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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.
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