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Oct 30 2017 - Atlantic Athletics Summit
ANB to Host Atlantic Athletics Summit in Moncton
Athletics New Brunswick will be hosting the Atlantic Athletics Summit on Nov 18-19 in Moncton NB. This event will feature athlete training sessions, coaching education opportunities, and other sessions including a club development workshop and an introduction to para-athletics workshop by Parasport NB. Athletes and coaches will be able to select from training sessions in all event areas of athletics, as well as seminars on strength training, functional movement, and many other topics. The Summit will also be hosting NCCP Club Coach courses in Jumps and Sprints/Hurdles. And we will have presentations by world renowned coach Les Gramantik and world-class athlete Caroline Ehrhardt.
Featured presenter Les Gramantik is one of the most respected coaches in Canada, and he has coached some of the best athletes to ever represent our country, including Jessica Zelinka and Mike Smith as well as present stars like Damian Warner and Niki Oudenaarden. He has expertise in all aspects of training, particularly in the speed/power events, and is a regular presenter at coaching conferences all over the world. His coaching extends beyond track & field – he has worked with athletes from many different sports including hockey, football, synchronized swimming, canoe/kayak, bobsleigh, and many others. Les will be leading training sessions on speed development and hurdling as well as giving the keynote presentation on “Coaching for Performance”.
Our featured athlete this year is Caroline Ehrhardt, the 6-time Canadian champion in triple jump, and the the top-ranked TJer in Canada for the past four years. Caroline is a 4-time CIS champion, and holds the CIS/USport record in triple jump. This summer she won gold in the TJ at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan CIV, and recorded the 4th longest jump ever for a Canadian woman at 13.59m. Along with leading sessions in the technical aspects of long and triple jump, Caroline will present on her journey from being a young athlete from small-town Ontario to her pursuit to become the first-ever Canadian woman to qualify for the Olympic Games in triple jump.
Other presenters will include David Foley, 9-time national team member, 2-time Canadian champion and 3-time CIS champion in the pole vault. Now coaching in Sherbrooke QC, he will share his immense experience and expertise with our athletes and coaches. We also have Dr Michel Johnson, a strength training expert and professor of kinesiology at the Université de Moncton, and Ueli Albert, head coach of Global Wheelchair Athletics.
“The Summit will provide athletes and coaches with an opportunity to gain some new perspectives and learn some new tricks that they will be able to employ during the present season and beyond,” according to ANB Director of High Performance, Steve LeBlanc. “We have outstanding coaches here in Atlantic Canada, but it is always beneficial to bring in some people from outside our region as well to get different eyes on what we are doing and fresh voices giving feedback,” added LeBlanc.
The Atlantic Athletics Summit takes place at the CEPS Louis-J-Robichaud on the campus of the Université de Moncton on Nov 18-19, 2017. For more information, visit the calendar section of the ANB website (http://www.anb.ca) or contact ANB diectly. Those interested in registering can do so online at TrackieReg (http://trackiereg.com/AtlanticSummit).
Oct 29 2017 - High Performance Director Tour
Nathan Simon, Athletics Canada’s new High Performance Director, is going on a tour of the country in over the next few weeks to introduce himself and the program and for coaches as well as athletes to be able to ask questions. Nathan has to submit a new High Performance Plan to Own The Podium in November this year outlining his plans through to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. This tour will be important to help him understand what needs to be included in the plan.
His visit to New Brunswick will be on November 4 in Moncton at the University of Moncton (18 Antonine-Maillet Ave, E1A 3E9). Coaches and athletes alike are welcome to come and meet with the new High Performance Director.
Nathan's itinerary can be seen here. Details will be updated as they become available. Anyone is free to attend, but in order to help us plan the setup of the venue please register through the link so that we know in advance which meeting you will attend.
There is also the possibility for one-to-one meetings with Nathan after the main presentation, although these opportunities may need to be limited if demand is high. If you are interested in a private meeting with Nathan please indicate so on the registration link.
Oct 26 2017 - Atlantic University Cross country Championships Set for this weekend
This Saturday, Acadia University will be hosting the fastest runners of the Atlantic Canadian varsity circuit this Saturday, October 28th at the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) cross-country championship. The competition promises to entertain on both the men’s and women’s side, as observers will rarely have seen such parity within the conference. Start time for the varsity women is scheduled for 12:00 pm, while the men will be toeing the line at 12:45 pm.
On the ladies’ side, the Dalhousie Tigers are the front-runners. Lead by 2016 national cross-country junior champion and AUS rookie Savanna Jordan, and senior runner and perennial team cornerstone Michelle Reddy, the Rich Lehman-coached ladies are ready to pounce. They finished 3rd overall at the Laval Rouge et Or Invitational, and first among AUS teams. Last year, they were crowned AUS champions, placing their entire scoring squad in the conference top ten. This year, however, they do not anticipate a win to come as easily. The St. FX X-Women, lead by veteran runner Liz MacDonald and Junior Catherine Thompson, as well as the Acadia Axewomen, will be closely chasing. They recently took top team honours at their home meet at St. FX University, while the Tigers rested their legs. The Axewomen, last year’s bronze medal winners, are lead by New Brunswick native Katie Robinson. The runner from Saint John was the individual victor in the X-Women-dominated race in Antigonish on October 14th.
Also ready to make an impact are two runners from New Brunswick, Carol-Ann MacDonald and Kamylle Frenette, both competing with Université de Moncton. MacDonald snagged bronze at the SMU/Dal invitational, after being Reddy’s runner up in UNB/STU invitational, a week prior. Frenette placed 12th in Halifax, and followed it up with a 46th place finish at the Laval Rouge et Or Invitational, a race in which Carol-Ann placed 13th overall. Lead by these two ladies, les Aigles Bleues will try to improve on their fourth place finish from last year.
On the men’s side, a heated battle is expected. Lee Wesselius of River Glade, NB, leads the young University of Prince Edward Island Panthers team to what will only be their second AUS championship. He comes into the competition with a 9th place finish at the Laval Rouge et Or Invitational, a race in which he was the 4th AUS runner to cross the line. Though he is vying for the title of individual champion, he will be challenged by the likes of Cal DeWolfe of Dalhousie, and Alex Neuffer and Angus Rawling of St. FX. DeWolfe is the defending AUS cross-country champion, and edged Wesselius by one second in Laval. Rawling took top spot at the SMU/Dal open and the St. FX Invitational, while Neuffer mounted the podium’s highest echelon at the UNB/STU Invitational, early in the season. Having all run for St. FX in 2015-2016, the four runners are well acquainted with each other, and the battle for supremacy will be fierce.
Lead by Wesselius, New Brunswick is once again well represented at this championship on the men’s front. Michael Colford, a sophomore runner, is the leader of University of New Brunswick’s young team. He had finished only six seconds behind Wesselius at the UNB/STU meet, on route to a 4th place finish. He was 22nd at the Laval Rouge et Or Invitational.
Angus MacIntosh of Riverview, NB is poised to play a key role in Dalhousie’s hunt for the team title. Last year’s ninth place finisher is rounding into form after battling injury. The 3000 metre steeplechase specialist finished in 31st place at the Laval Rouge et Or Invitational, and is rounding into form just in time for the championship races. Trying to challenge MacIntosh will be fellow steeplechaser Bryan Thomas, of Université de Moncton. The Bathurst, NB native was 66th in Laval, and had been 17th at the SMU/Dal Invitational.
The St. Francis Xavier X-Men will be vying for a seventh straight conference title in coach Bernie Chisholm’s final season as bench boss, but they will have their hands full with Dalhousie’s veteran team. UNB will try to sneak on the podium, and improve from their 5th place finish from last year, while Université de Moncton will try to defend their 2016 bronze medal.
The top runners from these races will compete in the U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Cross-Country Championships, which will be taking place in Victoria, British Columbia on November 12th.
Oct 23 2017 - Renew Your ANB membership for 2018!
Athletics New Brunswick membership is now open for the 2018 year! Don't forget to renew your membership!
Your 2017 ANB membership expires on December 31st! As you know, membership is required to participate in any of our Championship events, and to be eligible for rankings, records, teams, funding, awards, and many other great opportunities!
In addition, we will be drawing 15 special mystery prizes if you renew your membership before November 30, 2017. These prizes could include all sorts of goodies, including Nike prov team apparel! So get registered early for your chance to win!
Oct 21 2017 - NBIAA Provincial Champs Recap
The NBIAA Cross Country Championships took place yesterday in Charlo with 227 of the province's best high school distance runners competing. This year's championships was the first to feature the new distances, with all junior athletes running 4 kilometers and all seniors athletes running 6 kilometers.
By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc
Oct 16 2017 - Youth Cross Country Championships
The past weekend we held our First provincial Youth Cross country Championships in Fredericton. There was almost 500 kids aged 13 and under who participated on Sunday.
Oct 16 2017 - NBIAA Regionals Recap
On Saturday both NBIAA regional qualifiers were held, in Fredericton and Moncton respectively.
Oct 12 2017 - Tim Hortons Family Run Walk
Oct 10 2017 - Youth Cross Country Provincials happening this Sunday
The New Brunswick Youth Cross Country Championships are happening this Sunday at Odell Park in Fredericton. With over 250 of the provinces best up and coming runners expected to participate, this is sure to be a spectacular event!
* On-site registration is also available but there is an additional $5 fee
By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc
Oct 8 2017 - RSEQ-AUS Interlock Recap
The RSEQ-AUS Interlock Meet took place this past Saturday on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Most of the Atlantic universities made the trip to compete against Eastern Canada's best, resulting in great results for New Brunswick athletes. Acadia University, Memorial University, and St. Thomas University were the only Atlantic schools not in attendance.
By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc
Oct 4 2017 - Annual ANB Awards finalist Announced
Athletics New Brunswick is very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 ANB Awards. The winners will be presented at the ANB Awards Gala, to be held on November 25 at CFB Gagetown in Oromocto.
In addition to the athlete finalist, ANB will be recognizing the outstanding contributions to the sport of athletics by three individuals in the volunteer, coach and official categories.
The following is a list of the finalists for the 2017 ANB Awards:
Female Bantam Athlete of the Year
Carys Jacobson (FFT) of Fredericton
Erika Despres (ASEA) of Dieppe
Erin Vringer (SJTC) of Saint John
Madison Wilson (FLTC) of Fredericton
Payten Gosselin (NB) of Fredericton
Male Bantam Athlete of the Year
Micah Landry (SJTC) of Saint John
Nicholas Harvey (FFT) of Fredericton
Sam Woodman (ASEA) of Lutes Mountain
Female Midget Athlete of the Year
Danielle Keefe (FFT) of Fredericton
Abby Kilpatrick (SJTC) of Rothesay
Emily Doucet (ASEA) of Aldouane
Mackenzie Hall (FFT) of Fredericton
Shelby MacIsaac (ASEA) of Riverview
Male Midget Athlete of the Year
Ben King (SJTC) of Saint John
Francois Richard (ASEA) of Dieppe
Owen Enstrom (ASEA) of Upper Coverdale
Tristen Morneault (ASEA) of Dieppe
Female Youth Athlete of the Year
Marie-Pier Cloutier (SJTC) of Saint John
Abigail Davidson (FLTC) of Fredericton
Jillian Beck (SJTC) of Fredericton
Kyla Hughes (ASEA) of Cocagne
Lexie Shannon (FLTC) of Fredericton
Sophie Black (ASEA) of Dieppe
Male Youth Athlete of the Year
Craig Thorne (SJTC) of Saint John
Jordan Henri (ASEA) of Moncton
Mitchell Kean (FFT) of Fredericton
Samuel Bourque (ASEA) of Notre-Dame
Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Laura Dickinson (ASEA) of Miramichi
Samantha Taylor (FFT) of Canterbury
Veronique Omalosanga (ASEA) of Dieppe
Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Andrew LeBlanc (FFT) of Fredericton
Brady Graves (SJTC) of Saint John
Clint Steeves (ASEA) of River Glade
Jack Berkshire (FFT) of Fredericton
Michael Colford (FFT) of Fredericton
Tyrell Marin (FLTC) of Dalhousie
Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Bridget Brennan (NB) of Bridgewood
Geneviève Lalonde (SRNB) of Moncton
Grace Annear (FFT) of Hampton
Sarah MacPherson (FFT) of Victoria BC
Shelley Doucet (NB) of Quispamsis
Sydney MacDonald (ASEA) of Miramichi
Tess MacDonald (FLTC) of Fredericton
Male Senior Athlete of the Year
Barry Britt (SRNB) of Hampton
Jonathan Gionet (FLTC) of Bathurst
Liam Turgeon (ARAN) of Tide Head
Nick MacMackin (SJTC) of Quispamsis
Para Athlete of the Year
Christel Robichaud (ASEA) of Moncton
Jacob LeBlanc (ASEA) of McQuade
James Brace (ASEA) of Intervale
Max Arsenault (SJTC) of Rothesay
Shayne Dobson (ASEA) of Moncton
Veronica Coombes (ASEA) of Shediac Cape
Female Masters Athlete of the Year
Adrienne Cameron (SJTC) of Saint John
Carol Lynn Landry (SJTC) of Grand Bay-Westfield
Heather LeBlanc (NB) of Memramcook
Sharon Peabody (SJTC) of Saint John
Tracy Dunn (SJTC) of Norton
Male Masters Athlete of the Year
Andy Justason (FLTC) of Fredericton
Paul Gautier (SJTC) of Rothesay
Female U18 Cross Country Athlete of the Year
Hannah Trites (MCNB) of Fredericton
Jenna Keilty (FFT) of Fredericton
Laura Dickinson (ASEA) of Miramichi
Male U18 Cross Country Athlete of the Year
Lars Shwarz (FLTC) of Fredericton
Alexi Cedric Roy (ACAN) of Beresford
Female 18 plus Cross Country Athlete of the Year
Sarah Myatt (NB) of Fredericton
Taylor Dunn (NB) of Fredericton
Male 18 plus Cross Country Athlete of the Year
Brady Graves (SJTC) of Saint John
Jérémie Pellerin (NB) of Cocagne
Michael Colford (FFT) of New Maryland
Team of the Year
U23 Men’s 4x100m team
(Brandon Cleghorn, Tyrell Marin, Braden Harrison, Alexander Williston)
CSG Womens’ 4x100m team
(Marie-Pier Cloutier, Veronique Omalosanga, Joelle Leger, Samantha Taylor)
Legion National Youth women’s 4x100m team
(Caroline Gagnon, Abigail Davidson, Joelle Leger, Marie-Pier Cloutier)
ANB will also be awarding: Female Outstanding Performer of the Year, Male Outstanding Performer of the Year, the Harold Nicholson volunteer of the year, the official of the year and coach of the year.
Congratulations to all finalists!
Tickets for the Gala will be available at www.anb.ca shortly.
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