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Aug 13 2019 - 5 Medals for Team NB at Legion Canadian Youth Championships
This weekend the annual Legion National track and field championships took place in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. New Brunswick sent a team of 36 strong athletes who represented our province with pride. Those athletes were able to capture 5 medals and several top 8 performances.
Here are some notable performances on the women’s side:
-Erin Vringer took home a medal in all three of her events. She won a bronze in the U16 1500m steeplechase in a time of 4:56.40, bronze in the U16 800m in a time of 2:14.80 and a gold medal in the U16 1200m in a time of 3:36.58.
-Carys Jacobson finished 6thin the U16 100m final in a time of 12.91 and 8thin the U16 200m in a time of 26.83.
-Danielle Keefe finished 5thin the U18 1500m in a time of 4:39.49.
-Shelby MacIsaac came in 7thplace in the U18 400m final in a time of 58.76.
-The U16 4x100m relay team consisting of Erica Mah, Carys Jacobson, Erika Deprès and Shanna Comeau came in 4thplace in a time of 51.04.
-The U18 4x400m relay team consisting of Janelle Alanach, Shelby MacIsaac, Emily Doucet and Mackenzie Hall came in 5thplace in a time of 4:03.80.
-Kiersten Hicks captured a bronze medal in the U16 high jump with an impressive jump of 1.55m.
Notable performances on the men’s side:
-Micah Landry finished 6thin the U16 1200m in a time of 3:19.95. He also captured a bronze medal in the 1500m steeplechase in a time of 4:35.27.
-Daniel Hawkes finished 5thin the U18 javelin throw with a throw of 57.13m.
-The U16 4x100m relay team consisting of Quinn Sullivan, Francis Charles Roussel, Guillaume Basque and Micah Landry placed 4thin a time of 47.49.
-Francois Richard finished 8thin the U18 2000m steeplechase in a time of 6:15.19.
Congratulations to all 36 athletes who competed over the weekend. They all made NB very proud!
Aug 13 2019 - Lalonde Wins Gold at Pan Am Games
After very successful Athletics Canada National Track & Field Championships where Geneviève Lalonde reclaimed her national title in the 3000m steeplechase, the Monctonian headed to Lima, Peru to represent Canada at the 2019 Pan American Games.
The Pan Am Games took place from July 26-August 11 and included 41 countries from South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean. At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario Lalonde won a bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase; she was aiming to do even better at this year’s Games. She certainly did step up her previous performance by claiming the gold medal and establishing a new Pan American record! She won in a time of 9:41.45. Congratulations Gen! NB is so proud of you!
Genevieve will be competing again on the international stage this coming August 18th at the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham which is part of the IAAF Diamond League.
Aug 9 2019 - NB Track and Field History Part 3
Hello again, and welcome to the third chapter of our look back at the history of New Brunswick athlete participation in International Track and Field competition. We hope you enjoyed our look last month at the Commonwealth Games. Today, we are reviewing the Pan American Games, as seen through the participation of six of our best NB athletes ever!
The Pan American Games are overseen by the governing body known as PASO (Pan American Sports Organization). The “Games for the Americas” idea was first raised at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, by Latin American representatives of the International Olympic Committee. An initial Pan Am Games was scheduled for Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1942, but with the ongoing World War 2, it was postponed. After official confirmation and planning at the 1948 London Olympic Games, the first ever Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires from Feb. 25 – March 9, 1951. There were 21 nations, and just over 2500 athletes competing in 21 sports. The first edition of these Games in 1951 was the only one in which Canada did NOT participate. The Games moved to Mexico City in 1955, and then to Chicago in 1959. The USA has dominated every competition except 1951 and 1991 (Cuba). In Toronto, the 2015 Games involved 41 countries and over 6,000 athletes, the largest ever.
The 1963 Pan Am Games were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from April 20 to May 5th, and this marked the second time that New Brunswick placed TWO athletes on a major international Canadian team (1924 Olympics, Maynes & Miller). Seventeen year old Sandra Barr, a St. Stephen native and well known basketball and track star, became one of our youngest ever international athletes, when she placed 5th in Brazil with a high jump of 1.53m (5 ft, ¼ inch in those days). Barr, an outstanding basketball player at St. Stephen High and UNB, had a lifetime PB of 1.63m, and was a previous Canadian age class record holder, as well as a two time medallist at National Seniors. Joining her on the ’63 Sao Paulo team was 24 year old Fredericton native javelin thrower Pat Dobie, who placed 4th with a toss of 35.22m, almost capturing the bronze! Dobie’s performance here came just five months after recording a 5th and 7th in the javelin and disc at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia.
In 1967, Winnipeg, Manitoba hosted the 5th edition of the Pan Am Games, and 23 year old Bill Greenough of Milltown (St. Stephen), our greatest ever horizontal jumper, proudly wore the Maple Leaf in both long jump and triple jump. He finished 6th in triple jump with 15.43m, and 7th in long jump, at 7.12m. Greenough also competed at FISU or World University Games in Tokyo this same season, finishing 8th in triple and 9th in long jump. In addition, he captured a silver medal in long jump in the very first Canada Summer Games in 1969, while representing British Columbia. He still holds both of our provincial Senior records in Long Jump and Triple Jump.
Our next participant at the Pan Am Games was in Havana, Cuba, in August, 1991, when 21 year old Willy Best of Fredericton finished 4th in his heat of the 800m in a time of 1:49.19. Best, with a lifetime PB of 1:46.52 (still our provincial record), also competed in the 800m and ran a leg of Canada’s 4 x 400 relay at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC, and captured 1 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals in the 800m at National Srs from 1990-2000. In addition to his 800m PB, Willy also has a 48.45 400m PB (6th all-time NB), and a 1500m best of 3:44.91 (3rd all-time NB).
Our most decorated international athlete made his first of three appearances at the 1995 Pan Am Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1995 at the age of 24. Joel Bourgeois of Grande-Digue, was a 3000m Steeplechase specialist with a remarkable legacy of three Commonwealth Games, 3 Pan Am Games, and two entries at each of the World Championships and Olympic Games. In the 1995 Games, Joel placed 6th in 8:45.62; at the ’99 Games on host soil in Winnipeg, he made us all proud by capturing GOLD in 8:35.03; finally, his last appearance at 32 was in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2003, where he captured silver in 8:36.78. He is, thus far, our ONLY athlete in NB history to capture a gold medal at one of the four major track and field competitions (Olympics, Worlds, Pan Ams, Commonwealth Games). He has PB’s of 8:20.08 (1999, Spain) in the 3k Steeple, as well as 3:45.54 1500m (Spain, 1999) (4th all-time NB), 8:11.75 3000m (also Spain, 1999) (2nd all-time NB), and 13:57.65 for 5000m (2001) (2nd all-time NB). Quite a career!!
The 2015 Pan American Games were held in Toronto, and our own Gen Lalonde competed for Canada in the ladies 3000m Steeplechase, where she ran a solid 9:53.03 to capture the BRONZE medal. Genevieve has a strong career legacy of competing in the 2016 Olympics, 2015 and 2017 World Outdoors, the 2015 Pan Ams, the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2010 World Juniors, the 2007 World Youth, as well as the World Indoors in 2018. As of this writing, she is preparing for the 2019 Canadian Senior Championships and a berth on the 2019 Canadian team for the 2019 Pan Ams and World Championships. Her notable PB in the 3k Steeple is a Canadian record 9:29.82, set this year at the Shanghai IAAF Grand prix meet.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We should mention that two of our athletes qualified for the Pan American Games but were unable to compete due to injuries. John Corazza, an Olympic javelin thrower from Moncton, sat out the 1979 Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while sprinter Mike LeBlanc of Riverview, could not compete in the 2007 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thanks for listening; we’ll be back in a few weeks with our look at World Championship participation. Best of luck to all our athletes at National Jrs and Srs, as well as our Legion provincial team in Cape Breton!
- Rod Mackenzie
Aug 8 2019 - 2019 Legion Nationals Set to Begin August 9
The annual Legion National Track and Field Championships will take place this weekend in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. New Brunswick will be sending a team containing 36 athletes to this competition which will showcase the top youth athletes in the country. This team includes a few previous medal winners such as Erin Vringer of SJTC and Francois Richard of ASEA. Other notable athletes to watch at this competition include Danielle Keefe of FFFT, Carys Jacobson also of FFFT, Shelby McIsaac of ASEA, Owen Enstrom of ASEA and Daniel Hawkes of UNNB. Good luck to all the New Brunswick athletes!
Races can be viewed online at this link https://www.athleticscanada.tv/.
Aug 8 2019 - Lalonde to Represent Canada in Lima, Peru at the Pan Am Games
The 2019 Pan American Games, which are taking place in Lima, Peru from July 26 to August 11, 2019, include 41 countries from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean (approximately 6700 athletes total). Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, New Brunswick will be competing in the 3000m steeple chase on Saturday August 10. Lalonde was also a part of Team Canada for the Pan Am games that took place in Toronto in 2015 where she won a bronze medal in the event. This year we can expect to see her trying to improve her previous Pan Am performance. Good luck Gen, NB will be cheering you on!
Here is the link to the live stream: https://2019panamericangames.live/
Aug 7 2019 - Strong Performance by Leblanc at World Para Athletics U20 Championships
This past weekend (August 1-4) Jacob Leblanc from Moncton, New Brunswick competed at the World Para Athletics U20 Championships in Notwill, Switzerland. Leblanc got to experience international competition at a young age which is very beneficial to his development. This will help the Monctonian grow as an athlete and give him an idea of what he will be able to do in the future. Jacob competed in the T54 400m, 800m and 1500m. He placed sixth in the 400m in a time of 56.59, fifth in the 800m in a time of 1 :59.44 and seventh in the 1500m in a time of 3 :59.30.
“I had a great experience at the 2019 WAP U20 Championships. I’m not going home with medals, but that wasn’t the goal. Competing internationally at a young age is extraordinary,” said LeBlanc.
We cannot wait to see what Jacob will accomplish in next. Whatever it may be, we know that he will continue to make NB proud!
Photo courtesy of Jacob LeBlanc.
Aug 7 2019 - 2021 Canada Games Coach Announcement
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce its second round of staff selections for the 2021 Jeux Canada Games that will be held in Niagara Region, Ontario. The following 5 coaches and 1 additional manager have been selected to the team and will be working alongside previously announced head coach Bill MacMackin and manager Julia Loparco.
Position - Name, Club
Event Coach - Chris Belof, Saint John Track & Field Club
Event Coach - Earl Church, Aetos Athletica
Event Coach - Sue Ellis Loparco, Saint John Track & Field Club
Event Coach - Steve LeBlanc, Aetos Athletica
Event Coach - Yvan Pelletier, Fredericton Legion Track Club
Manager - Caitlin Marshall, Saint John Track & Field Club
This staff is highly experienced, with 4 of the 5 additional coaches having coached on National teams, and all having coached on various Provincial teams. Each coach brings a different strength and skillset to our team.
Chris Belof, current head coach with the UNB Reds track & field and cross country programs, as well as New Brunswick’s high performance coach has many areas of expertise, is certified in Endurance, Sprints & Hurdles and Throws. Chris recently found success at the 2019 Canadian Track & Field Championships where two of his athletes Craig Thorne and Victoria LeBlanc came away with a Silver in the U20 110mh and Bronze in the Sr. Women’s Triple Jump respectively.
Earl Church who is no stranger to the New Brunswick and Canadian track and field scene has coached on various provincial and National teams and is an invaluable asset to our team as a certified Throws and Multi-Events coach, as well as having experience with Para-Athletics. Earl has coached athletes such as former national Javelin champion Caleb Jones and Decathlon national champion Chris Robertson.
Sue Ellis Loparco has coached on many provincial teams over the years and has a wealth of knowledge in Sprints, Throws and Distance. Sue has coached many athletes to provincial teams in a multitude of sports which has ultimately led her to be an Inductee to the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019.
Steve LeBlanc, current head coach with the UdeM Aigles Bleus track & field and cross country programs, as well as New Brunswick’s Director of High Performance has coached on various provincial and national teams. He is certified in Jumps and Sprints, but has extensive experience across the various event groups. Steve also had impressive athlete performances at the recent 2019 Canadian Track & Field Championships where Jordan Henri ran away with the Gold medal in the U20 100m. Christel Robichaud also came home with a Silver in the Seated Shot Put.
Yvan Pelletier is also no stranger to the athletics community provincially and nationally having served as a coach on various teams, most recently the U20 Pan American Championships in Costa Rica. Yvan is certified in Sprints/Hurdles but has experience coaching all events.
Caitlin Marshall will be a phenomenal addition to our staff coming from a background in Athletic Therapy and working with High Performance athletes everyday in a wide variety of sports and environments. She is the current lead IST for the UNB Reds track & field and cross country programs and will bring a wealth of knowledge and support in the lead up to and during the games.
“I am thrilled with the experienced staff that we have been able to put in place. We had many excellent applicants for both coach and manager positions and were able to select a strong group for 2021 many of which have had national team experience. As a staff, we are starting immediately with our program planning as well as selection criteria. We look to build off of the success that was achieved at the last two Canada Summer Games” said head coach Bill MacMackin.
Aug 7 2019 - Funding Opportunity Regional Clubs
The Province of New Brunswick offers several funding programs to help sport organizations to design programs, plan events and projects, establish sound administrative policies and procedures and leverage support from other sources. The funding is also available to provide training clinics and workshops for volunteer leaders, initiate new and innovative programming and promote activities and events.
1. Regional Grant Program:
- Organizational development
- Leadership development
- Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)
- Games Hosting
2. Regional Profile Submission (Multi-project grant)
3. Active Communities Grant Program
3. Go NB grant program
Before planning your next initiative, please contact your Regional Consultant. They will help plan your initiative, provide you with the appropriate application form and detailed guidelines for each grant program as well as guide you through the application process.
More information is available here: http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=SRBFunding2019
BRYAR, GILLES (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Bathurst
ROBICHAUD, JACQUES (email@example.com) - Campbellton
CYR, DANIEL (Daniel.Cyr@gnb.ca) - Edmundston
LEGAULT-MOORE, DOMINIQUE (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Fredericton
SAVOIE-VIENNEAU, PHILIPPE (email@example.com) - Miramichi
ARSENAULT, MÉLANIE (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Moncton
EVANS, GREG (email@example.com) - Saint John
KUHN, KENT (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Woodstock
Aug 6 2019 - 2019 Indian summer Games
The sun was shining at the annual Indian Summer Games on August 1st which took place in Oromocto, NB. There were over 500 athletes in attendance; this number included athletes from the age of 5 all the way up to the age of 19.
Here are some of the highlights from the meet :
On the women’s side :
-Leah Flanagan finished 2nd in the 7-8 50m dash in a time of 9.39 and 1st in the 200m dash in a time of 41.00.
-Pehsesam Brown-Bear had a very successful day placeing 1st in the 11-12 200m, 400m and 800m. She also came third in the long jump event.
-Kendall Doiron also had several strong performaces. Doiron won the 11-12 girls 100m and the long jump. She also earned herself a silver medal in the 400m event.
-Mariah Ward came second in the 13-14 100m and 400m. Ward also claimed a gold medal in the 800m event.
-Francies Liberty won the 13-14 shot put with an impressive throw of 7.82m and also won the long jump with a jump of 4.27m which was the longest jump of the day on the women’s side. Liberty also won a gold medal in the 100m and 200m.
- In the 17-19 year old category Sara Nicholson dominated in the 100m, 400m and 800m event taking home a gold medal in all three races. She also took home a silver medal in the long jump event with a jump of 4.02m.
On the men’s side :
-In the 9-10 year old category Kaden Henderson took home a gold medal in the 50m and in the 100m. He also won a silver medal in the 200m.
-Landon Paul won the 11-12 400m in a time of 1 :15 and also won the 800m in a time of 2 :27.74. He also came second in the long jump with a jump of 3.40m.
-In the 13-14 division Christopher Paul won the 800m in a time of 3 :05.40 and came second in the 400m in a time of 1 :16.00.
-Dana Petak won three gold medals in the 15-16 100m, 200m and shot put.
-Jacob Labillois took home two gold medals in the 15-16 400m in a time of 1 :15 and 800m in a time of 2 :50.20.
-Jacob Tenass dominated in the 17-19 year old division winning a gold medal in the 800m in a time of 2 :15.94, the 400m in a time of 57.00 and 200m in a time of 25.11.
-Brandon Robichaud won a gold medal in the 17-19 long jump with a jump of 4.89m and the 100m in a time of 12.28. He also won a silver medal in the 200m in a time of 27.04.
Congratulations to these atheletes on their outstanding performances and too all of the other athletes who competed as well. Below is a link to the full results.
Aug 2 2019 - Canada Games Foundation - Funding
The online application deadline for the Fall intake of both the Saint John Canada Games Foundation & Bathurst-Campbellton Games Foundation can be found below. The application is very quick and simple!
The deadline is the 1st Monday in September. This year that is Monday, September 2nd.
This program is available for both athletes and coaches. Only one application can be made per year, so if you have applied in the Spring then you must wait until next Spring before you can apply again.
Please share with coaches of your organizations and athletes. Of note for coaches is that professional development events are the preferred funding destination.
For more details & to apply:
Saint John Foundation - http://www.sjcanadagamesfoundation.ca
Bathurst-Campbellton Games Foundation Inc. - http://www.bathurst.ca/foundation.php?serviceID=7
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