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Nov 28 2019 - Six New Brunswick Athletes take on National Championships this weekend

On Saturday, November 30th,  Abbottsford, BC will host the Athletics Canada Cross Country Championships. Six New Brunswick athletes will be toeing the line at Clearbrook Park.

Geneviève Lalonde will take to the course in the senior women’s 10km after a lengthy and successful outdoor season where she won gold at the Pan-Am Games in Peru in July and was a finalist in the World Championships in late September in Doha, Qatar. Lalonde was crowned Canadian Champion in 2018 at this event in Kingston and will look to defend her title at this year’s National Championships. The senior women’s race starts at 2:00pm PST (6:00pm AST).

Five athletes will represent the Saint John Track & Field Club at the Championships including:

Erin Vringer who will compete in the U16 4km race at 10:00am PST (2:00pm AST). At last year’s event, Vringer competed in Kingston in the U18 category and finished an astonishing 5th place out of 199 girls- in a higher age category.

Ian Baldwin, Chance Blackstone, Aidan Donnelly and Jeremy Neuffer who also competed for the UNB Reds during the university cross country season will represent SJTC in British Columbia. These four men will compete over the U20 8km race at 1:15pm PST (5:15pm AST).

New Brunswick is well-represented at the championships and we look forward to watching these six athletes compete against the best in the country. You can watch the championships live here:

https://www.athleticscanada.tv/gprofile.php?do=view_event&mgroup_id=47401&event_id=4870&year=2019


Nov 27 2019 - Red & Black Open Recap

On Saturday, the Saint John Track & Field Club hosted the first indoor meet of the season at the Irving Oil Field House, and with 153 participants, what a great season-opener it was for many of the athletes.

Carys Jacobson of the Saint John Track & Field Club ran the U16 60m in 7.96s, and the 300m in 44.78s.

Kiersten Hicks of ASEA jumped to 1.53m in the U18 high jump.

Victoria LeBlanc of the UNB Reds captured first in the senior triple and long jump with distances of 12.04m and 5.55m, respectively. LeBlanc’s triple jump performance auto-qualifies her for the USPORTS Championships in March.

Rebecca Lagace of Saint John Track & Field Club earned a new master’s record in the 40-44 shot put with a throw of 8.61m.

In the men’s 60m, an exciting final had UNB’s Adrian Kinney and Braden Harrison virtually tie- where it came down to the one-one thousandth of a second to determine the winner. Harrison prevailed with a time of 7.174s, followed by Kinney in 7.176s.

In an exciting men’s 1000m final, Tyler Adams and Mitchell Kean of the UNB Reds battled it out, with Adams edging out Kean in the final meters of the 5-lap race. Adams finished in 2:37.20, with Kean close behind in 2:37.79.

There were many other impressive performances on Saturday, and you can find the full results here: https://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=1120

The next meet on ANB’s calendar is the Last Chance Meet in Moncton on December 21st.


Nov 27 2019 - ANB Hall of Fame Recap

This past Saturday, November 23rd 2019, ANB hosted its first Hall of Fame event with over 80 participants attending. The event took place at the new Irving Oil Field House in Saint John.

Seven panelists accepted to join us for a panel discussion on the Past, Present and Future of the Sport of Athletics viewed from their experiences, accounts and vision. Many members of the audience were attending the Athletics Canada SAGM in Saint John from the 21st to the 24th of November where many discussions were had in reviewing the Athletics Canada vision and mission as a first step towards a new 2021-2018 strategic plan. Because of this, the panel discussion at this HoF event was constructed in a way to offer diverse opinions on the state of athletics in our province and country.

Three of our HoF inductees, John Corazza, Joël Bourgeois and Hal Merrill, were on hand to share with us their past experiences in their athletic development and career as well as the advantages and challenges they faced. Derek Washburn gave a passionate speach about his father and one of our new Hof inductees in the builder category, the late LeRoy Washburn. We then examined the present as it is being lived by Jenn Brown and Kate Van Buskirk, both accomplished elite athletes and Athletics Canada Athlete Directors. Finally, we turned to Simon Nathan, Athletics Canada's High Performance Director and David Bedford, CEO of Athletics Canada, for their thoughts on the future of athletics in Canada.

Each HoF inductee was presented with an Athletics Canada sweater and ANB HoF Inductee pin. Their name and story will be added to the Hall of Fame section of the ANB website, as well as displayed in one of our province's track & field stadiums for all to see (details to be determined).

The evening concluded with socializing over food and drinks, and popping of balloons for our fundraiser event.

We would like to thank our gold sponsor Dr. Brown & Associates in conjunction with Alcon Dailies Total1, for which this event would not have been possible, as well as our participating sponsors Adams Green, Curry & Betts Chartered Professional Accountants, Benchmark Investment Consulting, McDonald's and Molson Coors.

More information about our seven inductees is available here: http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=Inductees2019


Nov 12 2019 - Cormier finishes USPORTS with Top 50 finish

Kingston, Ontario and the Queen’s University Gaels hosted the 2019 USPORTS Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 9th in what were cold, windy and muddy conditions. Four New Brunswick athletes competed in the National University championships.

On the women’s side, Hannah Cormier, competing for the University of New Brunswick Reds was the top New Brunswicker with a 46th place finish. Cormier, who finished fourth at the AUS Championships two weeks ago was the top AUS female finisher- an impressive feat on the hills of Fort Henry.

Sophie Black of the Univeristé de Moncton Aigles Bleues finished in 92nd over 8km and Kamylle Frenette of the Dalhousie Tigers finished in a respectable 126th.

On the men’s side, Isaac Cull of the University of New Brunswick Reds was the only New Brunswick male to run the 10km race, and finished in an impressive 66th place out of 143. Cull was the second AUS finisher, two positions above his fourth-place finish at the AUS Championships 2 weeks ago.

New Brunswick was well-represented at USPORTS with some great results, and we look now look forward to the Athletics Canada Cross Country Championships in Abbottsford, BC on November 30th, where there’s sure to be a strong contingent from the province.


Nov 8 2019 - NB Athletes at U SPORTS XC Championships

 

Four New Brunswick athletes will be representing their respective Universities at this weekend’s USPORTS National Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ontario.

Hannah Cormier and Isaac Cull, both of Fredericton running for the UNB Reds will take to the challenging course at Fort Henry on Saturday.

Sophie Black of Moncton will represent the UdeM Aigles Bleues in the 8km Women’s race.

Kamylle Frenette of Dieppe will represent the Dalhousie Tigers.

The Fort Henry course is situated on an exposed hill, so wind could be a huge factor in performances this weekend. It is naturally winding and on a rolling grass surface, composed of small hills and flat sections which could boast some interesting racing. This venue has hosted many national competitions including the Athletics Canada Cross Country Championships.

The Women’s 8km race gets underway at 1pm EST, while the Men’s 10km race gets underway at 2pm EST.

The event will be webcast live, and can be found here: https://usports.live/archives/83200

Best of luck Isaac, Hannah and Sophie!


Nov 7 2019 - Sue Ellis Loparco Inducted into the SJ Sports Hall of Fame

Saturday, November 2nd was a special evening for Saint John Track & Field Club coach Sue Ellis Loparco, as she was inducted into the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019. Sue joins her late parents Walter and Judy Ellis in the Hall, who were jointly inducted in 1995 as builders in the sport of track and field. Ellis Loparco enters the Hall as a multi-sport builder in athletics, speed skating, volleyball and many other community sports over the last 40 years. She has touched the lives of hundreds of youth in the Saint John region and many more within the province as a provincial coach at numerous Legion Championships and Canada Games.

The Class of 2019 inductees were Gilles Barrieau (Harness Racing), Sue Ellis Loparco (Multi-Sport), the Flood Brothers- Brian and Henry Flood (Rowing), Franklin Henderson (Wheelchair Sports), Albert Roche (Boxing), and Tom Young (Boxing).

Congratulations Sue!


Nov 7 2019 - Resurgo Marathon Donates $1609 to ANB

On Sunday, November 10th 2019, representatives of the Greater Moncton Running Club announced at ANB's AGM that they would be donating $1609 towards ANB programs. 

The Resurgo Marathon took place on September 8th, 2019 on the Riverfront Trail in Moncton, NB and was organized by the Greater Moncton Running Club. A total of 41 participants ran the marathon and 101 participants ran the half-marathon, and this despite the hurricane conditions the day prior to the event. The goal of this event was to be a no frills, certified marathon for a reasonable price and the date was chosen as a last chance before the Boston Marathon qualification window closed. Fantastic feedback was received after this event, which spoke wonders to the organizing committee.

ANB is grateful to have runners from the community who choose to generously give back to their sport. ANB is a non-profit organization, so all donations and profits are reinvested in our programs. Thank you GMRC and Resurgo Marathon!

Did the Resurgo Marathon inspire you to donate as well? Click here to help us improve our programming! https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E340574QE&id=4


Nov 6 2019 - Ellis-MacMackin Track Unveiled

Monday evening, the track at the Irving Oil Field House unveiled its name as the Ellis-MacMackin Track, a phenomenal tribute to two amazing builders, Walter Ellis and Bill MacMackin who have helped shape the New Brunswick Track & Field scene.

The late Walter Ellis was the founder of the Saint John Track & Field Club. He arrived in Saint John from Widnes, England in 1958. Despite an ongoing battle with kidney disease, he dedicated his life to the sport of track and field at his schools and in his adopted city and province. Walter coached all track and field events helping many NB athletes to provincial records and national medals. He officiated at the Winnipeg Pan-American Games, coached the 1985 Canada Games team and served the NBIAA and the NB Track and Field Association with distinction. In 1989, he was the middle-distance coach of Canada’s national junior team and was the recipient of the 1994 Athletics Canada award, as Club Coach of the Year. Walter and his late wife Judy, were institutions at the track and were jointly inducted into the Saint John Sport Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1998 Walter was subsequently inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.

Walter’s legacy continues through the extensive involvement of his daughter, Sue Ellis Loparco, also an inductee of the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame, as well as her family, who still contribute to the Saint John sports scene and the track & field club.

Bill MacMackin became a member of the Saint John Track & Field Club at the age of 12 as a middle-distance runner. Coached by Walter Ellis in his youth, Bill was proud to compete as a member of several provincial teams and later for the UNB Varsity team.

As president and a coach of the Saint John Track & Field Club, Bill played a leading role in growing the club to be one of the most successful and largest in the Atlantic region. He was also instrumental in bringing track and field back as a varsity sport at UNB/UNBSJ. Bill has acted as meet director, official, school coach and personal coach of numerous provincial and national medalists in track and cross country. He has served in leadership roles as president of Athletics New Brunswick and nationally as president of Athletics Canada.

Bill’s role as a builder in the sport has been most evident as a member of the volunteer team that secured the 2010 redevelopment of the Canada Games Stadium Track and as the lead volunteer in charge of the planning, fundraising, and development of the Greater Saint John Field House Project, which opened in 2019.


Nov 6 2019 - Canada Summer Games Athlete Selection Criteria On ANB Website!

The Athlete Selection Criteria for the 2021 Canada Summer Games is now available on the ANB website at the following link: http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=CSG Selection Criteria 2021

For any questions relating to the criterias, please contact one of the following people:

Head Coach: Bill MacMackin (bill@selectfh.ca)

Team Manager: Julia Loparco (julialoparco5@gmail.com)

ANB: anb@anb.ca


Nov 5 2019 - CSCA Next Wave Event

The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic will be hosting a Next Wave High Performance Day training camp in Rothesay on December 4th at Rothesay Netherwood School.

The purpose of the day is to bring together athletes from the region to compete, learn, and be inspired in an environment with other athletes in similar situations - those looking to go to the next level, such as College, University or the National Team.

Details and registration: https://forms.gle/gttLEaj6qYmRMofc6


Nov 4 2019 - 2020 ANB Membership Now Open

Athletes, officials, coaches, associates and clubs can now register or renew their ANB membership for the 2020 calendar year, effective the date the form is submitted.

Individuals can register or renew their membership online at www.anb.ca/renew or by filling out and forms available at the following link and mailing or emailing them to ANB: https://www.anb.ca/General/forms.php

A reminder that starting 2020, all ANB coaches must present a criminal record check no older than 3 years and be NCCP certified. A request for criminal record check letter is available iat the following link: https://www.anb.ca/General/forms.php

For more information on how to become NCCP certified, please contact Chris Belof (chris.belof@unb.ca)..


Nov 4 2019 - The ANB Hall of Fame is in 18 days!

Multiple representatives of Athletics Canada and other provincial branches will be in attendance, including Kate Van Buskirk and Jenn Brown, two Athletics Canada Athlete Directors. This is a great chance for NB athletes to come talk about everything T&F and XC with these elite athletes!

The evening will start with some socializing with food and drinks, then progress into a forum panel that is sure to be an exciting discussion on the history and future of track & field, cross-country and running featuring 3 of our inductees, David Bedford (AC CEO), Simon Nathon (AC HP Director), Kate Van Buskirk (AC Athlete Director), Jenn Brown (AC Athlete Director) and an MC.

This fantastic event is being held at the new Irving Oil Field House in Saint John. Students of all ages and those 18 and under only pay $25! Adults pay $50. One free drink ticket will be given to everyone 19+ at the door.

We cant wait to see you all at the very first ANB HOF! Register today (spots are limited!): https://www.trackie.com/…/add-event-ste…/confirmation/35757/


Nov 1 2019 - ADSP Teams Announced

Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce the names of the athletes who have been selected to the four teams in the Athlete Development and Support Program for 2019. These athletes have met the performance standards of the ADSP during either the 2018-2019 indoor season or the 2019 outdoor season. This year, we have 8 members of the Elite team, 6 members of the High Performance team, 35 members of the Performance team, and 27 members of the Development team. Congratulations to all of these athletes and their coaches. These athletes will receive various forms of support from ANB based on the team to which they have been selected. Team members will be receiving an email communication from ANB shortly with information about the types of support they will be eligible to access.

Elite team members include: Jack Berkshire of Fredericton; Laura Dickinson of South Nelson; Jordan Henri of Moncton; Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton; Andrew LeBlanc of Fredericton; Shelby MacIsaac of Riverview; Sarah MacPherson of Fredericton; and, Craig Thorne of Quispamsis.

The High Performance team members include: Timothy Brennan of Beechwood; Mackenzie Hall of Upper Kingsclear; Braden Harrison of Fredericton; Danielle Keefe of Fredericton; Christel Robichaud of Grande-Digue; and, Erin Vringer of Saint John.

For a full list of all athletes, please see the ADSP section of the Programs page on the ANB website (https://www.anb.ca/Programs/adsp.php ).

The ADSP is presently under review, and ANB expects to make some changes following the AGM this weekend, however this will not affect the 2019 program. Keep an eye out for announcements about these changes for the 2020 seasons.

2019-12-04 - 2021 Canada Games Training Camp
2019-12-02 - Lalonde and Vringer Bring Home National Titles
2019-11-28 - Six New Brunswick Athletes take on National Championships this weekend
2019-11-27 - Red & Black Open Recap
2019-11-27 - ANB Hall of Fame Recap

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