Moncton-Dieppe Wins Bid to Host
The French-speaking world is coming to Moncton-Dieppe! Earlier this year, the Conseil Permanent de la Francophonie announced that Moncton-Dieppe’s bid to host the 2021 Jeux de la Francophonie had been accepted. Two other cities, Guadeloupe, France and Sherbrooke, Quebec, had presented bids to host, but Moncton came through and won the right to field this massive sporting and cultural event. 2021 will prove to be a historic summer, since a Canadian city has only once before held JDLF, when Ottawa-Gatineau hosted 2001.
16. ADSP Takes Flight: ANB Launches Program to Fund Athletes
2016 saw Athletics New Brunswick launch a ground-breaking athlete-assistance program. Known as ADSP, the Athlete Development Support Program provides direct funding and support to athletes. Based on the a recognition that success requires opportunity and resources, ADSP aims to alleviate fiscal limitations or pressure from the athletes, and thereby enable them to train and compete to their full potential.
ANB’s $20,000 commitment provides athletes with clothing, as well as access to various training and competition opportunities. The performance-based system categorizes athletes into levels of support; the top tiers, Elite and High Performance, receive a significant amount of financial aid.
The program encompasses athletes from Midget (U16), Youth (U18), Junior (U20), Espoir (U23) and Senior categories. In 2016, ADSP named 88 athletes to the teams.
Not only does this new approach aid talented youngsters in their athletic journeys, it will help senior or elite athletes fund their progression and stay in sport.
Dec 22 2016 - SJTC & ANB Host Introduction to Para-Athletics Clinic
Athletics (also known as Track and Field) is the most adaptive sport for athletes with a disability whether athletes are ambulatory or use a wheelchair, they can participate in many of the events offered in track and field. The Saint John Track Club and Athletics New Brunswick welcomes people with all types of physical disabilities such as visual, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, amputation, cystic fibrosis and many others to take part in an introduction to Athletics clinic. This workshop will allow athletes the chance to try many athletics events including racing, throwing and jumping. This event will take place at the UNBSJ Gymnasium in Saint John on Sunday, January 15th from 9am-10:30am and is FREE for all participants.
Athletes and coaches will also be on hand to teach proper technique and skills.
This session will also help identify the potential athletes to participate at the 2017 Canada Games. Participants can register online by using www.trackiereg.com/paraclinicsj before January 13th, 2017.
For more information contact: Alex Holder firstname.lastname@example.org (506) 644-9960
Dec 20 2016 - Records fall at Moncton Last chance meet
Athletes took full advantage of the Last Chance Meet held Saturday 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 2016, and for many their last chance before moving up an age class.
A total of 16 New Brunswick records set!
Record performances include:
- Shelby McIssaac of Riverview broke the bantam 60m and 150m records, with a time of 8.21 in the 60m and 20.14 in the 150m.
- Caroline Gagnon of Moncton broke the midget 60m Hurdle record with a time of 9.57.
- Marie-Pier Cloutier of Saint-John broke the youth 60m Hurdle record with a time of 9.23.
- Laura Dickinson of Miramichi broke the youth 3000m record with a time of 9:43.06, beating her own record by 14 seconds. This time was the fastest ran by a youth indoors in 2016!
- Sharon Ngongo of Moncton broke the youth pole vault record with a vault of 2.45m. This also bested the junior and U23 records!
- Heater Leblanc of Memramcook set a new Master’s 55-59 shot put record with a throw of 6.90m.
On the men’s side:
- Jordan Henri of Moncton broke the midget 60m record with a time of 7.12. Which also eclipsed the Youth 60m record.
- Craig Thorne of Quispamsis broke the midget 60m Hurdle record with a time of 9.03.
- Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst broke the Senior and U23 shot put records with a throw of 15.61m.
- Ross Belyea leaped himself the 70-75 triple jump record with a performance of 7.80m as well as the long jump with 3.87m.
Other exciting performances:
Alex Witmer of Moncton won the senior men’s high jump with a jump of 2.10m. This also beats the A standard for the Jeux de la Francophonie Internationale.
Full results can be found here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=915
This competition marked the last meet in New Brunswick for 2016. The next meet is the Moncton Open on January 14th, 2017 and registration can be found here: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/register/jump-start-athletics-moncton-open/6774/
Dec 19 2016 - Athletics NB to Athletics Canada Indoor Championships
Athletics New Brunswick is once again organizing a trip to Montreal for the 2017 Hershey Indoor Athletics Canada Championships and Open, taking place in Montreal February 18th & 19th, with travel also taking place on the 17th and in the early hours of the 20th.
This meet has been very successful for New Brunswick athletes in recent years and a great spring board to the outdoor season. This two-day championships has youth and junior age categories only. Midget aged athletes are eligible to compete but must compete at the youth age group.
Athletes born in and between 1998 and 2003 are invited to discuss with their coach about this great opportunity. Let’s once again show the rest of Canada what New Brusnwickers can do!
Registration deadline is Monday, February 6th and is subject to bus capacity (47 seats). Seats are not secured until registration and payment has been completed.
More information about the Championships and ANB trip can be found here: www.anb.ca/acindoor2017
ADSP team members receive the following discount if they register before January 30th:
Elite Level - $120 discount
High Performance - $80 discount
Performance Level - $40 discount
Development - $30 discount
Registration is open NOW at the following link: http://www.trackiereg.com/anbhershey2017
Dec 16 2016 - Athletics NB Announces New RJTW Indoor Series
Athletics New Brunswick is proud to announce the first Run Jump Throw Wheel Track Meet Series to take place during the indoor track and field season. Building on the success of the summer RJTW Series meets, we hope to provide more opportunities for youth ages 8-13 to take part in track and field based meets during the winter.
The Series will consist of several Regional RJTW competitions, which are open to all athletes, with the top 8 finishers in each event qualifying to compete in the RJTW Provincial Championships (February 5 in Oromocto). Athletes can also qualify through other Qualifying meets hosted by schools, recreation organizations, groups, etc. The Provincial Championships will be the culmination of the Series.
Anyone is capable of hosting a Regional Meet and we encourage schools, recreation organizations and other groups to host a meet themselves to prepare their athletes for Provincials. ANB will provide support in the form of an easy guide on running a Regional Meet, along with ribbons and certificates.
The offered events will be as follows:Ages 8-9: 60m, 150m, 300m, Standing Long Jump, Shot Put (2kg), Vertical Jump Ages 10-11: 60m, 150m, 600m, Running Long Jump (1m board), Shot Put (2kg), Vertical Jump Ages 12-13: 60m, 150m, 800m, Running Long Jump (1m board), Shot Put (3kg), Scissor Kick High Jump
Athletes can compete in up to three events, but NO MORE than two track events OR field events (i.e. 2 track and 1 field or 1 track and 2 field).
Spikes of any kind are not permitted for RJTW competitions.
Athletes taking part in the Provincial Championships will receive a T-Shirt.
Provincial Championships will take place in Gagetown on February 5th, 2017.
Regional Meet specific dates are :
South East Regional: Moncton (January 22nd)
Chaleur Regional: TBD
Saint John Area Regional : TBD
Kent Area Regionals: St-Louis De kent January 25th
Fredericton Area: TBD
Acadien Peninsula Area: Caraquet January 29th
Restigouche Area : Balmoral January 28th
North Ouest Regionals: TBD
Southern Valley Regionals: TBD
For more information, please contact Alex Holder at 506-644-9960 or email@example.com
Dec 14 2016 - 2017 Hershey Indoor Championships – Call for Coaches and Staff
Athletics New Brunswick is currently seeking applications for 4 coaches and 2 staff to attend the 2017 Hershey Indoor Championships. This trip will see athletes travel together as Team NB while still competition for their home club.
Coaches must be prepared to leave New Brunswick on Friday February 17th and return early on the morning of Monday February 20th. Coaches costs will be covered for the trip including transportation, accommodation, coach registration costs, and meal per diem as per ANB rates. As ANB is a signatory of the Responsible Coaching Movement coaches must submit a valid (within the past 3 years i.e. 2015, 2016, 2017) criminal record check with vulnerable sector search and have completed NCCP Making Ethical Decisions training or online evaluation in any context prior to February 5th, 2017.
This group of athletes, coaches, and staff will compete to the best of their abilities representing clubs from across the province. Coaches and staff will be expected to support athletes from all clubs regardless of their own club affiliation. Coaches are being selected for New Brunswick.
Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter of intent outlining why they are qualified to the lead an amazing group of athletes and why they wish to be part of this event to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 3rd, 2017.
Dec 12 2016 - Athletics New Brunswick hosting Level 1 Officials Clinic
Athletics New Brunswick will be holding an introduction workshop for anyone interested in becoming a track and field official. This workshop will take place at CEPS of l’Université de Moncton (room 250) from 6 to 8pm on Friday December 16th. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain credits and experience the following day during the 2016 Last Chance Meet.
For more information concerning the clinic, please contact:
Dec 11 2016 - Competition Data
Competition Data By. Jason Reindl
As athletes participate in athletics for longer periods of time they will undoubtedly start to take part in organized competitions. During these competitions a large amount of data will be available to both themselves and their coach(es). Placings, results, times, distances, heights, and points scored are easily available and constitute a primary source of data which helps the coach and athlete reflect on and analyze competition. This competitive data can also prove useful to enhancing motivation, determining if the performance gaps are being narrowed, and aiding the athlete learning process. However, as athlete development and the coaching processes can become overly complicated and complex the pertinent questions become what competition information is the most beneficial and how can it help the planning process? This posting attempts to highlight a few information sources while noting that data can be found and objectively assessed from a variety of other sources.
First level competition data most suited towards new and developing athletes (bantam and midget age group) in the learning to train and training to train stages of LTAD:
Date - Name of Event - Location - Events - Placing - Performance - Wind & Weather
A large amount of information can easily be found in the posted online results files and can help athletes and coaches see if performances are increasing or decreasing and if the performance goals/gaps are being achieved/narrowed, however this information lacks context. What is the story behind the competition results and how can that impact our reflection on the results? Here is an example of a female athletes 400m Hurdle time progressions in 2015 (blue line) and 2016 (red line). Through this visual representation of the data we can see that both of her top results (2015 and 2016) came on the 5th performance of the year with performance regression happening after this.
Second level competition data suited for athletes with a better understanding of competition (midget and youth age group) in the training to training to train and training to compete stages of the LTAD:
Date - Name of Event - Location - Event(s) - Placing - Performance - Wind & Weather - Notes
The addition of the notes section can allow the coach or athlete to put in greater amounts of detail/context around the performance such as personal best, provincial record, what time of day the event took place, what the weather might have been like, and situational factors experienced (lane 1 vs. lane 8 or what type of fouls occurred in the horizontal jump events or throwing events, or other reflective thoughts).
Using the visual graph from above further insights into the notes section can let us know that the 2015 best came one week after the national junior championships at a low priority competition while the 2016 results came at the national junior championships. In this case the information from 2015 helped shape the plans for the 2016 season in particular the start date and the length of taper prior to the national championships in 2016 thus helping the athlete achieve a better state of readiness at the most important event of the year.
Third level competition data suited towards performance focused athletes (youth, junior, senior age groups) in the training to compete and training to win stages of LTAD:
Date - Name of Event - Location - Event(s) - Q, H, S, F - Placing - Performance (include wind) - Notes Coach - Notes Athlete
Additions for third level data recording include when the results took place (qualifying, heats, semis, finals). The goal of competition is to bring the best performance in the final as this is when final placing is determined, did this occur? If not, why? Reflection at this stage centers around the reasons behind the performances and expanding on gaps to be addressed during the athlete development process? Was it physical, mental, emotional, or perhaps related to ineffective planning? Was it because of a secondary event just prior to the final or perhaps the wind picked up and several fouls occurred? Were the goals achieved (yes or no)? Performances that appear poor initially can be strong when analyzed to a greater extent. This information needs to be viewed as informative and imperative to the learning and planning processes for both coach and athlete.
Third level data is focused on reflections with greater depth and breadth from both the coach and the athlete. 12-36 hours post competition as the athlete and coach are reflecting on the performance they can send the information to the coach to incorporate within a recording file which is then used by the coach to guide the competition debrief for that meet. The coach can then explore the results and data with the athlete taking in both points of view. What transpired in the lead up to the event? What occurred during the meet, which may include environmental factors? What occurred after? Was the pre-comp plan in place? Was the post-comp plan in place? How about the execution of the technical, tactical, physical, psychological? These are all areas of information that can help the coach and athlete prepare for future competitions, identify and analyze gaps hopefully leading to increased efficacy in the development of training and competition plans.
The importance of recording competition data and reflecting on it aids both the coach and athlete. Clarity around questions occurs with insights and answers also coming to fruition. This clarity allows both coach and athlete to identify, plan, and execute with greater focus and understanding on what is required to achieve their performance goals. In conclusion, coaches and athletes are encouraged to record competition data and reflect upon it to aid in their athlete development processes. A future article will take a similar look into monitoring and recording of training data.
This article is the second of a monthly segment called Coaching Connection. Ideas for future topics and if individuals would like to contribute to the monthly segment are encouraged to contact Coaching Education Director Jason Reindl at email@example.com
Dec 7 2016 - RBC Training Ground program
This past year has been another exciting and inspiring year for our athletes at all levels – from local clubs all the way to the Olympic/Paralympic Games. We are so proud of the talented athletes coming from our province and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic has shared with us the return of an initiative to the Atlantic Region that has the potential to have a major positive impact for sport and athlete development in New Brunswick.
The RBC Training Ground program has chosen Halifax once again as one of the main locations to host this event for the Atlantic Region in June. Leading up to this event, the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic will be hosting qualifier events across the Atlantic Region.
The program is designed to help sport officials uncover athletes between the ages of 14 & 25 with Olympic podium potential. Athletes will execute a series of workouts measuring speed, power, strength and endurance in front of coaches and officials from National Sport Organizations. The athletes’ results will be measured against performance benchmarks to determine an athlete’s capacity for sport at its highest level. Based on performance results at the regional RBC Training Ground qualifiers, athletes may be invited to attend the main Atlantic event and go through additional sport specific testing and skill assessments. Selected athletes may then be invited to join an NSO sport specific RBC Next Generation Program. This program will provide funding through the selected NSO to support athletes in training and development to achieve their Olympic dream.
ANB wants to make sure that all of our talented New Brunswick athletes have the opportunity to participate in the RBC Training Ground program and we hope that all of our members share this message with their athletes between the ages of 14 & 25. We encourage all eligible athletes to participate in this wonderful opportunity!
The next event scheduled in NB is . Up to 125 athletes, who achieve certain benchmarks in the regional qualifiers, will be identified for a second stage of RBC Training Ground at the main Atlantic event in Halifax on Saturday, June 10th, 2017.
RBC Training Ground participants attending may be showcased and featured on CBC/Radio-Canada network and RBC Training Ground website.
More information about the following Atlantic dates and locations to come!
· Sydney, NS Saturday, January 7th, 2017
· Saint John, NB Saturday, February 25th, 2017
· Antigonish, NS Saturday, March 25th, 2017
· Fredericton, NB Sunday, March 26th, 2017
· Halifax, NS Saturday/Sunday April 1/2, 2017
For more details, please visit http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/trainingground/#the_program
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