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Mar 30 2013 - Barry Britt runs a 5000m PB at 2013 Nike Stanford Invitational
Stanford, California- With the 2013 outdoor track and field season only a few days old. Barry Britt showed that he is in top form on Friday , the 22 year old from Hampton who competes for Idaho University finished 6th in his 5000m heat with a new personal best time of 14:03.48. This time is the 3rd fastest ever by a New Brunswick runner on the track. It also ranks the Saint John Track club member 3rd in Canada. The New Brunswick record is of 13:57.65 set by Olympian Joel Bourgeois in 2001.
Barry’s time is also only 3 seconds away for the Standard for the 2013 Jeux de La Francophonie that will take place in September 6-15 in Nice, France.
‘’ This is a great early result for Barry , it is very promising for him’’ said Gabriel LeBlanc Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. ‘’ I have no doubt that he will challenges the New Brunswick record in the 5000m this year and be a contender for a spot on our Provincial team heading to the Jeux de la Francophonie. I also believe he will be among the elite of Canadian distance running over the next few years’’
While Britt’s university season will have him busy running all over the United States , New Brunswick fans will most likely get a chance to see run at the Canadian Championships that will be held in Moncton June 20-23rd.
Full results : http://www.rtspt.com/events/stanford/invite2013/
Mar 27 2013 - ANB CG Athlete profile : Caleb Jones
Over the weeks leading up to Canada Games, Athletics New-Brunswick will be publishing a bi-weekly profile of it’s various medal hopefuls. This week, we present New Brunswick javelin superstar Caleb Jones
By Nathan Paton
Caleb Jones is a 21 year old javelin thrower from Saint John, New Brunswick, who is currently training to compete at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. I managed to talk to Mr. Jones and ask him about his athletic endeavors, and he was kind enough to spend some time letting me get to know him.
When first speaking with Caleb Jones, what is initially apparent is his overwhelming enthusiasm for not only the sport of javelin, but for life in general. He had previously played both football and baseball, admitting that he was “never interested” in javelin. It wasn’t until he attended a youth national track meet in Oromocto that he became interested in the sport. He watched the competition that day and thought to himself “how hard could it be?” He soon contacted the Saint John Track Club, where Dave Thomas “was tickled pink” by his interest. Caleb has been a javelin thrower ever since.
Progressing from his humble beginnings, he has moved on to compete at the World Juniors which were held in Moncton in 2010. It was there that he was the flag bearer for Canada, which he admits “was the coolest experience of my life.” Mr. Jones insists that “having the meet in Moncton was phenomenal.” He used his experience as a Martimer to his advantage during the rainy weather which plagued the events, which proved to be a success as he left the competition with 10th place overall.
His personal best in the javelin is 73. 25 meters (that coverts to over 240 feet!) which is the furthest ever throw by a New Brunswick Athlete.
Apart from the World Juniors Caleb has also competed in the 2009 Canada Games in Prince Edward Island, as well as training at the National Throw Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. He had been suffering from an elbow injury during the past year, and is now fully recovered and looking forward to a successful summer. He is currently coached by Dr Earl Church of Shediac Bridge a former National coach. He trains often twice a day during the week, and describes his training regimen as “a lot of lifting, a lot of throwing.” His schedule is expected to intensify as the Canada Games draw nearer.
When I asked Caleb about his thoughts regarding this summer’s games, he offered me some fresh insight into the event. For him it isn’t a huge competition, nor is it something he is overly anxious about, despite being in contention for a gold medal in javelin. Instead, Caleb regards it as an opportunity to “give the province an understanding of how well athletics are doing.” Beyond this, it is a chance to promote the sport and increase funding for athletics. Caleb sums it up well in saying “it’s a great stepping stone” for the province.
In concluding our interview I asked Caleb if he had any advice to offer those who may be interested in pursuing athletics or javelin in specific. To Caleb, track and field is an individual sport, and as such it takes an athlete willing to work hard on the independent level for success. While there are plenty of opportunities for youth to pursue team oriented sports, he assured me that “nothing beats an individual sport.” In concluding our interview, Caleb left me with one final piece of wisdom. In one’s training or one’s life, his most resonating answer was that it was most important “to always be going in the right direction”, whether it was self-improvement or injury prevention. We wish Caleb the best of luck in his athletic endeavors in the future, and we eagerly await the success he will most certainly achieve.
-Our Next Athlete profile will be of 800m phenom Grace Annear of Hampton and will be available April 25th
Mar 26 2013 - Did you compete at the Legion T&F Champs?
The Royal Canadian Legion, producers of the Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships for the past 73 years, will hold the event August 2013 and again August 2014 in Langley, British Columbia. The Championships will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of BC/Yukon Command.
As hosts, this year will see many new dimensions to the Championships with a pro-active promotional campaign.
The objective is to build a Championship alumni archive and they are looking for information, pictures, testimonials, quotes, videos and interesting stories from current and former members of the Legion Track & Field Clubs.
For more informationgo please visit: http://www.athletics.ca/files/2013LegionAlumni.pdf
Mar 23 2013 - Jason Bouchard shines in Montreal
Montreal- Jason Bouchard of Oromocto , and member of Fredericton Legion Track club traveled to Montreal this weekend to take part in the Quebec Indoor Championships . On Friday , the 23 year old sprinter took part in the 400m where he ran 49.20 not only the fastest time in the competition but also breaks Adam Gaude’s New Brunswick record time of 49.47 that was set in 2011. However Jason wasn’t done there , on Saturday he competed in the 200m again posting the best time of the competition with a clocking of 22.22 . This time also breaks his own provincial record of 22.41 which was set last month in Maine.
‘’These are just fantastic results for Jason, these results show all the hard training he has put in with his long time Coach Yvan Pelletier’’ said Gabriel Leblanc technical director of Athletics New Brunswick. ‘’ Personally, I am very excited to see what he will run this outdoor season on bigger track!``
New Brusnwick track and field fans will be lucky to watch him run at the Senior National Championships that will take place in Moncton from June 20th-23rd. He will also be one of the contenders to represent New Brunswick at the Jeux de la Francophonie International that will take place in Nice, France September 6-15th
Full Results of the Quebec Indooor Championships here: http://www.athletisme.qc.ca/userfiles/file/Resultats/Resultats%202013/resultatschampprovhiver2013.pdf
Mar 17 2013 - A World Record for Patty Blanchard & 3 NB record for Jefferson
Congratulation to Patty Blanchard of Dieppe , who was part of Team Canada Women 50 that broke the world record in the 4x800m relay on the first day of the Canadian Masters Indoor Championships in Toronto.
Her teammates included Donna Dixon (50, from Calgary), Karen Gold (50, from Toronto) and Laurie Meloche (51, from Regina) they ran a time of 10:32.66. This broke the existing record from an American team who ran 10:38.97 last year.
Also competing at these championships was David Jefferson of Saint John. He set 3 provincial records . 1sy he thre the shot put 7.70m to finish 2nd in the M65-70 event. This throw also breaks his New Brunswick record by 40cm. He then set a new mark in the Triple Jump with a leap of 6.46m to win gold. He also won the Weight throw with a toss of 10.74m a new provincial mark
Mar 16 2013 - Atlantic Indoor Track & Field Championships
The Atlantic Indoor Track & Field Championships took place this past Saturday at the CEPS indoor track in Moncton. Many personal bests were set along with many New Brunswick indoor records.
On the women's side:
- Sara Eve Noel (Chaleur Athletics) of Allardville broke her own record in the midget girls shot put (3kg) by over 30 cm with a throw of 11.47m.
- Ainsley MacTavish-Hawkes of Moncton (ASEA) set a new provincial mark in the women's T34 wheelchair 60m event with a time of 25.96.
- Mary Brosnan of Saint John (Saint John Track Club) set a new masters 55-60 age group record in the 800m and 3000m with times of 3:28.89 and 14:01.28 respectively.
On the men's side:
- Clint Steeves of Riverglade (ASEA) broke the midget boys long jump record with a humongous leap of 5.91m. This jump breaks the long standing record in the event set by Philip Cady from 1980. Clint also won the high jump with a great jump of 1.70m.
- Pierre Landry of Saint Louis de Kent (ASEA) broke the senior men's triple jump record with a great jump of 14.24m. Pierre also won the senior long jump with a leap of 6.86m.
- Aaron LeBlanc of Memramcook (ASEA) broke the junior men's weight throw record with a massive throw of 16.10m, beating out the previous provincial record of 14.90m set just three months ago. Aaron also placed second in the 6kg shot put.
- Mitch Quigg of Saint John (Saint John Track Club) broke the senior men's pole vault record with a great jump of 3.70m. This breaks the old record of 3.15m set by Scott Morrison in 1997!
- Jacob Somerville of Moncton (ASEA) set new records in the Para F35 shot put with a throw of 6.53m.
- Erik Klein of Hampton (Saint John Track Club) broke the masters 35-40 age group record in the 60m with a time of 7.90 seconds, and in the 200m with a time of 26.04 seconds.
-Robert Jackson of Fredericton broke the men's 55-59 New Brunswick record in the 1500m with a time of 4:50.80
- Andrew Justason of Fredericton Legion Track Club broke the masters 40-45 age group record in the pole vault with a jump of 2.90m.
- Joe Hall of Fredericton (Fredericton Legion Track Club) broke the masters 40-45 age group record in the shot put (7.26kg) with a throw of 12.83m to smash out the old record of 9.49m.
- Doug Richardson of Upper Kingsclear (Fredericton Legion Track Club) broke the masters 50-55 age group record in the shot put (6kg) with a throw of 10.26m to smash the old record of 8.82m.
- Paul Thibodeau of Moncton (ASEA) broke the masters 50-55 age group record in the 3000m with a fast time of 11:03.53, breaking the old record by over an entire minute!
- William Anderson of Saint John (Saint John Track Club) set the masters 65-70 age group record in the 3000m with a great time of 16:05.68.
- New Brunswick Masters also set 2 new Provincial record in the 4x200 first the team of Erik Klein, Andrew Justason, Steve Leblanc and Phil Davis set the 35-39 with a time of 1:54.89 , while the team of Yvan Pelletier, Bill Macmackin, Edward Bourque and Ross Britton set a new 45-49 record with a time of 2:01.76
A great 3000m race took place featuring two of the fastest age class runners in Canada, Nick MacMackin who won the junior age category in a time of 8:45.81, and training partner Josh Shanks won the youth event in a time of 8:49.27.
The Team banner went to Athlétisme South East / Sud-Est Athlétisme (ASEA) took home the championship banner with a total score of 456 points, with Saint John Track Club scoring second in 377 points, and Halifast Athletics taking 3rd in 274 points.
"These were truly amazing results for out athletes, with so many provincial records this boads well for athletics in New Brunswick" said Gabriel LeBlanc, technical director of Athletics New Brunswick. "Our athletes are in top form and it is very promissing for the outdoor season that is just around the corner, packed with many big events including the Canadian Track and Field Championships to take place at Moncton Stadium in June."
This meet concluded the last indoor meet of the season, with the next meet to begin the outdoor season, set for May 12th at the ASEA Spring Open in Moncton.
Full results can be found here: http://www.anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=551
Mar 13 2013 - Atlantic Indoor Track and field Championships Preview
This Saturday, March 16th, Moncton will be hosting the 2013 Atlantic Indoor Track and Field championships. Over 200 athletes coming from 15 clubs will compete in what is the last indoor competition of the season.
Some of most anticipated events include:
-The men’s 400m where 200m provincial senior record holder Jason Bouchard (Fredericton Legion Track Club) of Oromocto is favoured to win against a strong field.
-The men’s 3000m promises to be a very exiting race as Josh Shanks of Lepreau , currently ranked second in Canada as a youth will battle it out against his teammate Nick MacMackin of Quispamsis (silver medalist at last year’s Legion National Championships), Jean Marc Doiron of Collette (O2 Track Club) and Alex Cyr of Prince Edward Island will round up this great field of athletes.
-The Junior weight throw should also be exciting with Aaron LeBlanc of Memramcook (ASEA) , Jonathan Gionet of Bathurst (STU) and David Kerr of Fredericton Legion Track Club all capable of breaking the excitant provincial record of 14m90 that was set this past December by David Kerr.
On the women’s side :
-All eyes will be on the women’s 800m where Sara Kean of Quispamsis (SJTC) and Taylor Dunn of Fredericton (SJTC) should battle it out for top honours.
-Sydney Macdonald of Miramichi (ASEA) will look to lower her own provincial record in the 60m hurdles that she set less than a month ago with a clocking of 9.48. She is also favored in the Long jump event.
-The Girls shot put should also be a heated affair, as last month both Sara Eve Noel of Allardville (ACA) and Jessika Lepage of Atholville (ARA) broke the New Brunswick midget girls record. In the Youth girls shot put Christelle Frenette of Dieppe (ASEA) will try to lower her own Provincial Record. Also in action in this event will be Sarah Colborne of Turo Track Club currently ranked 1st as a youth in Canada in this event.
-Veronica Coombes of Shediac Cap (ASEA), the provincial record holder in the women’s wheelchair event will try to lower her own marks in the 60m, 200 and 400m.
The Atlantic Team championships title is also up for grabs with many teams in the hunt. Last year’s team champion was Moncton Based Athlétisme Sud Est/ South East Athletics should battle it out with Provincial champions Fredericton Legion Track Club , Halifast Athletics , Chaleur Athletics and Saint John Track club.
‘’This should be a great event with many of our top age group athletes competing’’ said Gabriel LeBlanc Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick . ‘’ For many it gives them a chance to set an indoor personal best and break records before the outdoor season start’’
The event starts at 10:30 at The Stade Vance Tonner of L’Univeristé de Moncton and should conclude around 4pm. Admission is Free .
Results will be posted on www.anb.ca after the completion of the event.
Mar 9 2013 - NB athletes at CIS Championships
Edmonton-A total of 10 New Brunswick athletes competed at the CIS Championships this past weekend.
New Brunswick top performer had to be Grace Annear of Hampton competing for the University of Victoria . She first set a provincial record in the preliminary heats of the 600m in a time 1:31.81. In the finals she finished 6th overall in a time of 1:33.12. She was also a member of the gold winning 4x800m team with her Uvic teamates . Her team ran 8:51.36 winning by almost 2 seconds. She was also part of the bronze medal4x400m team that finished in a time of 3:48.42.
Also competing for University of Victoria , Adam Gaudes of Fredericton finished 4th overall in the 600m in 1:20.51. He was also part of the Uvic's 4x800m team that finished 4th in 7:37.34 and in the 4x400m team that finished 5th in 3:19.11.
Guelph University was represented by 3 New Brunswick athletes: Lydia Frost of Bocabec competed in the 1000m finishing in 5th in the in a time of 2:53.12 while Nadine Frost of Bocabec finished 9th in the same event in 2:56.39, Nadine also finished 12th in the 1500m in a time of 4:47.17. Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton finished 5th in the 3000m in 9:51.83 , and 10th in the 1500m in 4:42.35. All 3 runners were part of Guelph's 4x800m team that finished 3rd in 9:00.80.
Alexandra Black of Yoho Lake competing for the University of New Brunswick finished 11th in women's shot put with a throw of 12m07.
-Sarah Taplin , from Moncton a rookie for Dalhousie University finished 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 11.47m.
-Jason Mackenzie , a 5 year student from Campbellton and competing for l’Université de Moncton finished 10th in the Men’s Pentathlon with 3 351 points. His second highest ever point total.
-Alexa-Maude Mallais, a 5th year student for Duguayville also of L’Université de Moncton also finished 10th in the women’s 60m in 7.81, this is also her second fastest run over this distance.
-Ryan Cassidy of Grand Digue (Victoria) was unable to finish his 3000m race.
The women's team title went to the University of Calgary while the men's title to Guelph University.
Results available here: http://cistf.per.ualberta.ca/
Mar 8 2013 - MacKenzie wins CIS track & field award
EDMONTON, Alta.- The season award winners were announced Thursday morning prior to the start of the 2013 CIS indoor track and field championships. Among the winners was ANB member Jason MaKenzie who won the Student-Athlete Community Service Award. Mackenzie, who is known for his volunteering has been part of projects such as Right to Play, at the University of Moncton, in addition he is part of ANB's 12 challenges program. He also assisted in the organization of the Classique de Cross-Country.
Mar 8 2013 - Coach applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Legion Championships
The 2013 National Legion Youth Championships will be taking place in Langley BC from August 8-12 and Athletics New Brunswick is seeking applicants for the Coach position.
Application can be found here: http://www.anb.ca/Programs/royal-canadian-legion.php (also attached to this email)
If you are interested or know others who might be, we encourage you to submit your application by April 1st 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you have any questions with regards to the position please feel free to contact email@example.com
Mar 6 2013 - ANB CG Athlete profile : James Brace
In order to promote New Brunswick’s athletes that will compete at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, Athletics New Brunswick will post a bi-weekly profile of its various medal hopefuls. The first profile is of James Brace, New Brunswick fastest ever wheelchair athlete. The next profile will be available April 1st and will be of New Brunswick’s top javelin thrower Caleb Jones of Saint John.In order to promote New Brunswick’s athletes that will compete at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, Athletics New Brunswick will post a bi-weekly profile of its various medal hopefuls.
The first profile is of James Brace, New Brunswick fastest ever wheelchair athlete. The next profile will be available April 1st and will be of New Brunswick’s top javelin thrower Caleb Jones of Saint John.
Athletics New Brunswick Athlete profile
By Nathan Paton
James Brace, from Intervale (Petticodiac), NB is a 28 year old New Brunswicker that holds almost every provincial record wheelchair division. Brace is currently training for the 2013 Canada Games that will take place in Sherbrooke, Quebec August 11-18th.
Brace has always been an athlete, participating in hockey for most of his life. He used to put in between 10 and 15 hours a week on the ice, meaning he is no stranger to hard work. He never had a passion for track and field when he was younger. However after an accident in 2006 left him without the use of his legs it seemed to him that the only sports available were wheelchair basketball or sledge hockey. Brace had never even heard of the wheelchair division of track and field, yet received an invitation to attend an outreach program for para-athletes organized by Athletics New Brunswick at the CEPS of l’Université de Moncton in 2010. He attended, and to his surprise ANB technical director Gabriel LeBlanc was impressed with what he saw. Approaching Brace after the event, Gabe made his stance clear. “We’re keeping you” He has been racing ever since.
As the prospect of the 2013 Canada Games looms, Brace’s training has been stepped up to intense level of commitment. Aside from 2-3 weight trainning workouts per week, Brace spends 3-4 days per week on the track, sometimes practicing twice a day. Practices may consist of sprints, intervals, technical training or distance work. “Every day is different” Brace says.
A member of Moncton based Athlétisme Sud-est/South East Athletics track club, James gets to work with various top level track and field coaches including former National Head Coach Dr. Earl Church, Athletic's New Brunswick High Performance coach Steve LeBlanc and the club's head coach Peter Stuart . When asked to comment about James, Stuart, had this to say: « Despite only being involved in the sport for a few years, he is a hard working and determined athlete. He has a great attitude towards his practices that were probably developed in his other sports when he was younger. He could develop into a top level national racer. "
This summer, James will also compete at the National Track and Field Championships that will take place in Moncton June 20 to the 23rd.
But all this hard training has been paying off in Brace’s eyes's. When asked if he was excited about the prospect of representing New Brunswick at the Canada Games, Brace’s response was a hearty “yes”. “It’s my biggest goal this year he added”, emphasizing the importance of the event. He will likely be competing in three events; the 200m, the 400m, and the 1500m. And although the 200m is his favorite, he is most looking forward to the 1500m, as he has only raced in the longer distances twice before. While the opportunity to compete is huge, so is the pressure. Despite the pressure, Brace takes it all in stride. “I try not to overthink it. I need to concentrate and simply do my work.” The athlete was also recently invited to take part in the National Training Camp from March 26- April 4th in Clermont, Florida , to work with Canada's top athletes and coaches.
When we asked him if he had any wisdom or advice to offer someone looking to try out a new sport, he was quick to offer some encouragement. “Give it a try before saying no… hopefully you find what you’re looking for.” He continued by explaining that he had in fact found what he was looking for through sport. “I’m in the best health I ever been in, energy wise, physically, mentally and emotionally. Sport brings out a better part in anybody”.
Mar 5 2013 - A record number of New Brunswick Athlete to compete at the CIS Track And Field Championships
A total of 10 New Brunswick Athletes will travel to Edmonton this weekend for the 2013 CIS Track and Field Championships. The three-day event, hosted by the University of Alberta, gets underway Thursday afternoon and conclude Saturday afternoon.
The University of Guelph is one of the favorites to win the team title, their team counts 3 New Brunswick athletes including Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton who is ranked 2nd in the 3000m and 4th in the 1500m going into the event. Also competing for Guelph are Lydia Frost of Bocabec whois ranked 3rd in the 1500m and 10th in the 1000m and Nadine Frost also of Bocabec is ranked 7th in the 1000m and 6th in the 1500m they will also compete in the 4x800m (ranked 2nd) .
Three New Brunswick athletes will also represent the University of Victoria. Led by Adam Gaudes of Fredericton , who is ranked 2nd in the 600m, will also run in the 4x400m and 4x800m. His teammate Ryan Cassidy of Grand Digue will compete in the 3000m (ranked 8th) while Grace Annear of Hampton will compete in the 600m (ranked 9th) the 4x800m (ranked 1st) and 4x400m (ranked 4th)
Sarah Taplin of Moncton a rookie for Dalhousie University will compete in the Triple Jump , she is ranked 8th in the event after setting a AUS record in his event 2 weeks ago.
L’Université de Moncton will have 2 representative Alexa-Maude Mallais of Duguayville who will compete in the 60m (ranked 13th) . While Jason Mackenzie of Campbelton will compete in the Pentathlon going into the event ranked 9th.
Alexandra Black of Yoho Lake will represent UNB in the shot put. She goes into ranked 11th.
Mar 2 2013 - Athletics New Brunswick seeking Athlete Representative
ANB is actively seeking a representative of the athlete’s voice on the ANB board of directors. This individual will provide input on the administration and delivery of our programs and provide the athlete’s perspective on decisions made regarding these programs.
-Represent the needs and opinions of athletes at ANB meetings, specifically the AGM (September) the SAGM (April).
-Provide advice on the development of an annual training and competition calendar.
- Must be aged 17 or older and reside in the province of New Brunswick year round
- Be a member of Athletics New Brunswick for at least the past 2 years
After the March 29th deadline an online vote will be occur being open to all youth, junior, and senior aged athletes with a closing date of April 15th. The voting and nomination process is restricted to youth , junior and senior athletes.
The candidate will serve for a two year term (April 2013 –May 2015)
Announcement of new athlete representative will be posted on April 16th. The selected Athlete Representative will being representation at the ANB Semi-Annual General Meeting on April 20th in Moncton. Please note that while this is a volunteer position that all expenses related to this position will be covered by ANB.
If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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