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Jul 21 2017 - JDLF Athlete Profile: Jon Gionet – On The People that Believe in You
Words by Grace Annear
At the 2017 Atlantic University Sport Championship, shot putter Jonathan Gionet donned UNB’s red singlet and stepped into the throwing circle for his final throw. The crowd was silent, and he zoned in on a state of focus. He wound up, and launched the shot. With a thud it landed at 16.76 meters.
The throw was not only a new lifetime best, but it also broke the AUS record and it ranked Jon fourth for the upcoming national university championships. A month before, a lesser throw qualified him for this summer’s World Francophone Games, his first international championship. This weight man is on a roll.
Now that he’s New Brunswick’s best-ever shot putter, it’s hard to believe that Jon first made a provincial team by accident. He attributes his success to his connections across the province – to the people who inspired him, and to the people who believed in him.
In grade eleven, Jon dabbled in athletics, tossing the javelin. The following year, he set his sights on Canada Games. Since his hero, Caleb Jones, dominated the javelin scene, Jon turned to different throwing events. He made the team in shot put, and after the games, assumed he’d reached the peak of his athletic success.
In the beginning of his undergraduate degree at Saint Thomas University, he prioritized his education and didn’t pursue athletics. Pretty quickly, though, running coach Alex Coffin reached out to the raw talent. “Alex did a lot for me,” Jon says. “He encouraged me to compete, and helped me connect with training resources I needed for my event.”
As the only STU thrower, Jon began to practice alongside the UNB athletes and train under Mark Sheehan. Over the years he threw further and further, and once the winter university season ended, he began to attend Athletics New Brunswick’s spring training camps in Florida.
“The first time I attended the camp, it was actually a mistake, which is kinda funny.” Steve Leblanc, ANB’s high performance coach, made a calculation error with qualification standards. “They didn’t realize until after I’d been invited that my throw wasn’t far enough.” Jon chuckles. “I’m so glad that happened though. I don’t know if I would have kept going if I hadn’t gone and been so inspired by the team.”
“I started to think that, maybe if I took it seriously, I could be good. Over the years that feeling grew stronger, and I started to get more and more invested.”
Jon changed his diet, cutting out fast foods and prioritizing whole foods like chicken and rice. “I’m a bigger guy, and I need a lot of calories. Now I make sure I get good calories – not from McDonalds like before.” He followed his gym plans, and stopped skipping a practices.
“None of this would have happened without people’s encouragement,” Jon says. “I wouldn’t have known what I was capable of, and wouldn’t have known how to get to where I am without my community.”
In his fourth year of university competition, Jon hit a plateau, and it to switch things up. “I’d worked with Mark for four years, and it was awesome. I just needed a change, though, and approached Yvan Pelltier of Fredericton Legion.”
“Yvan puts a lot of hours into my workouts and plans and, even though it’s my job to do it, without his help I wouldn’t be here. He goes above and beyond -- if I need sometime to talk to, someone to vent to, he’s always there. He’s become like a second dad to me.”
Back in Jon’s grade twelve year, representing his province at the World Francophone Games seemed as far away as the moon. “It wasn’t really even on my radar because the standards were so far off of what I could throw then.” It’s kinda funny, then, that since 2013 the standards only grew more difficult. “When the 2017 standards came out, I thought it was impossible. But with all the help and encouragement I had a breakthrough and achieved it.”
“What I love most about athletics is the sense of community. It’s never gone away. If I go for track meet, I’ll always know someone, and everyone always supports one another.”
“Since growing up, Caleb Jones has been a huge motivational factor,” Jon says of the now retired NB record holder, multiple-time Canadian medalist, and Canadian team member. “Now we’re good friends. He taught me a lot about competing over the years, and this winter, he phoned me after CIS championship. I hadn’t finished as high as I’d hoped, and he knew exactly what to say.”
“Don’t tell him that though – it’ll go to his head.”
In April, Jon attended a two-week, warm-weather training camp in California. After competing in the sunshine state, he returned to train in New Brunswick. Lately, the wet conditions of NB’s outdoor fields have prevented early competitions, but Jon hopes to tour in Ontario and Quebec before competing at the Canadian National Championships in July. After that, he’ll depart for the Ivory Coast, and don the Canada-Nouveau Brunswick singlet, and compete at the World Francophone Games.
“It’s funny to look back and wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t met these people,” he says. “I love the people, and now athletics is a huge passion.”
Jul 17 2017 - Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne Moncton-Dieppe
As the Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne ended last Saturday in Moncton, the New Brunswick's team once again managed to collect a large number of medals. In all, the 20 athletes in the province managed to win 37 medals, finishing at the top of the ranking and winning the athletics banner. "The athletes of the province have once again surpassed themselves," said Gabriel LeBlanc, executive director of Athletics New Brunswick. "We had a team with a lot of talent and potential, and the athletes were able to perform beyond our highest expectations." To add to these beautiful words, 3 athletes proudly shattered 4 records of the Jeux de la Francophonie Canadienne, here in there province.
Here are the full results of the New Brunswick team (C = Cadet, Y = Youth):
800m C Emily Doucet 2: 21.97 (New record)
1200m C Isabella Lemaire 3: 54.53 (New record)
2000m C Isabella Lemaire 6: 54.97 (New record)
High Jump C Alex Gionet 1.55m
Triple Jump J Alex Cormier 12.94m
Javelin Throw C Jérémie Hébert 44.09
Shot Put J Kyla Hughes 14.05m (New Record)
Discus Throw J Christian Godin 33.43m
Silver medal :
200m C Janelle Allanach 28.06
400m J Caroline Gagnon 1: 01.82
800m J Alexi Cedric Roy 2: 03.06
1200m C François Richard 3: 30.19
2000m C Emily Doucet 7: 03.23
2000m C François Richard 6: 04.40
Relay 4x100m J Girls
Relay 4x100m J Boys
Shot Put C Pascal Castonguay 10.79m
Shot Put J Rachelle Haché 12.57m
Javelin Throw J Kyla Hughes 36.40m
Javelin Throw C Yanic Duplessis 41.98m
Long Jump J Jean-Marc Gaudet 6.16m
Bronze medal :
100m J Caroline Gagnon 12.82
200m J Caroline Gagnon 26.95
300m C Janelle Allanach 43.70
300m C Anthony Cormier Losier 40.39
400m J Joelle Leger 1: 01.93
400m J Jérémie Godin 53.30
800m C Isabella Lemaire 2: 24.61
800m C Antony Cormier Losier 2: 05.23
800m J Jérémie Godin 2: 04.85
Long Jump C Alex Gionet 4.76m
Long Jump J Joelle Leger 4.92m
High Jump J Alex Cormier 1.70m
Triple jump C Alex Gionet 10.13m
Discus Throw C Yanic Duplessis 31.00m
Shot Put C Yanic Duplessis 12.00m
Shot Put J Christian Godin 11.53m
Jul 17 2017 - JDLF Athlete Profile: Barry Britt On Making The Transition
Words by Grace Annear
Barry Britt has been on more national teams than just about any other Athletics New Brunswick athlete. He’s represented Canada nine times, including seven Senior National Cross-Country teams. He’s spent the better part of a decade running through the streets of Hampton, NB, the dirt roads of Moscow, Idaho, and the trails of Guelph, Ontario. His long stride floats like a nimble-legged ghost, and elite athletes across Canada know him as an offbeat, lanky east coaster, as a crazy mileage guy who lives on steak and potatoes.
In 2016 he qualified to represent Team Canada—Nouveau-Brunswick at the World Francophone Games. He’s spent 2017 moving in a new direction, while simultaneously gearing up to compete again on the world’s stage.
Inspired by his road running dad and cousin, Barry first started racing in his early teens. In 2005 he medaled in his age category at Legions and qualified for Canada Games. Though the travel opportunities initially hooked him into the sport, he stayed for what he calls “the typical clichés”.
“From the beginning, I loved thrill of racing, of competing and challenging myself, and of seeing personal growth day after day.”
After high school he travelled south of the border. First to Georgia State and then to Idaho, he lived his dream of the near-professional NCAA lifestyle.
“School was paid for. I got free gear, travelled to top meets, and trained in beautiful facilities. I had coaches who treated athletes with the respect of professionals and who put so much work into the program. I had a ton of fun and loved every second of it.”
After coaching and training for a year in Idaho, he joined the Speed River program in Guelph. For two years he lived the professional athlete life, running 160-180km a week and working part-time. For a decade, Barry has excelled in the muddy, tough conditions of the cross-country course, out-gritting fairweather athletes to medal positions at national championships.
Now, he’s entering a new stage of life. Last fall he enrolled in Firefighting at Holland College, and with that came big changes.
“[Being a firefighter] was actually my dream as a little kid – my dad’s a firefighter. In university, I took a class where we had to interview a working professional, so I asked my dad about his work. He gave me a paragraph answer, and it gave me chills. Instantly, I was like ‘I want that for my life’.”
“I’ve always liked that, when you’re a firefighter, you are able to help people on a daily basis. Whether it’s something big like saving someone from burning building, or saving someone with CPR, or even just lending a shoulder to cry on, I find this profession to be special and meaningful.”
This past year, life as a firefighter-in-training kept him busy. The military-style training began with 5:30 am gym sessions and often ended with classes into the night. This busy schedule forced him to cut down his athletics program – he shifted from fourteen runs per week to four or five.
“I feel like I’m moving into a different stage as an athlete. Last fall was the first time that school came first and running came second. It was a change, but I wasn’t upset. It feels like the right time to make this change, and it’s so cool to pursue something so meaningful to me.”
Throughout the process, he found a ton of connections between running and firefighting. “I noticed, once I started the program, how much things cross over. They’re both oriented around hard work, commitment, attention to detail. But more than that, to be good at it, you need to always want to evolve and get better. Once you graduate, you can’t just sit on your butt. You need to keep learning, keep staying up to date, otherwise you’re limiting yourself and the people you serve.”
“You can’t be a complacent firefighter. To be a good runner it’s the same.”
In May, he passed a final interview for the Saint John Fire Department. After four weeks of additional training, the city of Saint John will hire him as a full-fledged firefighter. In terms of track, Barry’s summer racing plans revolve around competing in the 5k at JDLF in July. He was able to maintain a baseline fitness in the fall, and when classes ended in January, he started ramping back up into training.
To complete as he hopes, he will rely on the deeply ingrained history of miles and miles. Despite having to back off the past year, he knows the time spent hardening his stride will serve him at JDLF this year. More importantly, though, his years and years will of running have prepared him for the next stage of life, one he’s thrilled to begin.
To follow Barry’s journey, hop over to ANB.ca, or check out his social media @brit8180
Jul 13 2017 - Canadian Track and Field Championship Recap
The Canadian Athletics Championships in Ottawa took place on the weekend. 20 New Brunswick athletes took the trip to represent the province.
At the level of the results, Geneviève Lalonde to finish in 5th position of the 1500m in the senior women with a very good performance of 4min15.49. Naomie Maltais to finish in 6th position with a throw of 39m73 in the senior discus. After a throw of 50m.74 allowed her to finish in 10th position of the throw of the hammer.
Sarah MacPherson to finish in 4th position just in front of Geneviève Lalonde with a performance of 4min14.04 at 1500m. Jon Gionet set a new provincial record with a 15m92 throw in the shotput. Shane Dobson finished in 6th place with a time of 4min09.07 to the 1500m Paralympic. James Brace offered very good by getting the gold medal to the javelin throw with a throw of 21m37. In addition, he offered solid performance to the throw of the weight by obtaining the silver medal with a shot of 7m22. He finished in 6th position at the discus throw. Max Arsenault finished with a 6th position (7m63) to the discus throw. He also finished in 9th position with a throw of 3m73 to the throw of the weight. Christel Robichaud finished with two 6th place in the discus throw (14.02) and javelin (11m.12), and a 7th position in the shotput (5m81). Braden Harrison finished the qualifying of the senior 100m with a 41st position with a time of 11.56sec. In the 200m he finished the qualification with a time of 23.04 good for the 21st place. Andrew Leblanc finished in 13 th place in the 800m junior qualifying with a time of 1min55.88 Sneha Desai finished in 14th position with a time of 1min01.98 in the 400m senior. Tesa MacDonald with a jump of 12m05 managed to rise to 7th place in the senior women triple jump. Victoria Leblanc to finish with a time of 59.53 in the 400m and a jump of 5.06m in the qualification of the jump in length. Timothy Brennan 10th place in qualifying 400m senior hurdle with a time of 55sec30, 19th position qualifying in the 110m hurdle with a time of 16.54 Bridget Brennan finished 12th in the qualifying of the 400m hurdle with a time of 1min02.79 Laura Dickinson with a Canadian championship record in the women's 5000m U20 with a suberpe performance of 16min44.61 Jack Berkshire finished 4th in the 400m U20 with a time of 48.98sec Samantha Taylor to finish in 17th position with a time of 25.44 sec in the 200m.
Robyn Davis with a time of 1min01.18 in the 400m finishes 10th in women's U20 qualifications. As well as a 14th position of the 800m U20 with a time of 2min22.66 Chelsey Hall finished 13th with a time of 1min03.22 in the U20 400m qualification
Jul 12 2017 - 2017 Team New Brunswick 2017 Legion Championships
The Royal Canadian Legion, New Brunswick Command is pleased to announce 34 of the 36 athletes that will be representing New Brunswick at the 2017 Legion Canadian Youth Track & Field Championships in Brandon, MB. The remaining two athletes will be named in the next few days.
Jul 11 2017 - JDLF Athlete Profile: Chris Robertson :On Having Something to Reach For
Chris Robertson: On Having Something to Reach For
Words by Grace Annear
Years ago, decathlete Chris Robertson came within a hair of representing Canada, but on qualification day, self-doubt stopped him from clenching the prize. Now, in 2017, he’s finally earned a chance to compete on an international stage.
Like many New Brunswickers, Chris’s sporting venture started on a pair of skates, stick in hand. In high school, a coach pointed out that, if Chris tried track and field, he could qualify for the Legion team and compete across the country. Immediately, Chris wanted to give athletics a go. Jokingly, he says, “I thought to myself: what are the events where I can most easily make the team? What are the events that no one else wants to do?”
So, Chris picked up a discus, and found out he could throw it pretty far. He tried hurdling, and again, realized he could run pretty quickly. Not only did he qualify for Legions, but he also discovered a love of the sport. When it came time to choose between hockey and track, the transition to athletics came easily.
Hooked by the team spirit and gorgeous campus, Chris enrolled at Western University. In his first year there, his all-around athleticism primed him for the decathlon. That summer, he set his sights on qualifying for the junior national team—the team headed to a PanAmerican championship.
That summer, he achieved the qualification points, but at the Canadian championship and team trial, he fell behind in early events. The competition came down to the final event, the 1500m race. By that point, Chris had mentally given up, and slogged through the race. When he crossed the finish line, the points total revealed that he’d finished third overall – just one spot shy of making the team. He walked away from the track, disappointed and dejected, thinking, “Now, you’ve got something to reach for.”
Chris went on to a successful university athletics career. While completing a BA in Kinesiology, he became a team captain at Western University, leading his team at several Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships. “I always forgot about myself,” he says, “Sometimes to my own performance detriment. I always cared more about my teammates, my friends. I loved every minute of training and competing alongside them.”
Throughout university, he never stopped regretting that junior national championship. He wondered what could have happened if he’d been tougher, if he’d really given the race his best.
In the summer of 2016, the opportunity to test himself arose again—this time, in the shape of the World Francophone Games. He’d just moved back to New Brunswick, and trained out of the Moncton facilities, and the east coast city provided everything he needed to score 6800 points and earn his spot.
“It was wonderful,” he says of his NB base. “The facilities, the gyms, the tracks, the resources -- I had everything I needed to train at my best.”
More than that, though, the New Brunswick coaches made all the difference. “I had excellent coaches in Steve LeBlanc and Dr. Earl Church. Between the two of them, the sheer amount of knowledge is amazing.”
An experienced para athlete coach, Dr. Church brought his hands-on approach to coaching Chris. “Imagine teaching a blind person how to throw a shot put. You can’t demonstrate it for them. You teach them by guiding their body, by guiding patterns of movement.”
“When Earl got in the circle with me, he’d grab my limbs and pull me around, physically correcting my technique. When he did that, everything in my body just sort of clicked.”
“I am immensely grateful to him. He’s been a huge mentor, and motivates me to become a coach one day, too.”
Qualifying for the World Francophone Games was on Chris’s mind the whole summer. A small meet in Moncton provided the big opportunity. The day turned out cloudy and warm. A few local decathletes competed, but a few Olympic hopefuls chasing last-minute standard drove down from Ontario to deepen the field.
“It was an amazing meet. Perfect conditions. Local athletes and national stars. Run Jump Throw Wheel kids sitting on the edge of the track, watching from the sidelines.”
As always, the ten events of the decathlon spanned two grueling days. For a sense of the enormity of the event, consider the equipment required to compete. “I have an entire bag devoted to shoes,” Chris says. “Ten pairs of spikes. That’s twenty shoes. Plus flip flops for after.”
“When you get to the end of two long days of competition, to race a the final event, a 1500, is absolute torture. Decathletes are not distance specialists – we’re mostly speed and power guys, and we’re not used to this kind of aerobic event. It takes a huge amount of courage to get on the line and go through with it.”
“Normally, I’m thinking to myself “don’t get under your own skin -- this is gonna suck—but just push through it, just push through it.” That time around, though, I was very, very motivated. I knew I needed a specific time, a specific amount of points, because there was something big I wanted to accomplish.”
On the day, Chris bent over the startline with a concrete plan in mind, including specific splits. James Turner, a top national decathlete, lined up beside him, and given his speedy personal best, Chris knew he could use the competition to pull himself along.
“I wasn’t nervous, going in. I knew I wouldn’t make the same mistake as before. I wouldn’t let myself give up and quit.”
However, James started out slow and, early on, Chris passed him. “It was against my rational, but as a non-endurance athlete, I needed to get out hard and fade from the front, so to speak, if I wanted to run my fastest.” Chris focused on rhythm and led the second lap. Soon his legs weighed like concrete, and the pain set it. James passed him with 600m to go, and from there on, Chris focused on not letting the gap grow too big. “I reminded myself of how, as a junior athlete, I didn’t try hard enough, how I didn’t make the Canadian team.” He bore down and gave the last lap everything he had.
He crossed the finish line, and knew from the clock he’d eclipsed the necessary time.
Immediately he collapsed into a puddle, rolling around with a big giant smile on his face.
“I was totally exhausted. But it was the greatest feeling.”
“The beauty of the decathlon is that you need to balance ten different events. There’s always something to work forward to, always a new goal to plan for, always new things to improve. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to properly push with my legs in shotput, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully relax while running the 100m.” But, one thing’s clear, Chris Robertson knows how to never give up.
After fulfilling a his goal of competing at the 2017 World Francophone Games, Chris plans to continue competing as much as possible. “Whether or not keep I going in decathlon does depend on resources, and on the commitment to school.”
Now, Chris studies at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, pursuing a Master in Practice Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences. The involved program spans four years. “Osteo is based on the body ability to heal itself, on the concept that, if someone can maintain proper structure, they can maintain proper health. The career choice is definitely inspired by my experience in sport, and the things my coaches taught me about possibilities of the human body.”
As always, Chris will chase the new goal with dedication and passion. “I really believe in [Osteopathy] conceptually. And I’m looking forward to a career where I can help people in their bodies.”
“But, I love sport, and I’ll get antsy without training and competing. I’ll always be hurdling, throwing, and jumping, every chance I get.”
To follow Chris’ journey, hop over to ANB.ca, or check follow him on Facebook.
Jul 7 2017 - Laura Dickinson Makes Team Canada
Athletics New Brunswick is very pleased to announce that Laura Dickinson of Miramichi has been selected to Team Canada for the Pan American U20 Track & Field Championships, taking place July 21 - 23 in Trujillo, Peru.
Laura Dickinson has impressed the nation for years, winning gold in the 3000m at the 2015 Canadian Indoor Track & Field Championships, winning gold (3000m) and silver (1500m) at the 2016 Canadian Indoor Track & Field Championships (while competing as a junior, despite being a youth age-class athlete).and winning double gold at last year's Legion Track & Field Championships. Laura currently holds eight provincial records, including the overall women's 5000m record with a time of 16:42.54, set at the 2017 Canada Games Team Trials in Saint John. Aside from the track, Laura is also a strong academic and a passionate volunteer, being awarded the inaugural Athletics Canada Foundation scholarship for high school students.
Laura is currently ranked 1st in the country among juniors for the 3000m steeplechase, and 2nd in the 5000m, and will represent the nation in both events at the championships.
Peter Stuart, Head Coach of ASEA Track Club, had this to say: "Laura has worked hard, for the last five years, to get to where she is today. It is great to see her make her first national team. She achieved a couple of her goals this summer. There is much more to come."
"I am so excited! It has always been my dream to make a Canadian Team and I can't wait to represent my country at the championships!," said Laura.
Remarkably, Laura is the only athlete from the Atlantic provinces to make the team. Following her experience representing Team Canada, Laura will represent New Brunswick at the Canada Summer Games.
The full team list can be found here: Athletics Canada names 2017 Pan American U20 Championships team | Athletics Canada
By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc
Jul 6 2017 - Action Packed Weekend for Athletics in NB
For the second year in a row, the Moncton 2010 stadium will play host to three track and field competitions this coming weekend, providing athletes of all ages the opportunity to compete in a world class venue!
For our youngest group of athletes, the Subway Run Jump Throw Wheel Series Provincial meet will be held on Sunday afternoon in Moncton. Over 300 athletes ages 8-13 who qualified for Provincials by placing top 8 in their respective regional RJTW meet are set to compete. Athletes are able to compete in a maximum of three events. This will be a great showcase of up and coming young athletes in track and field from all over the province.
Besides the Subway RJTW Provincials, the NB Legion Championships & ANB Performance Meet will take place over Saturday and Sunday at the Moncton 2010 Stadium. Athletes of all ages will be on hand to compete, but this meet is a requirement for athletes aged 14 to 17 looking for a spot to represent New Brunswick at this year’s Canadian Legion Youth Track & Field Championships. This year the Championships will take place in Brandon, Manitoba from August 1th - 13th.
The Royal Canadian Track and Field program is a nationally sanctioned program culminating in a national track & field camp and national championship for Canadian youth between the ages of 14 and 17 in the current year. National and provincial athletic associations have described this program as one of the best in existence and some rate it as international calibre. Many of Canada’s top track and field athletes have competed in this event. Past Legion Championships have seen New Brunswick athletes excel in their events bringing home medals, results of their hard work and excellent performances. Expectations based on performances by New Brunswick young athletes to date set the stage for these National to again be a successful championship.
Athletes to watch this weekend in Moncton include:
- Marie-Pier Cloutier of Saint John will be competing in the 100m & 200m and will also look to break her 100m hurdle record.
- ASEA’s Jordan Henri will compete in the 100m & 200m coming off strong performances this season, with a 22.08 200m time just last month.
- On the field event side, Lexie Shannon of Fredericton will compete in both long and triple jump.
- Ryan Evans of Saint John is certainly making a name for himself in the track and field world, as he will compete in the 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, and the javelin this weekend.
- Shelby MacIsaac of ASEA and Ryan Evans of SJTC will have busy weekends with Shelby competing in the 100m, 200m and high jump while Ryan will be competing in the 400m, 110m hurdles, shot put and discus.
- Craig Thorne from Saint John will be out to break his recently set provincial record in the 110m hurdles set in Rexton a few weeks ago.
There is no doubt this multi-competition weekend will be a must-see so be sure to come out to the Moncton Stadium for some great track and field action all weekend long!
“With an action packed weekend scheduled, you can be sure there will be some great performances by our athletes. These multi-competition events are perfect opportunities for our youngest athletes to compete and also watch many of our high calibre athletes compete.” said Gabriel Leblanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick.
Jul 5 2017 - NB Athletes set to compete at Canadian Track and Field Nationals
Ottawa will play host to the Canadian Track and Field Championships set to run from July 3rd through the 9th in our nation’s capital.
New Brunswick athletes travelling to Ottawa to compete include:
Olympic Finalist Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton who will compete in the 3000m SteepleChase and 1500m.
Naomie Maltais, Val d’mour, Fredericton’s Sarah MacPherson and Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst, will look for personal bests as they prepare for the International Francophone Games later this summer. Naomie will be competing on both the discus and hammer, with Jon throwing hammer and shotput in Ottawa. Sarah will compete in the 1500 m, coming off a strong performance at the Harry Jerome Classis finishing 3rd and setting a new 1500 m provincial record.
Shane Dobson of Campbellton will compete in the 1500 m distance in the T37 category
James Brace of Intervale (Petticodiac) will compete in shotput, discus and javelin in class 56.
Max Arsenault of Saint John will compete in shotput and discus in class 52
Christel Robichaud of Dieppe will throw shotput. discus and javelin, class 56
Bristol’s Adrien Kinney and Fredericton’s Braden Harrison will sprint in both the 100m and 200m races.
Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton will be competing in the 800m.
Sneha Desai of Fredericton will compete in the 400m.
Tess MacDonald of Fredericton will compete in the triple jump
Victoria LeBlanc, Saint John, will compete in the 400 m, 400mH and the long jump
Timothy Brennon of Beechwood will compete in the 110mH and the 400mH
Bridget Brennan also of Beechwood will compete in the 400mH.
Juniors competing at the National Championship include:
Laura Dickinson of Miramichi, will look to improve her times in both the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m distance. Laura has set the mark high this season already being named to the Canadian Junior Pan Am Games and NB Canada Summer Games teams. Laura is currently ranked 1st in Canada for the junior 3000m steeplechase.
Fredericton’s Jack Berkshire, sprinting in the 100m and 200 m
Samantha Taylor of Canterbury will also compete in the 100 m and 200 m sprints
Robyn Davis and Chelsey Hall of Fredericton will both compete in the 400m
Brady Graves of Saint John will run the 5000 m. Brady is currently ranked 6th in Canada for U20.
Many of these athletes will be looking for personal best results at these championships as they prepare for upcoming competitions this summer which include the International Francophone Games, the Pan-Am Games, Canada Summer Games and Legion Nationals.
Jul 3 2017 - 2017 Jeux de l'Acadie Final
Jeux de l’Acadie Highlights
The 38th Jeux de l’acadie track and field events were held this weekend in Oromocto, with the Games being hosted this year in the provincial capital of Fredericton. Athletes ran, jumped and threw in overcast, wet and cool conditions, however that did not stop them from setting numerous new records in less than ideal conditions.
Janelle Allanach Sud-Est won double gold in the 200m and 300m sprints with times of 27.54 and 44.38 respectively in the girls 14-15 division. Janelle’s 300m time broke the previous record of 44.72 set in 2015.
Gabrielle Cote, Kent, also won double gold in the 800m (2:31.18) and the 1200m (3:59.96) distances in the girls 12-13 division. Gabrielle’s 1200m time was fast enough to break the old record of 4:02.26 set back in 2002.
Isabella Lemaire, Sud-Est, was also a double gold medalist at the girls 14-15 1200m and 2000m distances, breaking records in both events. Isabella’s 1200 m time of 3:52.33 topped the old record of 3:54.68 set in 2012. Her time of 6:48.34 in the 2000m broke the old record of 6:54.13 also set in 2012.
Also running well in the girls division was Erika Despres of Sud-Est who took home three gold medals in the 80m & 150m sprints and in the Long Jump in the 12-13 age division.
Erika Blackmore of Kent, also took Gold in the 100m (13:45) and bronze in the 200m (28.11) sprints.
Emily Doucet, Kent, captured gold in the 800m (2:27.30) and silver in the 1200m distance (3:58.94) in the 14-15 division.
Both Girls divisions set new records on the track this weekend in the 4x100 m relays.
The girls 12-13 4x100m relay team from Sud-Est won gold, setting a new relay record time of 55.49, breaking the old record of 56.11 set in 2000.
The Girls 14-15 4x100m relay team for Kent also won Gold in a record time of 53.04 , topping the old record time of 53.40 set in 1992.
Jeremy Michaud, Madawaska-Victoria, won gold in the 300m in a new record time of 39.37, breaking the old record of 39.88 set in 2015 in the boys 14-15 division.
Antoine Roy, Chaleur, took home three gold medals this weekend in the boys 12-13 division. Antoine placed first in Javelin with a throw of 36.35m. His first-place finish in the 1200m with a time of 3:40.83 set a new Jeux de l’acadie record, breaking the previous 2015 record time of 3:46.35. His 800m gold medal race in a time of 2:16.02 topped the old 800 m record of 2:19.16 set way back in 1997.
Francois Richard, Sud-Est, set a new boys 14-15 1200m record, winning gold in a time of 3:26.96, topping the old record time of 3:31.14 set in 2015. He also set a new record in the 2000m
Alex Gionet, Peninsule Acadienne, jumped well in the boys 14-15 high jump. His gold medal jump of 1.68m was just 4 cm shy of the previous record.
Nicholas Legacy, Sud-Est, competed in the boys 17& under shot put 3kg wheelchair division breaking the old record of 4.41 set in 2016 with an outstanding throw of 5.69m
Th games saw many records set and other great performances by many talented New Brunswick Track and Field athletes.
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