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Mar 23 2020 - Update to ANB Members - Covid-19 Situation
Dear ANB members,
On behalf of your board and staff we certainly wish to express our profound regrets for the situation we all find ourselves in. “Unprecedented global phenomena” certainly are the defining words. We hope you are all safe, sound and in good health. Most importantly please do adhere to the latest emergency advisory issued by the Province of New Brunswick below. It is imperative we all do so.
As you will have noticed over the past 24 hours the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee have called on the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 LOC to postpone the Olympics until 2021, which now we expect will occur. Such a change will alleviate the unnecessary and detrimental pressures put on all aspiring Olympic athletes around the world over the past few months.
For your information your national body, Athletics Canada, played a leading role in the decision by the COC and CPC. We congratulate them in their leadership. You will also note below the follow-up actions taken by Athletics Canada including the cancellation of the National Championships in Montreal this June. Our hearts go out not only to the athletes but also to the organizers who held an outstanding championship competition in 2019.
These developments do highlight the need for us at ANB to find ways to assist you our athletes and coaches over this lock-down period as well as plan out contingencies, should we be in an extended period of restricted access or even lock-down. After a discussion earlier today with staff here are the first two initiatives we are taking:Over the next 24 hours, your senior ANB staff will be reaching out to all ANB coaches for input in terms of what they might have identified and developed as alternative best practices for athlete training at the present. This includes training methods as well as access to technical support and injury prevention/management. Ideally this collection of best practices will be made available on a centralized data center that you can all access. We will reach out to Athletics Canada and to our other PSO partners for the same. Effective immediately all ANB athletes and coaches are welcome to call on either Steve Leblanc or Chris Belof for any technical or training support (coordinates below). Most particularly we encourage those athletes who, for one reason or another, have no coaching support to reach out to them. They will be pleased to provide you feedback and possibly suggest coaching support (near-by or at distance) available to you should you be looking for an ongoing training program.
Finally, we encourage you to keep up to date on all new advisories issued by our province’s Public Health at the following:
Steve Leblanc - ANB Coordinator of High Performance– email@example.com – 506-852-0325
Chris Belof – ANB High Performance Coach – firstname.lastname@example.org – 506-638-2439
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