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Apr 29 2019 - 2021 CSG Staff Call for Applications

  

- Applications will be accepted from May 1 – July 15

- The committee will make a recommendation to the board for ratification by July 31, 2019

- Announcement of the selected manager(s)/coaches will be made in early August 2019

Note: Some coach positions may be filled at later dates based on specific skill sets needed for events such as Para, Special Olympics and or other technical events.

Athletics New Brunswick is now seeking applicants for the positions of staff coaches for the 2021 Jeux Canada Games that will be held in Niagara Region, Ontario. The date of the games is August 6th to August 21st, 2021. At this time, it is unclear whether Athletics will be a first week sport as in 2017 but we will confirm this as quickly as possible.

Applicants are asked to submit their coaching application in English to coach@anb.ca by Monday July 15th, 2019 at midnight. The head coach, manager along with the Athletics NB Provincial Teams Committee will then begin the selection process. It is expected that final selections can be brought to the ANB board for ratification by July 31, 2019 and announced in Early August 2019.

Please Note: The selection committee reserves the right to withhold naming all positions during this initial call.

*Coaches at the games MUST BE level 3/Comp Dev/Performance Coach certified. If you are not certified at the moment that is OK as there is time to meet requirements.

*Those selected will be asked to submit a current police record check no later than one month after notice of selection (September 2019). A letter of request will be provided.

Applicants are encouraged to read the Head Coach Letter which was published on the ANB website as well as familiarizing themselves with the medal history of New Brunswick on the ANB website. ANB Canada Games Program Information:

http://www.anb.ca/Programs/canada-summer-games.php

Application details available at the link above.

If you have any questions regarding the information required for the application, please

do not hesitate to contact the head coach, Bill MacMackin, at the email address or phone below.

Bill MacMackin

Bill@Selectfh.ca/ 506-647-4931


Apr 27 2019 - Jarod Manuel is ANB's New Athlete Representative

ANB is happy to welcome Jarod Manuel to the Board of Directors as the newest Athlete Representative. Jarod was successfully voted in on Friday, April 26th 2019 by the community of ANB athletes. He will serve a two year term.

Jarod is a shot put, discus, hammer and weight thrower originally from Baie-Sainte-Anne, NB. He began his track and field career at the 2011 Jeux de l'Acadie, and has been a member of the UNB Reds track and field team for the past three years, winning four AUS conference medals and representing UNB at the USPORT national championships. Jarod has also represented New-Brunswick at the 2017 Canada Summer Games, and holds the indoor junior shot put and U23 weight throw records.

The newest Athlete Representative is a business administration student with a double-honours in accounting and finance. ANB is excited to add Jarod's business knowledge and passion to the Board of Directors.

When asked why he wanted to be the next Athlete Representative, this was his answer:

"I want to be a strong voice for all athletes. I want to represent the athletes to the best of my ability and ensure that everyone has the ability to share their opinion, and that these opinions are made known to the Board of Directors. The long-term success of an organization such as ANB is dependent on its members, with athletes making up the majority of these members. It is thus essential that there be effective communication between the Board of Directors and the athletes. My goal as the athlete representative would be to provide athletes at all levels and categories with opportunities to meet their goals and enjoy the sport. I would also like to work with the Board of Directors to grow our organization, and to ensure its long-term success at all levels. My experience as an athlete from rural New Brunswick, being involved with clubs in Fredericton and Moncton along with my UNB connection to Saint John, has allowed me to hold a very provincial, national, and global perspective on our sport and province, which would bring a balanced approach and the ability to effectively represent athletes from all areas and of all levels. The future of track and field in New Brunswick is bright – and I want to ensure it stays this way for years to come."

Best of luck to Jarod in his new role! We would also like to thank Shayne Dobson, exiting Athlete Representative, for his work on the Board over the last two years.

More details to come on how you can get in touch with Jarod if you have any questions/feedback for him. In the meantime, please reach out to anb@anb.ca.


Apr 23 2019 - In Memory of LeRoy Washburn, "Mr. Track & Field" by Roddie MacKenzie

Athletics NB and the track and field community in New Brunswick and across Canada have lost a dear friend and supporter with the recent passing of LeRoy Washburn in Oromocto. LeRoy, 84, had a lifelong passion for the sport of track and field from the mid 1950's, including involvement as a talented athlete, organizer, coach, official and administrator. His tireless work as a volunteer was integral to the growth and promotion of our sport, beginning in the early 1960's, for more than 50 years.

I first met LeRoy when I was in high school, and his personality and character shone through immediately in a conversation; he made the listener feel at ease, important and welcome. LeRoy was both business like and friendly, professional without being over-bearing, and so passionate about a lifelong pursuit of competitive sports for youth. Coming from the Miramichi metropolis of Blackville, he was educated at UNB, and followed his passion for working with youth by entering the teaching profession. As a young Physical Education teacher, first in Boisetown and then Oromocto, his reputation spread far and wide as having a depth and knowledge of sports and physical activity, and a desire to spread the importance of not just being an athlete, but demonstrating character, values, hard work and sportsmanship. He continued this leadership as the Recreation Director for the Town of Oromocto and as Athletic Director at St. Thomas University for thirty years. I can remember many a conversation over the years where we (usually he would talk and I would listen and learn !) hashed over various results in local and provincial track meets, highlighting what he saw in those successful competitors: attitude, commitment, resilience, camaraderie, desire, and not just the result shown by the stopwatch or measuring tape. Whether he was coaching, officiating or organizing, his way was easy, comfortable, welcoming, unselfish, and SO knowledgeable about the sport. WOW . . . He could talk sprints, jumps, throws, relays, multi-events . . . you name it.

Very quickly, we all learned that LeRoy Washburn was "Mr. Track and Field" in New Brunswick, and he represented us well in every capacity. The respect he earned across the country was easily observed by all. He was held in high esteem, and it was not because he went looking for the attention. He did things quietly, without fanfare, and often in the "old school" way. His manner was so easy going! LeRoy was a joy to work with, because he had this simple approach to things; he ran meetings efficiently, found people to head up committees he knew would get it done without hassles, and he had people working together for common goals. If there were personality differences or club rivalries, he would find a way to democratically blend these differences together for the betterment of all parties, most of all, the provincial association and its programs. He had this way about him that made you ENJOY going to meetings!! Those meetings and attached business with him as our President from 1984 to 87 were undertaken with nothing but optimism, fairness and an obvious transparency. This continued long after he left the ANB Board, now donating his time and involvement at the Athletics Canada (CTFA) level. His calm and team-first reputation preceded him every step of the way. You never felt out of place or intimidated by a LeRoy Washburn conversation or question, and when corrections had to be made, tough decisions rendered or lessons learned, he got it done with his typical fatherly approach.

As a blossoming athlete in more than a few sports in the mid 1950's, LeRoy became an accomplished sprinter, jumper and thrower on the NB track scene, continuing to demonstrate his skills for most of the next two decades. He performed well each season in the end of year Canadian Olympic Training Program competition, usually held in Toronto, showing his prowess in the javelin and discus, and then showed great strides in the long jump, finishing near the top of the CDN rankings in 1960, with an incredible leap of 23 ft 6 inches (7.16m !!). He ran the 100 yds in 10 flat, quite a feat back then. He would later focus on throws, with javelin being his best. He was a many time provincial champion in events as varied as the 100 yds, long & triple jump (Hop, Step & Jump back then), shot, disc, javelin, and later, a few decathlons. He finished 12th in the first ever Canada Summer Games in Dartmouth, as a THIRTY FIVE year old decathlete, just behind a Newfoundland chap named Dennis Furlong. At the age of 40, he won the Outstanding Performer award at our 1974 Legion Provincials and Open Meet. Towards the end of his competitive days, he was our provincial record holder in the javelin, and to this day, he is our 5th best long jumper ever, and still Top 20 all time in discus. Simply amazing really.

As an official, mainly in the Throws area, LeRoy was both well organized and efficient with his approach, with an uncanny knowledge of the rule book, and able to run an event at just about any level . . Local, provincial, national, international. Although he became a politician in the mid 1970's, (two terms as an Opposition MLA for the Liberals, 1974-82), he was effective at keeping politics out of the track and field process, always running a smooth, hassle free competition, with small doses of education along the way. LeRoy was never shy to run an off-book mini-clinic after a competition wrapped up. Ask Mark Sheehan or Brian Gilliss!! His officiating skills were rewarded with assignments at the 1967 PanAm Games in Winnipeg, the Montreal Olympics of 1976, the 1979 World Cup in Montreal, and the Commonwealth Games of 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta, and 1986 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was then honoured with appointments as an International Technical official at the Pan Am Games and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. His long-time leadership skills he showed as a valued Board member, official, and part time coach gave him an opportunity to lead the Canadian team to the 1987 World Student Games in Yugoslavia as the Chef de Mission. In 2010, at the World Juniors here in Moncton, he was honoured as a flag bearer for the opening ceremonies. He looked pretty sharp in those IAAF colours!! I remember sitting at several functions with him years ago, and he had more stories to tell from his forays into the international track arena. He loved to tell them, and while he was making you laugh and wonder and comment, it was a conversation that left you with a definite feeling for his passion and joy of being involved with the athletes. That was LeRoy. . He so wanted all young people to have a chance, to experience that thrill of running, jumping & throwing, feel the wind in your face, the sand in your socks, or the mud on your fingers from that caked 16 pounder!

As we reflect on the loss of our friend and colleague, the biggest promoter of the sport in our province's history, I know he has an amazing legacy as an athlete, official, organizer, coach, administrator, leader. What I will never forget though, was his friendship, his warm smile, his hearty laugh, his bear like one arm hugs and firm handshake. His valuable and effortless conversations; the story telling that always had a lesson; his undying support and help when needed; the valuable and timely advice; his selfless hours of doing whatever he could to lend a hand; his typical simple answer for a complex issue. He was more than our MR. TRACK and FIELD though; he was a loving and generous human being, a committed family man, a believer in our youth, a shining example of what it is to be that individual willing to do whatever it took to reach a goal, to make things better, to give some kid a chance.

LeRoy, our friend, you will be missed, but never forgotten. Thank you for all you have given and the example you have set. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Loretta and family. Be comforted, knowing your husband and father gave so much, made a thousand friends along the way, but never lost sight of the things that matter most in life. We are honoured to have shared the journey with him in the same jumping pit, throwing circle and starting blocks. The starter's pistol has fired for the last time, but the stopwatch will keep on ticking.


Apr 16 2019 - In Memorium - LeRoy Washburn by Bill MacMackin & Marc Lalonde

It is with great regret and sorrow that we at Athletics New Brunswick and at Athletics Canada share the passing of LeRoy Washburn, one New Brunswick’s giant builders and ambassadors on so many fronts, in particular that of our sport of Athletics. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife and “life’s best friend” for 63 years, Loretta, to his large and extended family as well as to his many friends from across the New Brunswick and Canada in the sport of athletics.  

His life story from a youngster of Blackville near Miramichi, to Phys. Ed. teacher in Oromocto, including thirty years as Saint Thomas University’s Athletics Director, 45 years as an active supporter of the Royal Legion and 8 years as a member of parliament, father of five children, grandfather of seven, and one great granddaughter is brilliantly summarized in his obituary. 

Within the Sport of Athletics, LeRoy was actively engaged for over 60 years as an local and international official, trainer, coach, ANB president and director of the Canadian official standardization and improvement process. Over his career LeRoy officiated at numerous major national and international events, including the Olympic Games and was inducted to the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame in 2014 in the category of Builder (See picture). A more detailed account of this great New Brunswicker’s impact on our sport and on many athletes will be published shortly on the ANB website.

Visitation are Tuesday, April 16th, from 3 -7 pm at the Oromocto Funeral Home, 108 Winnebago Street. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 25 Loisville Street, Oromocto, on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 11 am. Fr. Charles Udeh will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the LeRoy Washburn Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Thomas University (www.stu.ca/leroy) would be appreciated by the family.

Bill MacMackin President Athletics Canada  

Marc Lalonde President Athletics New Brunswick

Please see testimonial from Roddie MacKenzie: In Mememory of LeRoy Washburn, "Mr. Track & Field" 


Apr 10 2019 - Letter to ANB Members from CSG 2021 Team NB Head Coach

April 10, 2019

Dear ANB members,

I am honoured and proud to have been named Head Coach for the 2021 games for NB.

I want to say congratulations to Julia Loparco, selected as our team manager. I look forward to working with her as we all prepare for the 2021 games in Niagara Region, Ontario.

New Brunswick has had outstanding results at the last two Canada Games bringing home nine medals in 2013 and eight medals in 2017! Those are the Best NB athletics finishes ever. The bar has been set very high for our efforts in 2021 which will be here in a blink of an eye. They are just under 850 days or about 120 weeks away. We will have to work hard to maintain that level of success!

The most important thing will be our focus on the eligible athletes. If you were born in 1997 - 2000 then you make up the primary age demographic for 2021 team selection. Younger athletes are part of the secondary demographic and still eligible for 2021 but can also look towards 2024. The questions for our athletes are: 

What are your goals for 2021? What are you doing now to achieve them? How can we help and support your training and development?

The call of staff coaches will be made shortly with selections to follow by the end of July. Once the coaching team is in place, the 2021 CSG plan is going to be developed based on the success of our teams the last two games and with input from stakeholders. The goal will be to create a pathway for success at the games and the long-term development of our NB athletes.

Thank you for your support in being put in charge of this program. I am excited and proud to take on this role. If you ever have any questions or thoughts that require discussion, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Thank you!

Bill MacMackin – Canada Summer Games 2021 Head Coach

Bill@Selectfh.ca/ 506-647-4931


Apr 10 2019 - 12 Challenges Instructors Wanted!

Athletics New Brunswick is currently seeking instructors for our 12 Challenges Program for the Moncton, Shediac, and Dieppe locations. This is a fantastic opportunity for athletes to enhance their coaching experience by providing track and field skills to a large number of children.

We are looking for 12 instructors for Moncton, 8 for Dieppe, and 4 for Shediac.

The dates are as follows:

12 Challenges Moncton (UdeM) Wednesdays, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd  5pm-7pm (rain date May 29th)

12 Challenges Dieppe (Ecole Anna-Malenfant Track)Wednesdays, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd 6:00-7:30pm (rain date May 29th)

12 Challenges Shediac (Louis J. Robichaud Track)Thursdays, May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd 6:00pm-7:30pm

*Please note that Moncton and Dieppe are to be held on the same evenings, so instructors would not be able to do both*

All instructors will be paid $16/session and will be given an Instructors T-Shirt.

 

Please forward this to your athletes, and anyone you can think of who may be interested in this opportunity.

 

Please contact Julia Loparco at julialoparco5@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming an instructor for the 12 Challenges.


Apr 5 2019 - Legion Coach applications are now being accepted

  ANB is now seeking applications for the 2019 National Legion Championships to be held in Syndey, Nova Scotia from August 9th-August 11th.

Please see the attached job description and application form under the "GENERAL & FORMS" on our Website 

The application deadline is April 26th.

Please send all applications with the required documents to coach@anb.ca.


Apr 3 2019 - Bill MacMackin named Athletics Head Coach, Julia Loparco named Manager of 2021 Canada Summer Games

Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce that Bill MacMackin has been selected as Head Coach for Team New Brunswick at the 2021 Canada Games, to be held in the Niagara Region, Ontario from August 6th - August 21st. The 28th edition of the games is set to be hosted across all twelve Niagara Region municipalities and will host over 5000 athletes and coaches in the summer of 2021.

MacMackin is a household name in the New Brunswick community. As the current president of both Athletics Canada and the Saint John Track and Field Club, spearhead of the impressive 26-million-dollar Greater Saint John Fieldhouse project and East Coast Games, and recipient of the 2017 Prestige Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award, Bill is the ideal person for the position of Team NB’S Athletics Head Coach.

Bill holds a wealth of knowledge as a level 3 coach specializing in distance events and has been Head Coach of the Saint John Track and Field Club for over 10 years. From local clubs to national teams, he has coached many athletes who have ranked among the top in the country and won medals at national events. Being a former athlete himself and having competed on numerous provincial teams, Bill is now looking to build on his experiences and lead Team NB to great success leading up to and during the 2021 Games. 

Bill brings an incredible passion for our sport and community, and we are very excited to have him on board! In 2017, Team New Brunswick track and field athletes brought home a total of 8 medals, including 3 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze. With MacMackin taking the reigns, we’re hoping to improve upon last Game’s performances.

Julia Loparco has been named Team Manager for the 2021 Canada Games, bringing her own unique qualifications and experiences to the team. Loparco, who is ANB’s Director of Run Jump Throw Wheel & Intro Programs, has been involved in the athletics community since her years in elementary school through to university, moving into the world of coaching and administration both here in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Loparco competed in two Canada Winter Games in Long Track Speed Skating in 2011 for Team NB, and in 2015 for Team Nova Scotia.

Before her current position with ANB, Julia had been a summer student with the organization for the past three summers, organizing many of the successful track and cross country meets around the province. Recently, Loparco was an Event Coach at the 2018 Legion Nationals, as well as the past two Athletics Canada Indoor Championships in Montreal. She has also coached and facilitated para-athletics camps and competitions in Arizona, Georgia and Ottawa.

Loparco’s positive experiences with the Games, other meets, and athletes will prove to be a major asset to the success of New Brunswick’s contingent heading into 2021.

More information about the Canada Games can be found here:  http://anb.ca/Programs/canada-summer-games.php


Apr 3 2019 - Applications for ANB Athlete Representative Now Open!

ANB is looking for its next Athlete Representative. This person plays an important role within the sport of track & field, as they represent the voice of all New Brunswick track and field and cross-country athletes. The successful candidate will be expected to attend all ANB Board conference calls (approximately 5-8 per year), AGM and SAGM during their term to express the athletes’ opinions and exercise their right to vote. The Athlete Representative is also encouraged to reach out to New-Brunswick athletes, and will be provided with an @anb.ca email account to receive feedback from athletes on different topics.

Applications will be open for a two week period (until April 17th), followed by an election window (April 20th to 26th) where all active athlete members of ANB will be invited to vote for their choice of Representative. The successful candidate will be announced at the SAGM on April 28th, and will have a seat on the ANB Board for a two year term. If no nominee is put forward, the voting members at the SAGM will select/vote and elect a qualified athlete representative in this position for a one year term.

Selection criteria:

Active member of Athletics New Brunswick.

18 years or older.

Recognized by ANB as having competed at a National or International competition within the last four years.

Eligible athletes can put or have their name, short bio and photograph put forward for the position until April 17th, 2019 at anb@anb.ca. Please note that the short bio and photograph will be used for the the elections.


Apr 1 2019 - ANB Offering Summer Student Positions

  Athletics New Brunswick is currently seeking applications from interested students for several summer employment positions including ANB Regional Coordinators and an Assistant to the Executive Director. The successful candidates will be expected to travel to track and field meets, organize/deliver programs and coordinate with various community partners.

Potential locations for ANB Regional Coordinators (pending Federal funding approval):

· Fredericton

· Saint John

· Bathurst

· Miramichi

· Moncton

· Dieppe (Assistant to the Executive Director only)

 

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 12 Challenges program and 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 university students interested in kinesiology or recreation studies, and individuals who are proactive and able to work independently and in a group. University students in a business program would be best suited for the position of Assistant to the Executive Director. All positions' contributions are key to the continued expansion of Track and Field throughout New Brunswick.

Positions range from 8-16 weeks, 35 hours per week position paying approximately $13.00 an hour. These positions are funded via Service Canada and will begin late April to early May. Applicants are asked to forward their resume and cover letter to julialoparco5@gmail.com. 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 several ANB Regional Coordinator Positions (Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Kennebecasis Valley, Miramichi and Bathurst) available as well as another Assistant to the Executive Director position. Please visit the SEED Job Bank to apply for these positions if you received a SEED voucher. If you have any questions, please contact julialoparco5@gmail.com for clarification.

2019-09-13 - ANB Youth Cross-Country Series Starts This Weekend!
2019-09-11 - Atlantic Athletics Summit and NCCP Performance Coach Seminar
2019-09-10 - Happy 40th Coaching Anniversary Peter Stuart!
2019-09-09 - Last Day to Submit ANB Award Nominations!
2019-09-09 - Launch of Athletics New Brunswick Hall of Fame

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