|Latest News||Recent News Headlines|
May 31 2017 - NBIAA Track and field Provincials this Saturday
The NBIAA Provincial Championship is a unique meet in the New Brunswick outdoor track and field season. The meet not only includes seasoned track and field athletes that have experience through their local clubs but also includes other athletes from provincial high schools. This combination proves to be exciting as an athlete unknown to track and field in the province can out perform many seasoned athletes with one outstanding performance.
It is here that the unexpected is expected.
A prime example is track and field sprinter Jordan Henri. His tack and field debut came as a result of his participation with his high school team. Just one year later he is running times that have never been seen before in the history of New-Brunswick track and field. It is breakout athletes like Jordon that may discover their potential at this weekend’s meet.
So here we are, two days away from Provincials. Two days away from uncertainty, with seasoned elite athletes nervous because of the unknown. The potential for exciting competition and the possibility of new NBIAA provincial records, hangs in the air this Saturday. This weekend, no one's time is safe, no one's throw is far enough, no one's jump is great enough.
Saturday, June 3rd, tune into BellAliant live stream to watch the drama unfold at the Saint John Canada Games Stadium, and to hear Gabriel LeBlanc's commentary throughout the event.
Live Stream: http://tv1.ca/su1ht67
Looking back on regionals, here were some outstanding performances and names to watch for:
In the field,
Jillian Beck is vying for the junior girl’s javelin record of 37.58 set by Melissa Pellerin in 2014. Beck threw 37.14m at regionals.
Samuel Bourque of École Clément Cormier threw an impressive 44.48m in the junior boys discus at regionals, placing him an a good position to potentially break the current discus record of 44.72m set by Jordan Sonier of JMH in 2012.
The track events also promise to be exciting events with many athletes from both regions recording fast times.
Jordan Henri of Bernice McNaughton ran an impressive time of 11.53 in the 100m and 22.86 in the 200m at regionals. He is on pace to break both 100m and 200m records set in 1999 and 2012.
The final schedule is available here: Final Schedule
May 30 2017 - Twilight Series
This Summer will feature 4 twilight meets between Moncton and Saint John. The Saint John Twilight meet will take place Thursday June 1st, followed by three Moncton meets Monday June 5th, Monday June 12th, andMonday July 3rd. The Saint John meet will begin at 5:45pm and the Moncton meets will start at 6:30pm. The events that are being offered at these meets will vary, so check the attached files for further details.
Thursday June 1st – Saint John
Monday June 5th – Moncton / Register at www.Trackiereg.com/Twilightseries1
Monday June 12th – Moncton / Register at www.Trackiereg.com/twilightseries2
Monday July 3rd – Moncton
With many national competitions this summer, such as Canada Games and Legion Nationals, many athletes will be searching for every chance that they can find to qualify for these great opportunities. These Twilight Series are designed to offer you a chance to get those last-minute standards for this summer. They will all start and finish under 2 hours, with the hopes that everyone is able to come out and knock down some personal bests.
May 30 2017 - Athlete Development and Support Program
Athlete Development and Support Program
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce the launch of our new Athlete Development and Support Program(ADSP), which will provide a framework for assisting our athletes to reach their highest potential through a system of direct and indirect support, designed to provide training and competition opportunities to help ANB athletes compete at the highest levels. To date, there are 102 athletes that have been named to these teams.
May 28 2017 - Great Performances at NBIAA Regionals
This past Saturday athletes from around the province competed in hopes to qualify for the NBIAA Track and Field Championships that will take place Saturday June 3th at the Canada Games Stadium in St John.
Qualification regionals were held in both Rexton and Saint John to determine the top eight athletes in each event, from each region, who will compete in this weekend’s provincial championship. In the case of high jump, a qualifying height was required to advance.
On Saturday May 27th, the NBIAA regional meets were held in Rexton and Saint John. Cool temperatures prevailed at both meets.
Martine Hache of Ecole Carrefore Beausoleil placed first in all three of her events: the junior girls 100m (13.71s), 200m (29.10s) and long jump (4.49m).
Jana Pfiffer of Riverview High finished first in the junior girls 800m (2:33.94) and first in the 300m hurdles (49.20s).
Jayden Mah of Miramichi Valley jumped well, placing first in the junior girls triple jump with a distance of 8.96m.
Veronique Omalosan of Ecole L’Odessee ran well, placing first in both the senior girls 100m (13.14) and 200m (26.64).
Laura Dickinson of Miramichi Valley ran two strong races, finishing first in the senior girls 1500m and 3000m with times of 4:56.00 and 10:14.74 respectively.
Magkda Mekonnen of Ecole L’Odessee ran a senior girls 400m hurdles (73.54) for a first-place finish and jumped to second place in both the long jump (4.34m) and triple jump (10.31m).
Brianna Forbes of Bonar Law also placed first in both the senior girls long jump (4.75m) and triple jump (10.32m).
Rachelle Hache of Ecole Carrefour Beausoleil threw for a first-place finish in the senior girls shot put and discus with throws of 10.06m and 27.79m respectively.
Jordan Henri of Bernice MacNaughton placed first in the junior boys 100m and 200m dashes with fast times of 11.53 and 22.86.
Anthony Cormier of Ecole L’Odyssee ran to first place finishes in both the junior boys 400m (59.41) and 800m (2:21.60).
Owen Enstrom completed both the junior boys 1500m and 3000m races with times of 4:51.82 and 10:42.19 respectively to finish in the top position in both events.
Andrew Boudreau of Bathurst High jumped 5.31m and 10.89m in the junior boys long and triple jump respectively to claim first place in each.
Samuel Bourque of Ecole Clement Cormier placed first in both junior boys shot put and discus with throws of 12.62m and 44.48m.
Olivier Landry of Polyvalante threw 41.19m in the junior boys’ javelin to finish first.
Mickyle Welsh of Riverview High won both the senior boys 100m and 200m with times of 12.35 and 23.62 respectively.
Alexi Cedric Roy of ESN completed both the senior boys 800m and 1500m with times of 2:08.16 and 4:37.75 to win the event.
Alex Cormier of Mgr Marcel-F placed first in both the senior boys long jump (5.73m) and triple jump (11.77m).
Walker Campbell of Bonar Law threw well, placing first in both the senior boys shot put and discus with throws of 13.47m and 40.13m respectively. Campbell also placed second in the 100m with a time of 12.52s.
In Saint John:
Mackenzie Hall of Fredericton High placed first in the junior girls 400m (63.67s) and 800m (2:28.70).
Julia Leblanc of Saint John High finished all three of her events in first place: junior girls 80m hurdles (14.83), 300m hurdles (51.49), and long jump (4.72m).
Jillian Beck of Harbour View placed first in both the junior girls’ discus and javelin with throws of 23.33m and 37.14m respectively.
Samantha Taylor of Canterbury High ran well, placing first in both the senior girls 100m (13.22s) and 200m (26.70s).
Robyn Davis of Fredericton High ran the senior girls 400m and 800m in times of 60.86 and 2:28.63 to place first in both.
Marie-Pier Cloutier of Ecole Samuel finished first in the senior girls 100m hurdles with a time of 19.01s. Cloutier also had a second-place finish in the 100m (13.39), as well as placing third in the 200m (28.21).
Lexie Shannon of Leo Hayes High placed first in the senior girls triple jump (10.92m) and second in the long jump (5.00m).
Liam Robertson of Oromocto High ran well, finishing first in the junior boys 100m and 200m with times of 12.46 and 25.97 respectively.
Stephen Feeney of Sir James Dunn won both the junior boys 400m (58.04) and 3000m (11:10.25) distances.
Mitchell Kean of Leo Hayes High finished first in both the junior boys 800m (2:12.42) and 1500m (4:29.46).
Craig Thorne of Kennebecassis also took first place in the junior boys 100m hurdles (14.76) and 300m hurdles (42.06).
Kenneth McGovern ran times of 25.49s and 52.88s in the senior boys 200m and 400m dashes respectively, winning each event.
Lars Schwarz of Ecole Saint placed first in the senior boys 1500m and 300m run with times of 4:30.12 and 9:40.96.
Ryan Evans of Saint John High also took first place in the senior boys 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles with times of 16.49 and 62.98s.
These results set the stage for an exciting NBIAA Provincial meet, looking forward to athletes setting new NBIAA provincial records at this event.
Full results of the Regional Championships can be found at : http://anb.ca/Results/index.php
May 25 2017 - NBIAA Regionals
This coming Saturday, the largest track meet of the outdoor season will be taking place. The NBIAA Track and Field Regionals will take place in the South-West region, at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John, and in the North-East region, at the Shawn Graham Athletic Facility in Rexton. Over 700 athletes compete, all of whom are drawn from the 51 High schools in the province. This meet provides the opportunity for break out performances by people who would have otherwise perhaps never considered track and field as their sport.
The top eight in each event, per age category, will advance to the NBIAA Provincial Championships the following Saturday in Saint John. Whereas for High Jump, all of those who pass the qualifying height will earn a ticket to compete the next weekend.
This year everyone is excited to see who will drop some more NBIAA provincial records, who will be this season’s new breakout athlete, and who will be the one to come out and show everyone why they are the best.
May 23 2017 - Genevieve Lalonde will run at Prefontaine Classic
Genevieve Lalonde is stepping up once again onto the world stage of track and field with an invitation to a star studded field at this upcoming weekend`s annual Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Competing in her 3000 meter Steeplechase are no less than 13 other athletes all with personal best under Lalonde’s national record of 9:30 including all three 2016 Olympic medallists and the current world record holder. The women`s steeplechase has an 8:25 Pacific time start on Friday May 26th evening.
This most prestigious IAAF Diamond League meet has grown to become one of the household names of high level competition. It has made history on many occasions with a multitude of world leading and world record performances. Also competing are 100 meter bronze and silver Olympic medallist, Canada’s André De Grasse and American Justin Gatlin, four time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and world record holder Ethiopia`s Genzebe Dibaba both competing in the men and women 5,000 meter.
May 22 2017 - JDLF Tryouts and Open Meet recap
Track and Field Athletes don’t take holidays. That’s why this Victoria Monday, the athletes participated to the Jeux de la Francophonie Canadian trials Meet and Open Meet. With little wind and great temperatures there were some impressive accomplishments.
The men`s long jump competition showcased Pierre Landry of ASEA who jumped a 6.25m good enough for first place and Alex Cormier who jumped 6.06m which finished him 2ed overall.
In the men`s 800 Jérémie Godin of ASEA won with a time of 2:01.96 followed closely by Alexi Roy of Chaleur had a time of 2:02.50
The men`s 100m final saw the provincial season`s best time so far which was run by Tyrell Marin of Restigouche with a time of 11.05.
Women`s Hammer throw saw two competitors throw over the 50m barrier. Naomie Maltais of ASEA and Elisabeth Macdonald threw 50.94m and 51.70m respectively.
Véronique Omalosanga of ASEA won the 100m with a respectful time of 12.61. Shelby MacIsaac won her division for the 100m and ran her best time of the day in the prelims with 13.06.
Erin Vringer of Saint John and Mikayla Boucher of YHZ ran in the women`s U15 2000m where Erin won with a time of 6:39.04 followed by Mikayla in second who ran 6:43.74.
Craig Thorne of Saint John won the 110m Hurdles with a time of 15.19.
Sierra Sweeney of YHZ won the 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.49.
May 21 2017 - 2017 Canada Summer Games Online Registration Directions
All prospective athletes (able bodied, para, and Special O) must complete the online registration system by Friday June 16th, 2017! If you are intending on trying out for Team NB on June 23-25 you must complete the online registration and doing so early will avoid any last-minute requirements.
English Link: http://cg2017.gems.pro/Register.aspx?SetLanguage=en-CAPlease click on the link above. Click on the appropriate title (athlete/coach/manager) Fill in the required personal details. Upload a “passport” style digital photo. Confirm your consent (select YES) to the release waiver, medical, and provincial/territorial code of conduct. Create a password for your account.
Upon successful completion, you will receive an email with your access number and password that you provided. This will allow you to change or modify your information as needed.
In addition to the online registration all participants must print and sign the participant agreement (page 6 of the attached PDF file), print and sign the participant release, waiver and consent (page 8 and 9 of attached PDF file), print and sign the consent for medical, therapeutic, chiropractic, and/or surgical treatment (page 10 and 11 of the attached PDF). All of these forms must be given to the team manager, Rachelle McDonald, in person in Saint John at some point between the start of and end of the CSG trials on Sunday June 25th in Saint John.
Thank you for your assistance in this process,
Head Coach Athletics Team NB
May 21 2017 - Saint John Track Club Spring Meet
This past Saturday May 20th, at the Canada Games stadium in Saint John, the Saint John track club held the second meet of the season. Despite strong winds some athletes had very good performances.
Laura Dickinson of ASEA ran in the 17-18 year old 5000m with a time of 17: 00.73 giving her an A + standard for the Canada Games.
Brady Graves of the SJTC current also for the University of Guelph obtained the A standard for the Canada Games at 5000m with a time of 14: 57.80.
Joshua Shanks who also raced the 5000m, came in second with a time of 15: 21.92 giving him the B standard for the Canada Games.
Jennifer Bell of miramichi of ASEA, to throw 13.52m at the weight throw which gets her a standard A for the Canada Games.
Shelby MacIssac of ASEA, won both events the 100m and 200m in the 14-15 year old category with times of 13.78 and 27.47 respectively.
Marie-Pier Cloutier of the Samuel de Champlain school finished first in the 100m with a time of 13.53 and in the 200m with a time of 28.44. She also ran the 400m where she placed 3rd.
Kenneth McGovern of Saint John High won his two races in the 16-17 age category. He ran his 200m with a time of 24.47 and his 400m with a time of 53.78.
``Despite ridiculous wind, there were some great performances leading into a big year for these athletes. We are all excited to see these athletes realize their potential this summer.``
- Steve Leblanc, Director of High Performance for New-Brunswick
May 18 2017 - JDLF 2017: International Games Highlights Development of Elite Track & Field Athletes in New Brunswick
For New Brunswick’s burgeoning track and field program, the World Francophone Games holds overwhelming significance. What a change from just 10 years ago when Athletics New Brunswick counted only 10 senior athletes in its membership.
Ten years later backed by a changed provincial culture that support sport promotion, and following NB’s hosting of the 2010 IAAF World Juniors, the 2013 North American and Caribbean and three national championships combined with the hard work, passion, and dedication of countless coaches, professionals, and volunteers, athletics has transformed into one of the largest participation sports in NB, from which have emerged international caliber athletes.
The NB team heading the International Francophone Games in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, this August are certainly of that class. 9 Athletes will wear the New Brunswick colors in Track and Field They are Grace Annear (800m-1500m ) of Hampton, Barry Britt (1500m-5000m-10 000m Hampton) ,Shelley Doucet (Marathon Saint John) , Jonathan Gionet (Shot Put – Bathurst), Elizabeth Macdonald (Hammer Throw – Oromocto) Sarah Macpherson (800m-1500m -Fredericton) ,Naomie Maltais (Hammer Throw Val D’amour) Chris Robertson (Decathlon –Moncton) and Alex Witmer (High Jump – Moncton)
The Jeux de la Francophonie brings athletes from over 80 countries in various sports and cultural events. Track and field is one of the core sports and brings the very best athletes in the world.
The International Francophone Organization recognises official French language states, where the language holds a significant influence in culture and government. As Canada’s only officially bilingual province, New Brunswick did earn an independent cultural recognition and, thus, fields its own competitive delegation.
For athletes from the small and culturally rich province, this international championship could not arrive at a better moment.
New Brunswick’s top athletes use this meet as a ‘stepping stone’ competition. “Les Jeux de la Francophonie provides just the international experience they need. It will help prepare them for future national team qualification and for international success,” says ANB’s Executive Director and JDLF head Coach, Gabriel LeBlanc. “Three years out from the Olympic games, it’s the perfect competition to get the ball rolling.”
Case and point: at the 2013 JDLF in Nice, France, Geneviève Lalonde won the bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase and then Rio 2016, she smashed the Canadian record and qualified for the Olympic final.
In the past, merely keeping New Brunswick athletes in sport was a challenge. Often, the high cost of training and travel resigned athletes to casual participation or retirement. Further, the small competition pool discouraged athletes from continuing after high school. Except for the rare few who immediately reached Olympic caliber, ten years ago, New Brunswick lacked a platform upon which they could hope to become serious senior athletes.
ANB’s adult elites travelled for the opportunity and relocated for resources. In high school, Sarah MacPherson commuted to New York City, where the stiff competition helped her run fast enough to earn a NCAA Division One scholarship. After high school, NBIAA champions Ryan Cassidy, Adam Gaudes, and Grace Annear moved to train in Victoria BC. While Lalonde moved to Guelph, Ontario.
However, over the last decade, change rolled in. With it came new opportunities. Today, athletes can pursue the road to excellence within their home province, including the fact that UNB and l’Université de Moncton both offer well-developed varsity athletics ‘programs.
Hosting the 2010 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championship sparked a rise in awareness and interest. Government funding improved, which allowed ANB to hire High-Performance coaches. Young athletes saw first hand the possibility of international competition. Once inspired, they could then access high-level coaching to help them reach that level.
ANB rolled with that momentum. It spearheaded the Maritime Track League, which brings the best of from these three provinces into one competitive circuit. They hosted two Senior National Championships, which highlighted the reality of professional competition. To support the burgeoning elite population, they created a sophisticated financial support system, hosted workshops, and hired specialists in the fields of conditioning, biomechanics, nutrition, and sports psychology. A new indoor track facility is scheduled to break ground in Saint John. And, finally, the organisation cultivates a province-wide Integrated Support Team.
According to LeBlanc, the new IST initiative is a key component to athletic growth – and, something the organisation is delighted to finally offer. “It’s huge. It recognises all the other components beyond the training program. Injury management and prevention, strength and conditioning, mental performance, and culture of excellence.”
The effort and initiative paid off. 9 New Brunswick athletes will make the trip to Ivory Coast this July and all have surpassed the international standard to compete at these games.
“Our goal has always been to show athletes that not only can they reach their goals, but they can reach their goals from home,” says LeBlanc. “We’ve built the framework for the opportunity. And now, with the upcoming Francophone Games, we get to prove that it’s working.”
Leading up to the 2013 JDLF, only one team member achieved standard while training in New Brunswick. Today, athletes no longer need to move away to reach their potential. Eight members of the 2017 Team Canada–Nouveau-Brunswick surpassed qualification standards while living and training in-province. Elizabeth MacDonald, Barry Britt, Shelly Doucet, Jonathan Gionet, Chris Robertson, Alex Witmer, Naomie Maltais, and Grace Annear have all harnessed ANB’s resources and, in the summer of 2016, achieved the necessary results.
The other team member, Sarah MacPherson, today resides out of province, though she partakes in her home province’s events whenever she can. ANB plans to release articles on these star’s unique and individual journeys throughout the months leading up to the games.
LeBlanc will be accompanied by Fredericton coach Yvan Pelletier, a veteran of the JDLF, having served as head coach in 2005 and 2013.
The eighth World Francophone Games will take place on the Savannah of the Cote d’Ivoire. In July, our nine New Brunswick athletes will pack their suitcases and fly off to a tropical city bursting with a culture entirely different from their own. Once there, they will stand up against some of the world's top competitors and perform before an international assembly and the world.
With any Games comes a sense of symbolism, of deeper significance. “Because of who we are, and because of our heritage, we have this incredible opportunity,” says LeBlanc. At JDLF 2017, that our little province is ready to shine.
May 17 2017 - May Long Weekend to Host Two Great Track and Field Competitions
SJTC Spring Open
This weekend will be a busy one for New Brunswick track and field. On Saturday, May 20th the Saint John Track Club will be hosting their annual spring opener meet at the UNBSJ Canada Games Stadium. This meet is always well attended and will feature high school and open division.
Registration deadline is Thursday at midnight. Athletes can register by going to: https://www.trackiereg.com/SJTC-SJHSSpringmeet
JDLF Try-outs and Open Meet
On Monday May 22nd (Victoria Day), the Moncton Stadium will host the Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne Tryouts and Open meet. This meet is open to all ages, but will also serve as the tryout for the New Brunswick Jeux de la Francophonie team.
Eligible athletes for this team must attend a francophone institution and be born between January 1st 1999 and December 31st 2003.
More information about this team and criteria please visit: http://anb.ca/Programs/jeux-franc2.php
The entry deadline for this competition is Thursday the 18th at midnight. Athletes can register by going to: http://www.trackiereg.ca/NBfran
May 17 2017 - ANB Summer Student Positions Available
Athletics New Brunswick is currently still accepting applications from interested students for summer employment positions as Run Jump Throw Wheel Coordinators. The successful candidates will be expected to travel to track and field meets, organize/deliver programs and coordinate with various groups.
We are currently accepting applications for the following Federal Government assisted positions:
· RJTW Coordinator – Saint John/Rothesay Area
Duties and requirements for these positions include the following:
· Ability to work evening and weekends to meet the needs of track meets and events
· Able to travel to the club facility and local area track meets as required
· Assist in the delivery and administration of RJTW instructor training sessions
· Coordinate volunteers and schedules at several events as required
· Administer the Run Jump Throw Wheel program at the local club
· Good knowledge of the sport of Track & Field
· Bilingualism would be an asset
· Other related duties as required
Potential Candidates: need to be 16 years or older and returning to studies in the fall.
This position is ideal for individuals who are proactive and able to work independently and in a group. Their contribution is key to the continued expansion of Track and Field throughout New Brunswick.
Positions are roughly 8 weeks in duration, 35 hours per week position paying $12.00 an hour. These positions are funded via Service Canada and will begin late May to early June. Applicants are asked to forward their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thurdsay, May 25, 2017. Please clearly indicate which position (area) you are interested in.
For students who have applied for, and been accepted into the SEED Program:
ANB has a few RJTW Coordinator Positions available. Please visit the SEED Job Bank to apply for these positions. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com for clarification.
May 15 2017 - Great Early results at the ASEA Spring Open meet
The ASEA Spring Open took place this past weekend of Saturday May 13th. As this was the season opener for many athletes, records were still broken and great performances were still accomplished. Unlike much of New-Brunswick’s typical Spring weather, it was a warm day with little wind, allowing for 12 provincial records to be broken.
The first New Brusnwick record that was broken was the 200m youth record by Jordan Henri of Moncton (ASEA) who ran 22.37. Jordan also ran a great time in the 100m of 11.11 . These personal best times give Jordan the B standard for Canada Games, currently place him 4th in the country for the U18 200m and places him 5th in the country for the U18 100m.
Shayne Dobson of Campbeltown , ASEA, also broke his own provincial record and personal best in the T37 1500m with a time of 4:20.90. This being Shane’s season opener, he still managed to run a time that currently ranks him second in the world. Shane represented Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games this past summer where he placed 5th in the 1500m.
James Brace of Intervale (ASEA) broke 2 Provincial marks this weekend in the F56 Wheelchair Discus 1kg and F56 Javelin 600g Throws. He threw 16.47m in the Wheelchair Javelin Throw and 20.32m in the Wheelchair Discus Throw. Brace also won the wheelchair Shot put event.
Heather Leblanc Broke 2 records in the Master’s category. She threw two personal bests which beat her own provincial records, with throws of 7.71m in the 3kg Shot Put and 20.47m in the Discus Throw.
Andrew Justason also broke a provincial record in Pole Vault and Long Jump. He had a vault of 2.95m, surpassing the previous record of 2.84m. In Long Jump he jumped 5.27m earning himself yet another record.
Imrich Kiraly also had a big weekend competing in Shot Put, Discus Throw, and Javelin Throw. In the 4kg Shot Put, he bested his own record by one centimetre with a throw of 10.62m.Carol Lynn Landry of Grand Bay Westfield set 3 Women's 40-44 New Brunswick record first in the 400m with a clocking of 1:24.94, in the 800m in 3:24. 64 then finally in the 3000m with a time of 14:43.90.
Some other highlights from this weekend come from some younger ASEA athletes.
Véronique Omalosanga who is a Junior ran the 100m in 12.79s and the 200m in 25.59s. Her 200m time gives her B standard for Canada Games.
Shelby MacIsaac ran the 200m in 26.58s as a Midget which gives her Legion standard.
Erika Desprès who is a bantam ran the 150m in 20.43s and jumped 4.44m in Long Jump, both results putting her close to the Legion standard.
The next meets on the provincial schedules are the SJTC Spring open in Saint John this Saturday May 20th and the Canadian francophone games Trial and open meet on Monday May 22nd in Moncton.
May 10 2017 - The Maritime Track League is Back
The Maritime Track League is back again this season! The Maritime Track League is a series of events that will offer high performance track and field competitions opportunities to athletes from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island!
The placings are determined by a scoring scheme where the athlete’s overall score will be the sum of the three best performances they have over the course of the selected meets.
An athlete can record more than one performance from a single meet, but to be eligible must still compete in 2 meets plus Atlantics to be eligible for the prizes, all while being a member in good standing of their provincial branch to be eligible for the League.
Athletics New Brunswick, Athletics Nova Scotia, and Athletics PEI have been working on this project for the past few years, with it growing at a great rate which has enabled the increase of the prize money by $100 for each category. This results in a first-place prize of $850, second-place of $500, and third-place of $350. These are awarded across the men’s, women’s, and para’s categories.
For more info about the Maritime Track League : http://www.maritimetrackleague.ca/
Last year’s winners were:
MENSNick MacMackin 235.0pts Matthew Coolen 229.0pts Joshua Lunda 228.79pts
WOMENSShannay Beals 246.2pts Victoria LeBlanc 233.9pts Tess McDonald 232.0pts
PARAShayne Dobson 2032pts Ryan Shay 431pts Casey Perrin 217pts
The selected meets for 2017 are as follows:
ASEA Spring Opener
Moncton, NBMay 20 SJTC Spring Opener Saint John, NB
JDLF Canadian Trials meet + Open meet
NB Outdoor Championships
Jun 23 - 25
East Coast Games + Canada Games Trials
Saint John, NB
Jun 23 - 25
Canada Games Trials + Open Meet
Lower Sackville, NS
Jul 8 - 9
Athletics NS Outdoor Track and Field Provincials
Jul 8 - 9
ANB Performance Meet
Jul 22 - 23
Atlantic Track and Field Championships
May 9 2017 - Reframing the multi-sport participation model for the track and field athlete
As a coach who has worked with development athletes from multiple provinces, teams, organizations, and groups who have taken part in dozens of activities at the same time I can fully attest to the craziness and questions that arise when trying to balance it all. However, I fully support a multi-sport environment and dealing with the craziness as the variety of experiences for the developing athletes in their middle and high school years are a proven beneficial fact. But the question then shifts to how the high school athlete fits it all in?
Framing my answer from the viewpoint of a track and field coach in my opinion there isn’t a right answer. Track coaches can’t bench their players or threaten them with decreased playing time so we are usually just happy to see the athletes on the days that they come. I only wish that other sports supported embracing a balance as much as we do. However, this approach is a compromise and comes with an understanding from the coach, athlete, and support team (parents, etc) that every choice comes with consequences. So, the question then becomes why do we participate in track and field training at all? If the athlete is going to soccer, baseball/softball, hockey, and basketball aren’t they doing more than enough to be fit and still compete well? The short answer is usually yes, they are. They are getting a number of training boxes checked and this is why we want multi-sport participation and also why we see multi-sport athletes who have never done track come out and still be successful over others. But where does track fit and why should we prioritize it to attend two to three practices per week?
This comes from the development aspects of learning and specific training that enhances the team sport. I’ll start with the second. Track and Field is one of the purest sports around and the requirements of sprinting as fast as possible or doing intervals are usually not done in the same manner as a team sport so the training effect isn’t as significant. Running is running but which running workout is going to have the biggest impact on increasing performance in all sports – running at basketball or maximum speed sprinting at track? One of those will help with both while the other will barely move the needle in the other. If we go back to the first example of learning the situational demands and well-rounded approach to development that occur in track practice – warm up, medicine ball throws, specific strengthening through bands and tubes, running mechanics, technical drills, some energy system manipulation (fast sprinting or specific intervals), and then a structured cool down that increases flexibility, range of motion, and increases the prevention of injuries are rarely done in the team sport environment. In the case of track and field practice it is the practice that benefits all the other sports. Track will positively impact hockey. Track will positively impact basketball. Track will positively impact soccer. Track will positively impact baseball/softball. Can the same be said about a baseball/softball practice having a positive impact on hockey to the same extent? Usually not but as always there are exceptions and reasons as to why we want to shift the priorities in that that multi-sport involvement.
In closing I, as a coach, want to be involved in a multi-sport long term athlete development program where athlete participation in a number of activities is supported and then decreases in the late teens as performance goals become clearer and opportunities with a greater chance of success become evident. However, with an increasing number of opportunities comes an increase in stress and costs in making those decisions based around which one do I skip today? What will happen if I skip ______ (insert sport)? What happens if I skip track? While track will still miss out more often than team sports perhaps we should look at track as the primary training for all those other sports and the glue that links success between them all together. Athlete experiences and performance are better in their team sport because of track so keep the track going and keep the performance in the team sport increasing. I have seen too often the situation where the track athlete goes to a team sport where they are initially successful only followed by reduction in team sport level success because they stopped coming to track in order to only focus on the team sport. They stopped doing what made them good in the first place. A balance must be reached and hard decisions made but track is the foundation for success so try to make sure it is being prioritized accordingly.
This article is the seventh of a monthly segment called Coaching Connection. If you are looking for additional ideas or assistance with any of the details above, do not hesitate to reach out. Additionally, ideas for future topics are encouraged or if you would like to contribute to this monthly activity please contact a member of the staff at Athletics New Brunswick.
May 8 2017 - Athletics New Brunswick names it's International Jeux de la Francophonie Team
Athletics New Brunswick is excited to announce that nine athletes have been chosen to represent New Brunswick at the 8thedition of Les Jeux de la Francophonie, which will take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from July 21st - 30th. Gabriel LeBlanc of Dieppe and Yvan Pelletier of Fredericton have been named as Head Coach and Events Coach, respectively. These nine athletes together hold 20 New Brunswick provincial outdoor records.
“This year we are bringing one of our largest team ever, which demonstrates the growth of the sport of athletics in the Province of New Brunswick. These athletes are some of the very best from our Province and this international competition will serve as a great stepping stone in their careers. The next Jeux de la Francophonie will be held here in New-Brunswick in 2021, putting our whole Province on the world stage, just as our great athletes will be doingthis July”, states Marc Lalonde, ANB’s president.
Grace Annear (800m – 1500m) of Hampton holds 5 provincial records. She holds the U23 and Senior provincial records in the 800m with her best time being 2:03.03, and holds another 3 provincial records in the Junior, U23, and Senior 4x400m relay. Grace achieved the 800m and 1500m A+ standard for these games, one of only three NB athletes to reach the A+ standard and the only one to reach it in two events.
Sarah MacPherson (800m – 1500m) of Fredericton has run the 1500m in 4:16.32 to give her the A+ standard, and has also ran the 800m in 2:05.71 to give her the A standard. She is one of the 3 athletes to reach an A+ standard, solidifying her elite athlete status in the province.
Barry Britt (1500m – 5000m – 10 000m) of Hampton holds 3 provincial records. He holds the Senior 5000m provincial record with a time of 13:52.70, and the U23 and Senior provincial records in the 10000m with his best time of 29:21.99. Barry achieved the A+ standard in the 1500m and the A standard in the 5000m and 10000m. He is one of three athletes to reach the A+ standard for these games.
Shelley Doucet (Marathon) of Quispamsis holds 2 provincial road running records. She holds the 10 Mile provincial record of 1:01.20 and the Marathon provincial record of 2:46.29. She also ranks top 3 all time on the road in the 5km, 8km, 10km, 15km and half marathon in her age group, despite only running for less than 4 years. Shelley achieved the A standard in the Marathon, is the only NB road runner attending these games, and was most recently named Athlete of The Month by Athletics New-Brunswick for her outstanding performance at the Boston Marathon.
Chris Robertson (Decathlon) of Moncton holds 4 provincial records. He holds the Junior discus throw record of 44.52m, along with the Junior, U23, and Senior provincial records for the Decathlon, with a best score of 6828 points. Chris achieved the A standard in the Decathlon and will be the only combined event athlete from New Brunswick at these games.
Jonathan Gionet (Shot Put) of Bathurst holds 4 provincial records. He holds the U23 and Senior discus throw provincial records with his best being 44.92m as well as the u23 indoor shotput record with a throw of 15.66m and the senior indoor shotput record with a toss of 16.76m. However, he will be attending the games and competing in the shot put as he achieved the A standard in this event.
Naomie Maltais (Hammer throw) of Val-d’Amour holds the U23 Hammer throw provincial record with a throw of 52.96m. She achieved the A standard in the event and will be one of two hammer throwers attending the Games for New Brunswick.
Elizabeth MacDonald (Hammer throw) of Oromocto holds 3 provincial records. She holds the Youth, Junior, and Senior provincial records in hammer throw with her best performance being a distance of 54.85m. She achieved the A standard and is the second hammer thrower attending these games for New Brunswick.
Alex Witmer (High Jump) of Moncton is second all time in the province for high jump. With a great indoor season that had some giant clearances, Alex is just waiting to break out and grab the provincial record. Alex achieved the A standard in high jump and will be attending the games as the only jumper from New Brunswick.
Gabriel LeBlanc - Head Coach
Yvan Pelletier - Events Coach
May 3 2017 - ACADO - Track and field Program
Athletics New Brunswick is happy to announce a new program in collaboration with acAdo. The two organizations have taken steps to launch a new introductory track & field program to the three Francophone schools in the region. This 8-session program for Grades 3 to 5 will be a great way to experience this sport while having fun. Given that track & field events are the fundamental basis for all sports, it is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn not only athletic skills, but also skills that could help them develop further in other sports.
Our instructors are university athletes trained by Athletics NB. The program is designed with activity stations where instructors can demonstrate and support the basic movements in each of the disciplines (Run, Jump, Throw).
We will visit:
École des Bâtisseurs - Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm - May 18 - June 22.
Arc-en-Ciel School - Mondays from 14:45 to 15:45 - 15 May - 19 June.
École les Éclaireurs - Tuesdays from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm - May 16 - June 20.
Registrations must be done before May 16th at www.trackiereg.ca
May 1 2017 - CSG Staffing Update
Head coach Jason Reindl is pleased to announce Carl McIntosh (Fredericton Legion Track Club) as a coach for this summer’s Jeux du Canada Games being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 27 to August 5th (week 1 sports). Carl is named to the team following the transfer of Yvan Pelletier from the CSG team to the JDLF team in accordance with the staff selection guidelines submitted to the ANB Board of Directors in March 2015.
“I’m very excited to be a part of this CSG team! The number of quality athletes vying for a spot on the team is great for New Brunswick. As part of the staff, I look forward to working with this great crop of athletes as they perform on the biggest national stage for this age group. I'm very optimistic that we will be seeing great performances this summer,” said Coach Carl McIntosh.
Head Coach Jason Reindl added, "We are extremely excited to have Carl on staff. This will be his third time coaching at the games and he brings a wealth of experience having coached at the CSG, legion, and university levels.”
Carl now joins the finalized staff of:Jason Reindl - Head Coach Rachelle McDonald - Manager Sue Ellis-Loparco - Manager Bill MacMackin - Coach Kathleen Kiely - Coach Jennifer Butler - Coach Peter Stuart - Coach Carl McIntosh - Coach Athena Francis - Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program Jason Agnew - Special O Coach
• 2019-06-21 - More Than 15 Provincial Record Holders Competing This Weekend