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Apr 27 2020 - In Conversation with...Sarah MacPherson
In Conversation with...
This week's guest is Sarah MacPherson
When: Thursday, April 30, at 7pm
Where: Zoom video conference
This is the second in our new series of Q&A sessions with high performance athletes. This week's guest is Sarah MacPherson, international middle-distance runner from New Brunswick. Sarah will share stories of her development from schoolyard speedster to representing Canada internationally. You can send in your questions ahead of time, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions
during the session. To take part in the session, you will need to pre-register at the following link:
Once you register, you will receive an email about how to join the meeting. Please register by noon on Thursday to ensure you receive the information in time. The session is limited to the first 99 people who register. Send your questions for Sarah to Steve LeBlanc at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 23 2020 - NB TRACK AND FIELD HISTORY PART 6 By Roddy MacKenzie
Today, we continue our look back at the history of New Brunswick Track and Field athletes who medalled at the Canadian Senior Outdoor Championships over the last 100 years. This is a continuation of our previous article, which covered 1920-1970. Today, we will reflect on medal winners throughout the last 5 decades, up to the present time. Once again, if you wish to correct, add or discuss any information here, or possibly offer feedback, please contact me: email@example.com
The early 1970’s saw the emergence of one of the most talented athletes in our history. Middle distance runner Peter Richardson, a Fredericton High student, began to register promising times in the 800m/1500m as a 15 year old, and quickly made his mark at the regional and national level. Following outstanding and remarkable medal performances at National Midgets, National Juvenile/Junior Championships, and the 1973 Canada Games (gold, silver), he showed early season promise in 1974 as a 19 year old grade 12 student. Amazingly, as a Junior aged athlete, he was named to Canada’s National Senior Team in June, which embarked on a tough one-month tour of training and competition in Europe, in preparation for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. During this time, he set several records in the 800m and 1500m, including a new Canadian Junior 1500m record of 3:43.4, which still stands today as the New Brunswick Jr/Sr record. IMAGINE; running a four minute mile as a Junior athlete! Later that summer, in August at Winnipeg, Richardson captured a Silver in the 1500m at National Seniors, with a 3:49.6, and added a Bronze in the 800m three years later in Sudbury, with a 1:52.2 performance. Also a previous holder of the CDN Senior Indoor Mile and 1500m records, he represented Canada in International Indoor competitions in the mid 70’s, and was a contender for a spot on the 1976 Olympic team.
Our next medallist is no stranger to these pages, having represented Canada internationally several times as a Javelin thrower. A Moncton native, and Ottawa trained, John Corazza captured three medals at Canadian Senior Championships over his brilliant career. He won Bronze in 1976 with a toss of 65.12m, a GOLD in 1979 with a toss of 79.18m, and a 1980 Silver, at an incredible 82.08 metres. Corazza of course represented Canada at the World Cup Trials, the Commonwealth Games, and was named to the boycotted 1980 Olympic Games team. His long time Moncton teammate, 24 year old Roddy MacKenzie, hit his stride in the 110m Hurdles, capturing Silver in 1978 in Montreal with a solid 14.70 time, and narrowly missed making our Commonwealth Games Team the next week in Edmonton. MacKenzie, a school teacher, coach, and multi-sport athlete, also medalled twice at National Jrs, once at National Juveniles, was a member of the 1973 National Junior Team in Portugal, and his personal best hurdles time and NB record of 14.70 has rarely been challenged in the province for over forty years.
Next up on our list is the legendary Willy Best, our best ever 800m runner, who arrived on the national scene in the late 1980’s. With speed to burn, Best highlighted many a competition with his trademark come from behind burst over the last 150 metres, and still holds our provincial record with a super 1:46.52, set at Montreal in 1993 when he was 23 years old. Willy represented Canada at the 1991 Pan Am Games in Cuba (800m), and also the ’94 Commonwealth Games in Victoria (800m and 4 x 400 relay). At National Seniors, he captured a total of 8 medals in the 800 metres over a ten year period: GOLD in 1995, Silver in 1993, 1994 & 2000, and a Bronze in 1990, 1996, 1998 and 1999.
Grande-Digue native Joel Bourgeois, a Hall of Fame member and long time national & International contender in 3K Steeplechase, is our most accomplished male medal winner at Canadian Senior Outdoor Championships. A veteran of Olympics, Pan Ams, Commonwealth Games, World Jr and Sr Championships and World University Games, Bourgeois took home an amazing THIRTEEN medals in the Steeple over a seventeen year period. He was National Champion (GOLD) from 1997 to 2002, an incredible SIX years in a row!! Joel also won Silver in 1993, ’94 and ’95, as well as 2003, 2004 & 2007, and a Bronze in 1991. That is a record medal haul that may never be topped by a New Brunswicker. His all time PB, a fantastic 8:20.08, set as a 28-year-old in Sevilla, Spain, might not ever be approached again in this province, and still ranks among the best times ever by a Canadian.
A Steeplechase rival, teammate and friend of Bourgeois, Rorri Currie of Saint John, ran to a Bronze medal behind Bourgeois at the 1994 Canadian Seniors, in 8:40.06, his Personal Best time of a long and successful career. Currie was 24 then, and a Silver medallist from the 1993 Canada Games in Kamloops, BC. He also medalled at National Legions and Canadian Juniors multiple times, competed as a member of the Canadian Junior team on several occasions, and in 1988, he finished 10th in the 3000m Steeplechase Final at the IAAF World Juniors in Sudbury, Ont., which was the host team’s best track finish of the competition. Rorri is our provincial 3000m record holder, and a former holder of the 5000m record also.
A pair of Racewalkers brought glory to the province in the late 90’s and early 2000’s over the 20 Km distance. Fredericton’s Gord Mosher, a 1997 Canada Games Bronze medallist, captured seven medals at National Seniors in the Racewalk: Silver in 2004, and Bronze in 1997, ’98, ’99, 2003, 2005 and 2006. He still holds our NB records at distances of 5 km, 10 km, 20 km and 50km. Jocelyn Ruest of Edmundston, four years younger than Mosher, won 4 medals at National Seniors: three Bronze (2001, 2004, 2007), and a Silver in 2006. Gord’s PB over 20 kms is 1:29.18, while Jocelyn’s is 1:32.56. Both outstanding !
New Brunswick had two medal winners in the 2010 National Championships: Mike LeBlanc, a standout sprinter attending Syracuse University, took home the Bronze over 100 metres, in 10.37 (+1.5), while Caleb Jones, a Javelin thrower from Saint John, captured Silver with a toss of 73.25 metres. LeBlanc, with an extraordinary PB of 10.17 (+1.8) at the 2007 NCAA Championships, was a Bronze medallist at the 2006 Canadian Junior Championships in Sherbrooke, and was named to the 2007 Pan Am Games team in the 100 and 4 x 100 relay, but was unable to compete due to injury. He also competed in the 2012 IAAF World Indoors, placing 4th in his 60m semi, and is our NB record holder in the 100 and 200 metres, at 21.14. Jones, a gold medallist at both National Legions and Canadian Jrs, competed in the IAAF World Juniors here in Moncton in 2010 and placed 10th in the Finals. He went on to medal three more times at CDN SRS, a Silver in 2014, a Bronze in 2013, & National Championship GOLD in 2015. His PB & provincial record throw is 76.66m (2014).
Moncton’s own Gen Lalonde, a veteran of World Youth, World Jrs, World Srs, World University Games, Olympics, Pan Ams, Commonwealth Games and World Indoors, has now captured a total of 3 Bronze (2011, 2014, 2016), one Silver (2015), and three consecutive GOLD (2017-19) in the 3000m Steeplechase at National Seniors. She is presently the holder of the Canadian Sr Women’s Record at 9:29.82, set last May at the Shanghai Grand Prix, and also holds or has held, numerous provincial records in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m. A former medallist at CDN Legions, CDN Jrs and Canada Games, she continues to prepare for the now postponed 2020 outdoor season and the eventual Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Finally on our list, we have two athletes who both came up big at National Seniors just in the last two seasons. Veteran Decathlete Chris Robertson, a Moncton native training out of London and the University of Western Ontario area, and now living in Oakville, reached the pinnacle of his event in Canada by capturing the GOLD in 2018 at Ottawa with a huge PB of 7040 pts. Fantastic performance ! A former Bronze medallist at CDN Juniors in 2011, he followed up 2018 with a Silver at Canadian Seniors Decathlon last year in Montreal. Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John, a 22 year old veteran jumper and hurdler, pulled off an unexpected Bronze medal performance in Triple Jump at the 2019 CDN Srs in Montreal, with a superb PB leap of 11.74m. A former provincial record holder in both 100m and 400m Hurdles, LeBlanc previously captured a Silver medal at the 2012 CDN Legions in the Pole Vault.
There you have it . . . All of our medallists at Canadian Senior Outdoor Championships. Please send me your comments, and we look forward to our next two segments covering (a) our longest standing Senior records and (b) all Canada Games medallists in history from New Brunswick. As we deal with these challenging times, please be optimistic, and stay safe, smart and healthy !
 ANB Note: … and the generous author of all NB Track & Field History articles including this version.
Apr 20 2020 - Opportunity for employment: Executive Director Athletics New Brunswick
Athletics New Brunswick is the governing body for the sports of track and field and cross country running in New Brunswick. It is also affiliated with RunNB that oversees the sport of road running in New Brunswick. ANB is currently seeking a qualified and experienced leader for the position of full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director in partnership with the board of Athletics New Brunswick is responsible for the successful management and leadership of the organization.
Apr 15 2020 - In Conversation with...Geneviève Lalonde
In Conversation with...
This week's guest is Geneviève Lalonde
When: Thursday, April 16, at 7pm
Where: Zoom video conference
This is the first in what we hope will become a regular feature. You will have the chance to join in on a talk with national team athlete Geneviève Lalonde as she discusses her experiences as a world class athlete and her approach to training in isolation in our present situation. You can send in your questions ahead of time, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions during the session. To take part in the session, you will need to pre-register. You must be an ANB member to register.
A link has been sent to all ANB members, if you did not recieve one and would like to register for this call, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you register, you will receive an email about how to join the meeting. Please register by noon on Thursday to ensure you receive the information in time. The session is limited to the first 99 people who register. Send your questions for Gen to Steve LeBlanc at: email@example.com
Apr 14 2020 - Rescheduling of Medavie Moncton Running Festival and 5K National Road Race to Sept. 2021 and Sept. 2022
Athletics New Brunswick (ANB) and its partners including Athletics Canada have made the decision to reschedule the 2020 hosting of the Medavie Moncton Running Festival including the National 5K Road Running championship, until September 2021.
“Following discussions with Athletics Canada and our organizing partners, and as a result of the impossibility of carrying out planned preparations over this difficult period plus the significant uncertainties in ensuring a safe hosting environment this upcoming September, we have decided to reschedule these events by one year”, states Running Festival Chair Mary Brosnan. “We will therefore reconvene at September 10-12th of 2021 and again the following year at September 9-11th 2022 under the same format including the National 5k Road Race Championships”.
“Athletics New Brunswick and its partner RunNB are certainly chagrinned to delay our hosting, though the security of our volunteers and all participants is paramount”, adds ANB president Marc Lalonde. “We are certainly most grateful to our two lead funders in Medavie and in the City of Moncton, whose support will be invaluable as we plan out the 2021 Running Festival. In fact, it may well be one of the first sporting events in our region that will reengage us all into outdoor active living, at least that is certainly the hope.”
Meanwhile the Greater Moncton Running Club, the host of the Resurgo marathon, will delay its decision until this summer on whether to host its marathon presently set for Saturday morning of September 12th, 2020. “Going into our 3rd year of hosting Resurgo and having already our volunteer base ready to assist, we can delay making a decision at this point”, states Resurgo’s meet director Lindsay Laltoo. “We certainly understand the wise decision made by the Running Festival’s organizers”, she adds, “and our plan is to evaluate the possibility of hosting in a few months from now including adding back the half marathon option should we feel the demand”.
The 2021 Medavie Moncton Running Festival encompasses three days of activities, including the Resurgo half/full marathon along the Petitcodiac trail system and the running of the National 5k Road Races for Canada’s elites and for all master category runners plus a 1km fun run for youth, with the proposed courses and event staging around the Medavie Blue Cross head office and along Assomption boulevard.
For further information please contact:
Mary Brosnan – Chair – Medavie Moncton Running Festival
(506) 639-2685 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Lalonde – President – Athletics New Brunswick
(506) 381-0932 – email@example.com
Apr 11 2020 - ANB Updates – From Marc Lalonde - President
Dear ANB members,
On behalf of the ANB Board members and of the ANB staff, I would like to wish everyone well and great care during this most difficult period. We are hoping it is of limited discomfort and hopefully not of hardship on you. If you feel there is anything, we can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are an ANB family and perhaps now more than ever.
I would also invite you all to reach the fabulous warm message from David Bedford, the Chief Executive Officer of Athletics Canada, at this time and over this upcoming Easter weekend.
In the meantime, below please find below updates and information regarding Athletics New Brunswick that will possibly help you:
Training/support ideas during lock-down:
With the input from ANB coaches from around the Province and beyond, your ANB staff is assembling a list of sites/links/Utubes/or other ANB material that may assist you (coaches and athletes) to develop alternative methods of training and staying in shape (and safe) during this time. This webpage, we hope to develop shortly, is already visible and accessible via our ANB web site and Facebook. It will remain work-in-progress as we intend to add more tips/ideas as we go along. If you do come across interesting ideas, please do forward them onto either Chris Belof and Steve Leblanc for their review and possibly postings.
ANB Spring and Summer Events:
ANB events for May and June posted on the ANB calendar have either been cancelled or are very likely to be. That now includes the Canadian Championships, the National Legions and the Olympic Games. Our expectations for the rest of the summer season are low but let’s see how it all evolves and what might be the possibilities. All of us adhering to the Canadian and New Brunswick Health guidelines and advisories remain the utmost priority.
April 2020 SAGM:
Following a Board teleconference meeting last week, it was decided that since the value of the SAGM lies in bringing ANB club representatives and ANB members together during a time of activity, we are postponing hosting this year’s SAGM. As activities resume in some manner, we may reinstate hosting a general meeting either in person or via teleconferencing.
New Service to ANB members – Ethics/Conflict Advisor:
We are all aware of the very serious ethical breeches in our sport in Canada that have come to light over the recent past. We pray that such occurrences never happen in New Brunswick. This said, we did wish to find a means for you our ANB members to be able to consult, and in total confidence and confidentiality, with an expert on issues or conflicts you may have or feel you have. We have therefore created such an office to provide valuable input and confidential advice. We are therefore announcing that this new complimentary service is now available to all ANB members through Dr. Krista Daigle who has volunteered. Please refer to a separate ANB announcement for further details. Please also note that this new ANB service has no impact on our review process of formal complaints that is under the responsibility of our ANB Commissioners in Darren Blois, Rob Jackson and David Thomas.
With Stephanie Doiron stepping down as Executive Director in early March, I am pleased to announce that the board has designated Julia Loparco as the interim ANB Executive Director and this until such a time as a new ED is appointed. We thank Julia for offering and look forward to working with her during this transition period. The Board also decided that we would proceed immediately with the application posting for a new ANB ED with a start date of September 1st, 2020. I wish to note that Stephanie Doiron is continuing to serve as finance administrator for ANB. We sincerely thank her for keeping our accounts and books up to date and in good order.
2020 ANB Budget:
With the loss of spring/summer ANB events and some membership revenues, your Board has revised downward its 2020 budget including some program delivery reductions. There remain some funding risks that may force us to revise once again, we will see. The Province of New Brunswick as one of our main funding partners remains fully supportive and we are most grateful for this.
Paid ANB Memberships:
As events get cancelled and the season potentially lapses, we will extend paid-up ANB memberships to what will be a fair compensation. The exact terms will be announced as we know what gets cancelled. Because some of our costs are fixed (salaries and insurance in particular), we can only offer an extension.
In closing I want to thank you all our ANB members, for being so incredibly resilient, ingenious and supportive. I also wish to thank the members of our ANB Board, Board committees and of our staff for their dedication and continued hard work during this most challenging period. It will be great when we get to the “other side”.
In the meantime, please do stay safe, stay tuned and stay healthy.
Apr 10 2020 - ANB Announces Role of Ethics/Conflict Advisors for its Members
Dear ANB members,
We are all aware of the very serious ethical breeches in our sport in Canada that have come to light over the recent past. We pray that such occurrences never happen in New Brunswick. This said, we did wish to find a means for you our ANB members to be able to consult, and in total confidence and confidentiality, with an expert on issues or conflicts you may have or feel you have. We have therefore created such a position that will be able to provide you valuable input and confidential advice. We are therefore announcing that this new complimentary service is now available to all ANB members through Dr. Krista Daigle who has volunteered. Please refer to the following for the terms of her mandate and accountability and equally that of an assistant. Please also note that this new ANB service has no impact on our review process of formal complaints that falls under the responsibility of our ANB Commissioners in Darren Blois, Rob Jackson and David Thomas.
ANB wishes to welcome and thank Dr. Krista Daigle for accepting to serve in this position as Chief Ethics/Conflict Advisor to ANB members. We also wish to thank Michele LeBlanc who has accepted to assist Dr. Daigle as Assistant ECA.
Role: Ethics/Conflict Advisors (ECAs)
Start Date: Immediate
Requirements: Criminal Record Check & Appropriate Experience and Disposition for the Mandate
The role of the Chief ANB Ethics/Conflict Advisor (ECA) is to provide Athletics New Brunswick members with guidance and advice and in total confidentiality, with regards to concerns or conflicts. The ECA may also provide conflict resolution approaches where deemed appropriate. The position shall be filled by a person not necessarily involved in the sport of Athletics but experienced in conflict resolution. This office will be filled by one individual, along with the support, if required, of an experienced member of the Athletics New Brunswick Board (or designate) deemed an ECA assistant.
Should any matter brought to the attention of the ECA be of a complaint level, the Chief ECA’s role will be to provide the member with the knowledge and information required to prepare their complaint to be filed before the ANB commissioners. In order to maintain independence, the Chief ECA will not be an active participant in any complaint case brought before the ANB Commissioners and shall always remain independent of the process.
An ECA assistant may also be appointed in order to provide the Chief ECA with additional knowledge and context of the sport and in situations as they arise. The role of the ECA assistant could also be as a sounding board to the Chief ECA. The ECA assistant may be assigned the task of providing technical support to ANB member in filing a complaint by the Chief ECA.
The chief ECA and Assistant ECA will be appointed by the board at the recommendation of the ANB Executive. These roles will be accountable to the ANB Executive in terms of their work availability and general level of satisfaction for the services provided. While it remains the ANB Executive’s responsibility to ensure the ECAs are carrying out their duties effectively, neither the Executive nor any members of the Board or staff shall be involved or intervene in any discussions involving the ECAs and ANB members.
Dr. Krista Daigle – Key Experience & Background:
• Long standing (health) professional
• Experience as a previous member of an Ethics Board (in her profession)
• Experience working with minors
• Experience in Sport (although not necessary to be in Athletics)
Apr 9 2020 - Happy Easter/Passover- the best wishes from David Bedford of Athletics Canada
A message from Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer David Bedford:
For many of us, and our family and friends, Easter/Passover is an important time of year to express the importance of faith in their lives. For those with kids, or in my case a spouse who loves chocolate, Easter takes on a different meaning! No matter whether you celebrate these days with a faith based focus, or you just celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny, please take some time this weekend to take respite from the terrible pandemic that has shattered, at least for now, life as we have known it.
Please also take some time this weekend to give thanks to the heroes among us who are working so hard to keep us safe, often at their own personal peril. Doctor's, nurses, paramedics, and ambulance drivers are putting their health at risk every day as they fight so hard to prevent this pandemic from capsizing us. But equally important are the gas station attendants, the grocery store workers, the truck drivers delivering our food, the veterinarians taking care of our pets, the restaurant workers making food for delivery or pick up, etc. They are not only keeping us safe and fed, but also keeping our fragile economy going. If you are out at all this weekend, please be safe. But please also be kind to our fellow citizens as we navigate social distancing and lineups. And most importantly, please THANK EVERY PERSON who is working that you interact with! All of these people, operating essential services for our collective benefit, are the angels amongst us!
We will come back from this, in due time, stronger than ever.
I hope you all find some joy this weekend, and remain safe and healthy.
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