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Jun 27 2017 - CSG Final Team List
After a 24 hour waiting period to hear appeals of which there were none Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce its 2017 Jeux Canda Games team that will be competing in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 31 to August 4. The athletes will travel to the games on July 27th and take part in the opening ceremonies on the 29th of July before the action starts on the track, circles, and runways.
"Myself and our entire coaching staff are extremely excited to be leading this group of athletes into the games in Winnipeg. As 2017 is a big year for Canada and its 150th we are antipating and looking forward to being a part of an amazing games. We feel that this group will represent all that New Brunswick stands for as a province as leaders and supporters to all," said Head Coach Jason Reindl.
Jun 26 2017 - CSG Preliminary Team List
This is not the final team list. A 24-hour period to request an appeal is currently underway. A final team list will be published no later than Friday June 30th. Athletes who wish to appeal the selection process have until noon on Tuesday (12:00pm AST) to contact the chair of the appeals commitee, Dave Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) as per section 5 of the selection criteria which can be found under the selection criteria document under the Canada Games program section of the ANB website.
Please note that this is is not the entry list for the meet. The column "1st event for seleciton" was for selection purposes only and does not reflect all final events for athletes in Winnipeg.
Jun 26 2017 - East Coast Games and Canada Games Trials Recap
The East Coast Games took place this past weekend in Saint John, this year's edition also serving as the team trials for athletes hoping for a spot on Team New Brunswick for the Canada Summer Games. With the provinces best U23 athletes in attendance, the crowd was well entertained with superb performances.
Jun 23 2017 - Canada Games Trials set for Tonight !
The stage is set for a very competitive weekend at the Canada Games Stadium in beautiful Saint John, New Brunswick. As part of Saint John’s East Coast Games the track and field events will begin Friday evening, with a full complement of events running until late Sunday afternoon. This meet is a very important event for New Brunswick Track and Field Athletes, as they compete for a spot on the New Brunswick Canada Games team to be named following this weekend’s competition. The successful athletes awarded a place on Team NB will travel to the 50th Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba to compete from July 28th until August 1st.
New Brunswick has several athletes who are in positions to claim a spot on the podium in Winnipeg this summer.
Veronica Coombes of Moncton will be looking for a good performance to complement her success to date and looking to secure a place on Team NB.
Laura Dickinson of Miramichi will compete in the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m distance. Laura has already achieved A+ standard in both events in the months leading up to this competition. She will look to improve these fast times as she looks to secure a spot on the NB team.
Miramichi native Jennifer Bell also enters this weekend having achieved the A + standard in shotput during this outdoor season.
After an excellent academic season, Saint John’s Nick MacMackin will continue to build on his success as he looks to secure his place on Team NB competing in the 800 m. He will be competing with Adrew LeBlanc of Fredericton one of Canadas top Junior 800m runners.
Jack Berkshire , of Fredericton is the top seed in the mens 400m and 200m .
Adrien Kinney is another athlete to watch over the weekend. He will be on the starting line of both the 100m and 200m races. Adrien will be challenged by a young Jordan Henri who despite his age has surprised many since the beginning of this track season.
Jordan Henri of Moncton a youngest on the team will be one to watch in the 100m and 200m.
Tess Macdonald of Fredericton will also be looking to secure her place on Team NB in both long jump and triple jump.
Finally, after a strong performance at the Canadian Championship, Allain Doucet of Dieppe will be looking to qualify for Team NB in the Decathlon.
It all happens this weekend at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John, NB, with the competition running Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is an open invitation to all, come out and take in a great weekend of track and field.
The 2017 Canada Summer Games Trials and East Coast Games meet kicks off on Friday, June 23. The Saint John Canada Games Stadium is hosting this exciting meet which runs from June 23rd to 25th. New Brunswick’s top athletes will be competing for a spot on New Brunswick’s team set to travel to Winnipeg Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games at the end of July.
Jun 22 2017 - JDLF Profile: Shelley Doucet -On making it all happen.
As our team prepares for The Jeux de La Francophonie in Africa , we will be featuring ANB athletes from the team over the next 6 weeks. Today we present you New Brunswick Fastest ever female Marathoner Shelley Doucet
Words by Grace Annear
Shelley Doucet -On making it all happen.
For Shelley Doucet, life is hectic. But she likes it that way.
When I first met Dr. Shelley Doucet, it was obvious that she’s a long distance runner. We were in an airport, her long hair was in a ponytail, and a pair of Salomon trail shoes swung from her backpack. A slight woman, her limbs convey the wiriness that only exists in mileage-hardened muscle. When she greeted me, there was a dual sense of intelligence and grit. It was immediately clear that, no matter the pursuit, this person has passion.
With the amount of success she’s had, it’s hard to believe that she’s only been running competitively for just over three years. In the heavy wind and 100% humidity of last October’s Toronto Waterfront Marathon, she crossed the line at 2:48.55. That time booked her ticket to the World Francophone Games.
What’s even more incredible, though, is how she balances her heavy training load with family life and an intense, full-time career.
The most highly educated member of Team Nouveau Brunswick—Canada, Shelley holds a Bachelor in Nursing degree from UNB, a Masters in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary studies from UNB. She also completed post-doctorate work at UBC. Currently, she is an associate professor and Jarislowsky Chair in Interprofessional Patient-Centered Care at UNBSJ.
Her days look something like this:
Wakes up at 4:30 in the morning and either starts her workday or goes for a run, depending on the weather. She and her husband Evan wake the kids up at 6:30 and get them ready for the day. She walks her 7 year-old son and two Airedale Terriers to the bus stop. If she has not yet gone for her morning run, she starts her run from the bus stop to save time. After her run, she then heads into work or works from home. Does yoga or lifts weights at lunch. In the late afternoon, does a second shorter run before supper. “After 5pm I’m home with the family. I rarely train after 5pm. It’s a general rule of mine and it works really well.”
Her flexible research job allows her to train the way she does, because most of the work can be done at any hour. Shelley works within the health care system, and her research studies the ways in which health care providers, social services, and education services can improve their mutual integration. “It’s based on exploring the needs of patients, and determining the gaps in the system, and then figuring out how to help fill in the gaps,” Shelley says. “It’s really exciting and meaningful work.”
Her natural penchant for hard work translated directly into her approach with racing and training. With that tenacity, though, came a few lessons to be learned.
“When I first started training [for marathons], I was really impatient. I wanted it all right away. I wanted big PBs, and I wanted to run the high mileage to get me there.”
“I kept getting injured. Most injuries came from inactive glutes, and once tightness started, I’d continue to run through it.” The choice to push through pain always resulted in taking a step backwards. “Then, the problem would get worse, and I’d be out for 3 months. I’d have to start all over again, from scratch.”
Two changes made all the difference. The first was hiring a coach. The second was learning to take care of herself.
“I knew I needed a coach to hold me back and help me train smarter,” Shelley says. “I spoke with Gabe Leblanc, who suggested that John Lofranco, the coordinator for Road Running Athletics Canada, would be a good fit for me.”
John’s training approach prioritizes quality in workouts and recovery on easy days. In 2016, Shelley was finally injury free.
“I think I’m a very difficult athlete to coach. I’m very impatient. I wanted 200k weeks right off the get go, and I find it hard to hold myself back.”
Shelley’s coach taught her to check her motivations for racing. He encouraged her to pair down her competition schedule, and taught her the right moments to race and the right times to hold back. “I tend to finish a race and immediately start planning the next,” she says. In the past, this tendency stopped her from listening to her body’s needs and over-racing instead. After one race, when Shelley was fired up and read to go, her coach took her aside and forbade her from talking or thinking about racing for an entire week.
“I need to take the time to digest my races and not focus everything on racing. He makes me step back and be sure that I prioritize my long-term progress over my short-term ambitions.”
As she consistently amped up her mileage, she started eating healthier, and included natural anti-inflammatories [such as turmeric] to boost her recovery between workouts. She also started using Liv9 products – an iron supplement, balance and energy multi-vitamin, and their post-workout shakes – to help refuel her body’s needs. “I’m always educating myself more in sport and in training. Nutrition has also proven pretty crucial.”
So far, 2017 has been jam-packed for Shelley Doucet, and it’s only up from here. After two years in the making, her research team launchedNaviCare/SoinsNavi, a virtual center that helps young patients and their families navigate the complex health care system. She ran a provincial record of 2:45.46 at the Boston Marathon. She has spent many evenings cheering on the local Sea Dogs hockey team with her family, and her four-year-old daughter has even developed a crush on one of the Sea Dogs – Fleaburn. She’s built up to over eleven hours of minute-mileage a week. And, she’s going to compete on an international stage.
“I know training smart and consistently is a process that will eventually pay off,” she says. “In the end, what I love about this process is always striving to get the best out of myself.”
You can follow Shelley’s journey to JDLF through ANB or through her social media @shelleydoucet3
Jun 18 2017 - New-Brunswick Provincial Championships Recap
Athletics New-Brunswick held the Provincial Championships yesterday in Rexton. Other than some morning showers, the weather in the afternoon was uncharacteristically cooperative. With only a few illegal winds, it was a great last chance to hit some standards before Canada Games Trails which are being held next weekend at the East Coast Games. ASEA won the point tally of the championships walking away with the provincial banner.
Gabriel leblanc, the Technical Director of Athletics New-Brunswick shared his excitement about the Provincial Championships,
"This past weekend was a great sneak peak of what we could see next weekend at the East Coast Games. The caliber of competition that we saw this past weekend along with the determination that we saw in these athletes, goes to show the excitement that we can expect this coming weekend! Athletics New-Brunswick has never had this many competative athletes, in so many different events, at the same time."
Some of the exciting performances are as follows,
Janelle Allanach of ASEA ran a great time of 27.85 in the 200m to win first, and 44.86 in the 300m to finish second.
Mackenzie hall of Fast Tracks also ran a great time in the 300m with 43.47 to finish first.
Robyn Davis of Fast Tracks and Gedeline Pitre of ASEA had a close finish in the 400m with Robyn wining at the line with a time of 1:01.47 and Gedeline close behind with a time of 101:62.
Danielle Keefe of Fast Tracks won both the 1200m with the 3:49.10, and the 2000m with a time of 6:48.36.
Adrian Kinney ran the province’s best time in the 100m of the season, not to mention in a couple of years, with a time of 10.97 in the final.
Jordan Henri of ASEA also ran a good time in the 100m of 11.02 putting him close behind Adrian.
Michael Colford of Fast Tracks walked away with first place in the mens 1500m with a time of 4:00.08.
Craig Thorne of Saint John Track Club ran an amazing time of 14.94 in the 110m Hurdle, breaking the 15 second mark.
Brandon Cleghorn of ASEA jumed the B standard for Canada Games in High Jump and finished the competition with a jump of 1.86m.
Full results can be found here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=936
Jun 14 2017 - Canadian Francophone Games Team
Members of New Brunswick’s athletics team for the Jeux de la francophonie Canadienne have been announced!
The New Brunswick Athletics Team is proud to announce the 20 athletes who will represent New Brunswick at the seventh Jeux de la francophonie Canadienne in Moncton and Dieppe this summer.
The NB team is supported by the Federation of Young Francophones of New Brunswick.
The U16 women's athletes representing New Brunswick are Janelle Allanach (sprints, Dieppe), Vicky Albert (sprints and jumps, Bouctouche), Emily Doucet (sprints and shorts, Aldouane), Isabella Lemaire (middle distance, Dieppe) and Pascale Castonguay (shot put, Moncton).
In the U16 men's category the coaches selected Alex Gionet (sprints and jumps, Shippagan), Jérémie Albert (sprints and throws), Anthony Cormier Losier (midfield, Moncton), François Richard (middle distance, Dieppe) and Jérémie Hébert (shot put, Shediac Bridge).
At the women's U19 level, Joëlle Léger (sprints, Dieppe), Caroline Gagnon (sprints,Moncton), Sandrine Daigle (middle distance, Moncton), Kyla Hughes (shot put, Cocagne) and Rachelle Haché (shot put, Miramichi) have been named to the team.
Athletes named to the team in the men’s U19 category are Jean-Marc Gaudet (sprints and jumps, Dieppe), Christian Godin (shot put, Ste-Marie-St-Raphael), Jérémie Godin (middle distance, Dieppe), Alexi Cedric Roy (middle distance, Beresford) and Alex Cormier (jumps).
Coaches Jean-Marc Doiron, Miriook St-Arnauld-Hivon and Aaron LeBlanc made the team selections following the Jeux de la Francophonie selection competition held in Moncton on Monday, May 22. The Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne athletics competition is set to take place from July 11-15 at the Moncton Stadium at the Université de Moncton. For more information please contact Jean-Marc Doiron, Coach email@example.com
Jun 14 2017 - Biggest Ever New-Brunswick Middle School Championships
Tuesday June 12th saw the biggest New-Brunswick Middle School Championships ever take place at the Saint John Canada Games Stadium. With over 550 athletes registered, totalling in more than 1200 entries, this year’s competition was the best yet. With notable performances such as triple gold medals coming from Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview Middle School and Mayalou Qwanza of Ecole les Eclaires, along with standards smashed for the Legion Nationals, the caliber of this event has been elevated. Athletes dominated the podiums, some claiming a place in each event they participate. The future of the sport in the province has never been so promising, so exciting, or so competitive.
Here are the standout results from the different categories:
Grade 6 Girls
Tatum Fraser of Fundy High had a great competition claiming gold in the grade 6 girls 800m, bronze in the 150m, with times of 2:49 and 22.41.
Lily Thompson of Bliss Carman had a phenomenal weekend earning a gold in the Long Jump (4.07m), and two bronze medals in the 80m Hurdles and High Jump (1.25) (16.61)
Brenna Maxwell of Bliss Carman also had an outstanding performance with two silver medals in the 150m (22.38) and Long Jump (3.85m), along with a fourth-place finish in the 80m (11.74)
Mia Bennet of Bliss Carman got a pair of medals Tuesday, with a silver in the girls 1200m (4:34.72) and a bronze in the 800m (2:57.48).
Grade 7 Girls
Madison Wilson of Devon Middle School had two top two finishes with a gold in Long Jump (4.43m) and a silver in the 80m (10.93)
Avery Erb of Ecole les Eclaires had several top finishes with a fourth place in Long Jump (3.92m), a bronze in the 80m (11.24) and a gold in the 150m (21.73)
Lilli keschtkar of Goroge St Middle placed third in the 80m Hurdles (16.04) and fourth in the 80m (11.76)
The podiums of the 800m and 1200m saw some dominating performances, as the two podiums had the identical finishers in the gold, silver, and bronze positions. Not only is it rare to receive two medals for the same position, but for three girls to do it while having it all contained within only two events was remarkable.
Erin Vringer of Princess Elizabeth completed the double gold with impressive times of 2:29.96 (800m) and 3:51.04 (1200m).
Gabrielle Côté of Mgr completed the double silver in these two events with times of 2:38.38 (800m) and 4:13.26 (1200m).
Finally, Jessica White of George St Middle completed the double bronze with times of 2:38.85 (800m) and 4:22.63 (1200m)
Grade 8 Girls
Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview Middle did what no one else was able to do. Shelby completed the triple gold, placing first in all her events. She jumped 1.55m in High Jump surpassing the legion standard of 1.53m. She also ran 26.80 in the 200m surpassing the legion standard once more which was 26.95. Lastly, she ran 42.59 in the 300m again surpassing the legion standard of 43.04.
Sara Grant of Port Elgin had one of the best performances of the whole meet. She won Gold in the 100m (13.52) and the Long Jump (4.57) while taking a silver in the High Jump (1.50m).
Janelle Allanach of Carrefour de l’Acadie was another athlete who shined throughout this competition. She won the gold in the 200m Hurdles (32.41), along with two silvers in the 200m (28.32) and 300m (44.11).
Erika Despres of Ecole le Mascaret also had a great meet taking home a silver in the 100m (13.69) and a bronze in the 200m (28.51).
Madalyn Kean of Nashwaaksis held her own against the province's top sprinters with a bronze medal in the 300m (48.44) and a fourth-place finish in the 200m (30.52).
Emily Doucet of Ecole Soleil and Madeleine McLeod of Ecole Sainte traded gold a silver in the 800m and 1200m. In the 800m, Madeline won gold with a time 2:37.38 and Emily took silver as she ran a time of 2:41.61. In the 1200m, Emily and Madeline swapped places as Emily won gold with a time of 4:08.14, while Madeleine took silver with a time of 4:09.87.
Kate Weldon of Magnetic Hill finished with a gold in the 80m Hurdles (14.51), a
silver in the 200m Hurdles (33.15) and a bronze in High Jump (1.40).
Grade 6 Boys
Jackson Banks of Devon Middle won gold in the 80m (11.05) along with two silvers in the 150m (21.97) and Long Jump (4.20m).
Samson Mayo of Bliss Carman won gold in the 150m (21.66), and two silvers in the 80m (11.23) and in the 200m hurdles (31.92).
Matt Good of Devon Middle won double gold in High Jump (1.35) and in the 80m Hurdles (15.27) and bronze in the 200m Hurdles (32.04).
Owen Blaquier of George St completed the double gold in the 800m (2:35.75) and the 1200m (4:08.05)
Charlie Crowther of Nashwaaksis won a double silver in the 1200m (4:11.24) along with the 80m Hurdles (15.31), and a bronze in Long Jump (4.19m).
Grade 7 Boys
Alex Blizzard of Hampton Middle won double gold in the 80m (10.65) and the 150m (20.86), along with a sliver in the 80m Hurdles (15.46).
Guillaume Basque of Carrefour de l’acadie won two silver medals in both the 80m (10.97) and the 150m (21.26)
Lane Hinkley of magnetic brought home 2 bronze medals in the 80m (11.09) and the 150m (21.30).
Demitri Shakotko of Devon Middle also won double gold in the 80m Hurdles (13.76) and High Jump (1.48). Demitri also brought home a silver in the 200m hurdles (32.09).
Micah Landry of St. Stephen won two golds in the 800m (2:30.70) and the 1200m (3:50.41) and a silver in Long Jump (4.53m)
Grade 8 Boys
Mayalou Qwanza of Ecole les Eclaires won triple gold in the 100m (12.25), 200m (25.97) and the 200m hurdles (28.50).
Simon Melanson of Ecole Abbey won double silver in the 100m (12.52) and 200m (26.22).
Francois Richard of Carrefour de l’acadie won a gold in the 800m (2:15.19), a silver in the 1200m (3:32.54), and bronze in the 200m (27.49).
Owen Enstrom of Salisbury Middle won gold in the 1200m (3:31.01) and silver in the 800m (2:19.02).
Cole Huckins of Nashwaaksis won a silver in the 300m (43.34) and a bronze in the 800m (2:22.87).
Will Englehart of Nashwaaksis won silver in the Long Jump (4.90m) and a bronze in High Jump (1.55m)
Sixteen records were broke at this year’s NB Middle School Championship!
On the girl's side:
Makayla English of Nashwaaksis broke the grade 6 girls high jump record with a jump of 1.30m. Carys Jacobson of George Street is the new record holder in the grade 7 girls 80m dash with a time of 10.84s. The grade 7 girls 1200m record was bested by Erin Vringer of Princess Elizabeth, who ran a time of 3:51.04. Madison Wilson of Devon Middle had a best jump of 4.43m to claim the grade 7 girls long jump record. Shelby MacIssac of Riverview Middle broke the records in the grade 8 girls 200m, 300m, and high jump with times of 26.80, 42.59 and height of 1.55m respectively.
On the boy's side:
In the grade 6 boys division, 3 records were broken by Devon Middle School students. Matt Good broke the grade 6 boys 80m hurdles record with a time of 15.27. Isaac Jewett ran the grade 6 boys 200m hurdles in a time of 31.74 to claim the record. Luke Moore, Issac Jewett, Matt Good, and Jackson Banks (Devon Middle) broke the grade 6 boys 4x100m relay record, finishing with a time of 57.58.
Micah Landry of St. Stephen ran the 1200m in a time of 3:50.41 to become the new record holder in the grade 7 boys 1200m. The grade 7 boys 80m hurdles record was bested by Demitri Shakotko of Devon Middle who ran a time of 13.76.
Owen Enstrom of Salisbury Middle ran a 3:31.01 in the grade 8 boys 1200m run to hold the record in that event. The grade 8 boys 200m hurdles record is now held by Owanza Mayalou of Ecole les Eclaire, who ran with a time of 28.5. Malcom Christie of Nashwaaksis jumped a record breaking 1.65m in the grade 8 boys high jump. The grade 8 boys shot put record was broken by Alex Murdoch of Devon Middle with a throw of 12.49m.
Jun 9 2017 - Run Jump Throw Wheel Series ready to kick off!
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce that the third annual Run Jump Throw Wheel Series events will once again be held across the province. Over 1500 young athletes took part in this program last year.
Regional RJTW competitions are open to all athletes ages 8-13, with the top eight finishers in each event qualifying to compete in the Provincial Championships (July 9 in Moncton). Athletes may also qualify for provincials by placing at their respective school meets, or at the Provincial Middle School Championships.
The first 300 registrants for provincials will receive a free T-shirt and all registrants will receive a customized bib with their name on it.
For this year’s provincial meet the top 8 finishers in each event receive a t-shirt, custom medal (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) and ribbon (4th to 8th place). All remaining competing athletes will receive a participant ribbon.
The events offered will be:
Ages 8-9 60m, 150m, 300m, 4x60m shuttle relay, long jump, softball throw, shot put (2kg)
Ages 10-11 à80m, 150m, 600m, 4x100m relay, long jump, softball throw, shot put (2kg)
Ages 12-13 à80m, 150m, 800m, 4x100m relay, long jump, shot put (3kg), javelin throw (400g)
Please note that athletes can compete in up to three events, but NO MORE than two track events OR field events (2 tracks and 1 field or 1 track and 2 fields).
Spikes of any kind are not permitted for the RJTW competitions.
Upcoming RJT Events:
June 10 Regional Meet - Fredericton Region Fredericton, NB
June 14 Regional Meet - Shediac Region Shediac, NB
June 14 Regional Meet - Miramichi Region Miramichi, NB
June 17 Regional Meet - Kent Region Rexton, NB
June 18 Regional Meet – Tracadie-Sheila Tracadie-Sheila, NB
June 19 Regional Meet- Caraquet Caraquet, NB
June 20 Regional Meet - Dieppe Region Dieppe, NB
June 26 Regional Meet - Chaleur Region Bathurst, NB
June 26 Regional Meet - Moncton Region Moncton, NB
July 9 RJTW Series Provincial Championships Moncton, NB
July 22 RJTW Series Atlantic Championships Pictou, NS
The top eight finishers in each event at Provincials qualify to compete as Team New Brunswick in a tetrathlon at the Atlantic Championships on July 22nd in Pictou, NS!
More information about this program can be found here: http://anb.ca/Programs/rjt-series.php
“This program offers great opportunities for new and developing athletes alike, and top finishers will get the opportunity to compete at the Provincial and potentially Atlantic Championships alongside many of New Brunswick’s top athletes. By offering the RJTW program across the province, ANB is able to include young athletes who otherwise would not have the opportunity to compete. We are planning of having few surprises this year and certainly build up from last year” says ANB Technical Director Gabe Leblanc.
Jun 8 2017 - JDLF Athlete Profile: Sarah MacPherson
As our team prepares for The Jeux de La Francophonie in Afirca , we will be featuring ANB athletes from the team over the next 6 weeks. We start today with our incredible athlete and academic, Sarah MacPherson
Sarah MacPherson : Why I Love This Sport
Words by Grace Annear
Sarah MacPherson is one of the sunniest people you will ever meet. Tall, dark-haired, and lanky, her smile and cackling laugh brighten up any room. A 1500m specialist, she spent the summer of 2016 breaking out onto the elite Canadian scene. She qualified for the final at the 1500m Olympic Trials and earned a berth on Team Canada--Nouveau Brunswick for the World Francophone Games. As if that wasn’t enough, she also sets fashion trends by sporting obnoxious crew-length socks.
Born and raised in Fredericton, Sarah currently lives in Victoria, BC. In high school, her talent and work ethic earned her a scholarship to a NCAA Division One school. “I contemplated about staying close to home, but ultimately decided that if I was going to try the NCAA athlete life, I needed to go big and go all the way to Oklahoma,” she says. After completing a degree in Biochemistry and racing for the Hurricanes, she moved to Victoria to pursue a Masters in Biochemistry. Now, she holds a causal research position at the B.C. Cancer Agency and trains with Athletics Canada’s WestHub.
Sarah has been on the track scene since grade school, competed in the NCAA, and now lives as an elite. After so many years in this circular world she’s a seasoned veteran, and it’s the pursuit of excellence that keeps her hooked.
“I love the fact that track lets you become the best person version of yourself. It’s a realm without limits, or rather, a place where the only limits are those within you.”
The pursuit of personal excellence keeps her pretty busy. At the WestHub, she trains in three-week cycles. One week is intensity-based, followed by a volume week, which is followed by recovery week. During these weeks, she lifts weights Wednesday and Friday. Workout days are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with long run on Sunday. Every afternoon features a second run, and each Wednesday she attends an evening recovery session. To cap it off, throughout the week, she seeks physio, chiro, massage, and sports psyche.
“Whether it’s a workout or a race, every day I get to challenge myself. Doing the little things matter – like stretching and taking my iron -- but when it comes down to it, the most important part of being an athlete is being able to step up and perform on the day.”
She recalls one specific workout that tested her limits. “Last year, in May, I did a 4x400m workout where all the intervals needed to be a hair faster than 60 seconds, which is pretty quick for me. On the first one we went way too fast -- 58 low. I was in agony the moment we crossed the line. Gasping for breath, I started to laugh -- I tend to find life hilarious when I’m exhausted, especially when I know I have to get through an impossible task. After number two I was dead, and completely blew up in the fourth. But I was also so satisfied for having made it through.”
“I love when I hit the point where I think I can’t go on. Because when I get to that place, I always surprise myself with what I am capable of. I keep going. That I can surprise myself after all these years makes me love running.”
That ability to push through, and enjoy the push, paid off in 2016.
“When I ran my PB [the time that qualified her for JDLF] I thought I was screwed halfway through the race. I was competing at the Portland Track Festival, in Oregon. The pacer went through 800m in 2:18 – 4 seconds too slow. And, she paced it unevenly, which is super tiring!” Sarah laughs. “I was so mad!”
“At 500 to go, I considered dropping out and saving my energy for another race, because the final time was almost guaranteed to be slow. Instead, I decided to practice kicking. So I did that, and the kick was good, and the time turned out to be a PB!”
“Track tests you. So often you hit a point where you think you can’t go on, or you think that if you do go on it’s going to be terrible. What I love is that I get to choose to keep going, and that when I do that, I surprise myself. That I can still surprise myself, that I can still find new possibilities after all these years, makes me continue to love running.”
Of her decision to move west, she becomes reflective. “The west and the east are both very different cultures. Whenever I go home, I can feel the community and how everyone is so close. I love that home feeling and I have a lot of great memories growing up on the east coast.”
“These days, on the West Coast, I feel like a little person in a big world, which is the exact opposite of home. I like both feelings, but when it comes to running, feeling like a little person makes the world your oyster. I feel like there’s so much I can accomplish, and with my incredible team and circle of friends, and I feel like there are no limits to what I can do.”
What’s next for the up-and-coming athlete? “So far my race plans for the summer include races in high performance meets in Arizona, Oregon, Washington and California. I will also compete at Nationals in Ottawa. Internationally, I will go to the Francophone Games in the Ivory Coast to represent New Brunswick. I would also like to make the World University Games in Taiwan. World Championship in London are also on the radar, but we will see how my races this summer go.” If her progress in 2016 is any indicator, these goals are well within her reach.
For now, though, she’s not fixating on those big goals. Instead, she focuses on the day to day. “I love training every day because it makes me the best version of myself. Every day I get to push myself to be better, and that’s a reward in and of itself. I love the pursuit of this sport.”
Sarah’s athletic lifestyle is chronicled in a series of stories, titled The Adventures of Sarah and Grace. To follow Sarah’s journey, hop over to TASG.ca, or check out her social media @sarahrmac6
Jun 7 2017 - Dobson Named to Canadian World Para Athletics Team
The stage is set for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, England, from July 14 to 23 and one of New Brunswick’s most successful para athletes will be making the journey as part of the Canadian Team competing at this international event.
New Brunswick’s Shayne Dobson has been named to the Para Athletics Canadian Track and Field Team leaving for London in July. With this accomplishment, Shayne adds to the list of outstanding Track and Field athletes from the province that are demonstrating that they compete against the world’s best in an international event.
Competing under the T37 classification, which is reserved for athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Dobson will race against other athletes for the title of World Para Athletic 1500 meter champion. Dobson is currently ranked thrid in the world.
Originally from Campbellton, NB, the alumnus of Université de Moncton’s cross-country program is a well-known presence within the realm of athletics in the province of New Brunswick.
Shayne is no novice to international competition as he competed in the 2016 Summer Para Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last September.
New Brunswick will be rooting for Shayne as he competes again on the World Stage.
Jun 6 2017 - Chris Belof named Athletics NB High-Performance Coach/UNB Track & Field Head Coach
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce Chris Belof as the new High-Performance Coach, Head Coach for the University of New Brunswick (UNB&UNBSJ) cross country/track & field teams and club coach with the Saint John Track & Field Club.
Chris who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and more recently coached in Manitoba brings a wealth of experience to the position in the areas of sprints/hurdles, para-athletics and endurance events. For the last four years, he has been an assistant coach with University of Manitoba Bison’s Track and Field team. Chris also brings excellent coaching credentials and is in the process of completing a Masters degree in Coaching Education with the University of Victoria. Before returning to school to pursue his masters, he was on the staff of Athletics Manitoba, the provincial sports association for track & field where he held numerous roles including the leader of provincial team programs and an interim period as Executive Director.
“We are pleased to have Chris Belof join our team to help build on the success of our programs in New Brunswick Athletes. He brings experience and skills that are tailor made to the job requirements of the position”, said Gabriel Leblanc, Executive Director of Athletics N.B.:
Recently Chris has been expanding his coaching expertise, having complete coaching mentorships with Canada’s national relay coach, Glenroy Gilbert and in Arizona at the ALTIS Training Center where he has been able to learn from some of the top coaches on the continent.
On the university side, Chris looks to build on the success of the past six years since the track & field team was re-established and in 2017 came off their best season ever. “I am excited to join the Athletics New Brunswick and UNB team to be involved with a performance and development driven community. The passion in NB is contagious, and I'm eager to work side by side with such a great group of athletes, coaches and community builders“, said Chris Belof.
The job spans multiple responsibilities including Athletics NB High-Performance Coaching, Head Coach UNB Varsity Reds Track & Field / Cross Country and Saint John Track Club Coach/Coordinator.This position based in Saint John, NB is funded in part by the Province of New Brunswick’s Professional Coach Employment Program in partnership with the three groups name above.
“In Chris, we have someone who understands the sports environment of a smaller province but also brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the club athletes and the UNB VReds team,” said Bill MacMackin, SJTC Club president and manager of the UNB Track & Field Team. “We feel very fortunate to have Chris joining us to fill this coaching position in New Brunswick.” Chris will begin work in N.B. in early July.
For more information contact: Gabriel Leblanc – Athletics N.B.: 506-855-5003
Bill MacMackin – Saint John Track Club / UNB Vreds Track & Field Team – 506-647-4931
Jun 4 2017 - NBIAA Track & Field Championships Recap
The NBIAA Track & Field Championships took place this past Saturday at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John. The provinces best high school athletes were in action, having qualified for the championships through regional competitions the previous weekend.
Jun 1 2017 - The East Coast Games will be combined with the Athletics Canada Games Team Trials
The track & field team is one of the last teams selected for Canada Games. As it is an individual event, the track & field team is selected to give athlete’s an opportunity to demonstrate competitive readiness as close to the event as possible and ensure the best athletes are selected for the big event.
The trials will include NB’s top young track athletes including:
· Victoria Leblanc of Saint John – Provincial record holder in multiple hurdle races
· Laura Dickinson of Miramichi – Double gold national medalist in 2016 / Top ranked Junior in 5000m
· Jennifer Bell of Chaplin Island Road – Shot Put - Holds multiple shot put provincial records
· Adrian Kinney of Bristol - AUS Champion in 2017 in the 60m
· Veronica Coombes of Shediac Cape – 3 times silver medalist at 2013 Canada Games (wheelchair racing 200m-400m- 1500m)
· Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton – Multiple time provincial record holder in the 800m
The three-day meet sets track to be one of the growth sports of the East Coast games this year, not only because of the trials but also the inclusion of a Friday evening fun meet for athletes as young as 7, open competitions as well as masters’ events. “Our event will provide opportunities for athletes of all levels,” says Bill MacMackin, event organiser and 2017 Canada Games Coach. “The Trials only enhance our event by bringing NB’s best Games-eligible athletes to our city over this weekend. We are thrilled to have it included in the East Coast Games this year.”
The track & field events have been scheduled to fit around Rugby 7’s, which are also being held at Canada Games Stadium over the weekend. In addition, the Ultimate Frisbee tournament will host an exhibition match on Friday evening while track events are taking place. This will result in a busy venue at UNBSJ with lots of excitement for spectators and athletes alike.
For more information, please visit our website www.eastcoastgames.ca.
Track & Field Contact, Gabriel Leblanc – Athletics NB – 506.855.5003
East Coast Game Co-Chair, Keith Raynes - 506.333.3218
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