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Dec 30 2013 - ANB needs your help! New strategic plan!
Dear Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Parents and Friends of Athletics New Brunswick,
As was announced in the fall, ANB is developing a new strategic plan for the next four years. The process involves getting feedback from athletes, coaches, officials, parents and any other stakeholders. One of the ways we are doing this is through online surveys at the links below. We would encourage you to go to these surveys and give us your feedback. If more than one survey applies to you as perhaps your are a parent and athlete or athlete and coach for example, then feel free to complete any survey you think applies. Your input into this process is important and will help our committee and board form our goals and plans for the future. Please make every effort to complete these surveys before January 15th.
Athlete Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AthleteSurvey1
Parent Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParentSurveyANB
Club Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ClubSurvey1
Coach Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CoachSurvey1
Officials Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Officials1
Thank you for your input into this process and we wish you all the best for 2014.
ANB Strategic Planning Committee
Dec 29 2013 - ANB's top 13 of 2013
With the 2013 coming to a close, Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to publish it's Top 13 moments of 2013. With this year being among the best year in our history it was incredibly hard to determine which moments would make this list.
13. Rejean Chiasson Captures Silver
Despite having an off year, Rejean Chiasson, New Brunswick's fastest ever marathon runner, was successful in capturing the silver medal at the Canadian Half Marathon Championships, held in Montreal in late April, with a time of 1:08:03. Only one competitor in the field of 2695 was able to outrun Chiasson, that being Canadian Olympian in 2008 and 2012, Eric Gillis. Also at the event, Brandon LeBlanc of Riverview had taken 103rd place overall and was the first junior to cross the line, coming in at a time of 1:24:23
12. Victoria LeBlanc Takes Bronze & other medalist at Legion Nationals
Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John claimed a huge personal best in the long jump event at the Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships, held in Langley, British Columbia, raising her to the bronze medal position with a jump of 5.38 meters. The next day Victoria kept the momentum by breaking the provincial record in the 300m hurdles with a time of 46.18 seconds.Other highlights inclded a bronze medal from Jordan Sonier in the Youth Javelin and a bronze in the midget Javelin by Melissa Pellerin.
11. New Brunswicker Breaks World Record
Patti Blanchard of Dieppe was part of the Team Canada women's 50-55 4x800m team at the Canadian Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships where a new world record in that age category was set with a clocking of 10:32.66. Her teammates included Donna Dixon of Calgary, Karen Gold of Toronto, and Laurie Meloche of Regina. The team was even capable of breaking the existing record by over 6 seconds!
10. Moncton hosts Canadian Championships
Moncton was the host city of the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships where many of Canada's top athletes and Olympians qualified for the World Championships held in Moscow just two months later. The event saw great crowds as athletes such as Aaron Brown, Justyn Warner, Dylan Armstrong, Damian Warner, Brianne Theisen, and Derek Drouin took to their respective events, all of whom went on to win medals at the World Championships. Many New Brunswick athletes competed at the event as well, with Caleb Jones capturing the bronze medal in the javelin and Veronica Coombes capturing a silver and a bronze medal in the 100m and 200m respectively. Christel Robichaud also captured a silver in the F58 shot put. Moncton is also set to host the 2014 edition of the event which will stand as a qualifier for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
9. Katie Robinson Captures Steeplechase Bronze
Katie Robinson of Saint John Track Club was New Brunswick's only medalist at this year's Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships held in Saint-Therese. Robinson set a personal best of 7:05.83 in the 2000m steeplechase to capture the bronze medal, beating out fourth place by just 0.28 seconds. Just one month later, Robinson was able to place 10th at the Canada Games and will still remain eligible for next year's Canadian Junior Championships, as well as the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
8. Macpherson Races to Bronze
Sarah Macpherson of Fredericton was successful in capturing a medal in a tactical 5000m race at the Canada Games in August. Macpherson ran a time of 17:35.72 in a race where all three medalists came in within a span of less than 2.5 seconds. This was New Brunswick's first ever medal in the 5000m, male or female, in the history of the Canada Games. On the previous day of the Games, Sarah had placed 8th in a tactical and fast finish 1500m, just missing a medal as the top eight athletes came in with less than a 5 seconds.
7. Shanks VS. The World
Josh Shanks of Saint John Track Club ran to an incredible time of 8:31.51 in the 3000m in mid-June to rank himself first in the entire country in the event. This performance was good enough for Shanks to be named to Team Canada for the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, only New Brunswick's third athlete to ever qualify for the World Youth Championships. Shanks placed 5th in his heat to automatically qualify for the finals where he placed 12th. Not only was Josh the only finalist in the event from Canada but he was the only finalist from the entire Western Hemisphere!
6. Cassidy and Britt Storm Canadian Cross Country Championships
Ryan Cassidy of Grande-Digue and Barry Britt of Hampton both had an outstanding race in the Canadian Cross Country Championships held in late November. Cassidy completed the tough muddy course in a time of 32:03.71 to finish 4th, followed by Britt just 13 seconds behind to take 5th. These outstanding results put both athletes on Team Canada for the NACAC Cross Country Championships to be held in Mount Irvine, Trinidad & Tobago in late February. Of the six athletes that qualified for the team, 2 were from Ontario, 2 from British Columbia, and 2 from New Brunswick!
5. Luisa Schwarz carries on Distance Running Tradition
Luisa Schwarz of Fredericton captured the gold medal in the 3000m and the silver medal in the 1500m at the Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships. Earlier in the season Schwarz had ran a time of 9:58.47 in the 3000m, making her one of very few athletes in the province to ever break 10 minutes across the distance. Back in 2008, Genevieve Lalonde had captured gold in both of these events, and with Schwarz still having one year of eligibility it appears that New Brunswick's history of distance running will carry on!
4. Veronica Captures Triple Silver
Veronica Coombes of Shediac Cape, at just 15 years of age, captured three silver medals at the Canada Games, in the 200m, 400m, and 1500m wheelchair events. With a huge personal best of over 20 seconds in the 1500m. She became the first ever Para-Athlete from New Brunswick to medal in Athletics. Just two months earlier, Coombes captured a silver and a bronze medal in the 100m and 200m respectively at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, being one of the youngest athletes to medal at the event. With the maximum age for para events at the Canada Games being 30, Veronica will still be eligible for the 2017, 2021, and 2025 Games!
3. Quigg's clutch performances
Mitch Quigg of Saint John impressed many when he became the province's first ever medalist in the decathlon at the Canada Games. Quigg set personal bests in almost every event of the competition, totaling up 6566 points for a new provincial record which left the bronze medalist over 300 points behind. During the pole vault event, Mitch tied the provincial record with a leap of 4.00 meters, the only athlete to clear that height in the competition. Just two days later Mitch set another personal best in the javelin throw, reaching a distance of 66.30 meters to win the bronze medal.
2. Jones' Javelin
Caleb Jones of Saint John had an incredible season in the javelin. Jones earned a a bronze medal at the Canadian Track and Field Championships at Moncton Stadium, throwing a provincial record of 73.92 meters. In early July, Caleb was the gold medalist at the Victoria International Track Classic, a stop on the National Track League, with a throw of 73.56 meters, then just two days later placed third at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic, with a throw of 73.64. At the Atlantic Championships just weeks later, Caleb threw 74.18 meters to further his provincial record. At the Canada Games, Caleb once again proved his dominance with a throw of 72.42 meters, winning the gold medal by almost 4 meters and becoming the province's first ever medal in the javelin event at the Canada Games. In his final meet of the season, the Jeux de la Francophonie held in Nice, France, Caleb threw the javelin 69.69 meters to place 5th.
1. The Summer of Lalonde
New Brunswick's top moment in track in field had to be Genevieve Lalonde's outdoor season. The Moncton native missed the first of the season due to a small injury but came back stronger than ever in the later half of the season. At the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Lalonde dominated the 2000m steeplechase event, running a time of 6:32.45 to not only win the gold medal and break the Games record, but break the Canadian record in the event with the next closest competitor only coming in 13 seconds later. Lalonde kept the momentum going into the 1500m final two days later by capturing the bronze medal in a very tactical and close race with the top eight athletes all coming in within a span of less than 5 seconds. As if winning two medals at the Canada Games and breaking a Canadian record wasn't enough, Gen became New Brunswick's first ever female athletics medalist at the Jeux de la Francophonie with a bronze medal and a new provincial record with a time of 9:53.35 in the 3000m steeplechase.
Honorable mentions also go to:
- Chris Robertson's performances
- Athletics New Brunswick dominating the Sport NB Pitney Bowes Awards
- The track and field team dominating the annual Universite de Moncton sport awards
- New Brunswick athletes at the Hershey North American Games (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Athletics New Brunswick would like to wish everyone a Happy and successful 2014!
Dec 28 2013 - New Brunswick Athletes to Take Part in High Perfromance Camp
From January 2nd to the 12th three of New Brunswick's best para athlete will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take part in a high performance camp organized by national wheelchair coach Ueli Albert of Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic.
Veronica Coombes of Shediac Cape, a triple silver medalist at this year's Canada Games, James Brace of Interval, and Christel Robichaud of Moncton, both also Canada Games team members and provincial record holders, will take part in the camp to help improve their skills. The camp is organized by Ueli Albert, a Dalhousie University graduate with a degree in Kinesiology as well as a former high performance athlete in the 800m from Switzerland.
"This camp should help bring these athletes to the next level", said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical director of Athletics New Brunswick, who will also be attending the camp as a coach. "Ueli Albert is an incredible coach, having coached at the 2011 Parapanamerican Games and that year's IPC World Championships, and I am certain this camp will allow our New Brunswick athletes reach their goals."
Dec 21 2013 - Last Chance Recap
This past Saturday saw the last track meet in the province for the 2013 year, the last meet for many before going up an age class in the new year. The Last Chance Meet was held at CEPS in Moncton and saw numerous provincial records set.
On the women's side:
- Sophie Black (ASEA) broke the bantam high jump record with a leap of 1.53m, breaking the former record of 1.49m set in 2006, as well broke the bantam tetrathlon (60m, long jump, shot put, high jump) record with a score of 1652, breaking the former record of 757 set in 2011.
- Christel Robichaud (ASEA) set a new record in the F58 para shot put with a throw of 5.56m.
On the men's side:
- Sebastian LeBlanc (ASEA) broke the midget 60m hurdles record with a time of 9.51, breaking the former record of 9.68 set in 2007.
- Chris Robertson (ASEA) broke the senior 60m hurdles record with a time of 8.60, breaking Colin Inglis' former record of 8.63 set in 1992.
- James Brace (ASEA) set a new record in the F57 para shot put with a throw of 7.69m.
- Andrew Justason broke the masters 40-45 shot put record with a throw of 9.71m.
- Ross Britton (SJTC) broke the masters 45-50 pole vault record with a height of 2.70m.
- Alex Coffin (SJTC) broke the masters 45-50 3000m record with a time of 10:01.61.
- Paul Thibodeau (ASEA) broke the masters 50-55 3000m record with a time of 10:55.18.
- Ross Belyea (Unattached) broke the masters 65-70 60m record with a time of 9.69.
Full Results can be found here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=684
The next meet in the province, also the first of the new year, will be the Moncton Open, set to take place January 18th and 19th.
Dec 18 2013 - Last chance meet set for Saturday
This Saturday will see New Brunswick athletes' last chance to set a provincial record before the new year! The Last Chance Meet, hosted by Université de Moncton and ASEA, will take place December 21st and is a great opportunity for athletes to break a provincial record before many enter a new age class.
The meet is looking to be an exciting one with top athletes already registered including Jacob Hayes (60m and 400m), Matthew McLaughlin (200m and 600m), Anthony Cormier (200m), Victoria LeBlanc (300m and Long Jump), Luisa Schwarz (800m and 3000m), as well as 2013 Canada Games team members Alexander Williston (60m), Brandon LeBlanc (300m and 600m), Dan Brown (400m and 600m), Nick MacMackin (800m), Chris Robertson (60m hurdles and Shot Put), Veronica Coombes (wheelchair 60m, 200m and 800m) and Brandon Cleghorn (Long Jump and High Jump), and Aaron LeBlanc (Shot Put and Weight Throw), Livia Clarke (60m and 200m), Rachelle McDonald (60m and 300m), Bridget Brennan (300m and Long Jump), Sarah Myatt (1500m), Victoria Baba (Long Jump), and Zoe Berry (Weight Throw).
The men's 600m is set to be a feature race with many top athletes competing, including Dylan Hebert, Jean-Marc Doiron, Brandon LeBlanc, Alexandre Coholan, Dan Brown, Matthew McLaughlin, and Jason MacKenzie.
Registration Thursday night at 11:59pm.
The full meet package can be found here: http://www.trackie.com/online-registration/images/uploads/race_director_13/info_955_1.pdf?rand=1614000425
Dec 17 2013 - 2013 cross country High Performance Team
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to name its high performance team from the 2013 cross country season. Based on results from the Canadian XC Championships and the CIS XC Championships, three athletes have achieved exceptional performances that make them eligible for the ANB High Performance Program A Team - Geneviève Lalonde (Moncton), Barry Britt (Hampton) and Ryan Cassidy (Grande-Digue). These athletes are named to the HPP A Team through to December 2014, making them eligible for high performance training and competition support.
Ryan Cassidy placed fourth at the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships in Vancouver BC, while Barry Britt placed fifth. With these placings, the two have also qualified to represent Canada at the NACAC Cross Country Championships taking place in Trinidad, February 22 2014. Ryan, representing the University of Victoria at the CIS Cross Country Championships that took place in November in London ON, placed 6th overall, and in the process has also qualified to represent Canada at the FISU World University Cross Country Championships in Uganda in March. Geneviève Lalonde, representing the University of Guelph at the CIS XC Championships, also performed well placing eighth overall in the women’s race.
“New Brunswick has a strong tradition of cross country running, and ANB is very pleased to see this tradition continue with our current exceptional athletes who are representing us so well on the national and international stage,” said Steve LeBlanc, director of high performance for ANB. “We continue to be impressed by the ability of our athletes to rise to the occasion”, he added.
Dec 6 2013 - ANB names 2014 Podium Team
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce the 2014 list of Podium Program athletes. Marking its second year in existence the Podium Program’s goal is to identify and recognize the top Midget and Youth track and field athletes in the province as well as providing practice and competition opportunity
Sophie Black, Dieppe (ASEA)
Alexzandrya Caldwell, Saint John(SJTC)
Laura Dickinson, Miramichi (ASEA)
Dominique Steeves, Dieppe (ASEA)
Samantha Taylor, Canterbury (CYAN)
Chelsey Underhill , Noonan (FLTC)
Natasha Vatcher, Oromocto (MCNB)
Sebastien Boudreau, Petit Rocher (ACAN)
Cole Healey, Saint John (SJTC)
Joslain LeBlanc, Cocagne (ASEA)
Jonatan Lepage-Albert, Balmoral(ARAN)
Cameron Levesque, Drummond (UNA)
Kenneth Mcgovern, Saint John (SJTC)
Travis Steeves, Riverglade (ASEA)
Gavin Westbrook, Oromocto (MCNB)
Charly Bonga, Saint John (SJTC)
Laura Bonga, Saint John (SJTC)
Veronica Coombes , Shediac Cape(ASEA)
Emille Cormier, Bathurst (ACAN)
Sarah Doak, Miramichi (UNA)
Taylor Dunn, New Maryland (SJTC)
Chelsey Hall, Upper Kingsclear (FFFT)
Alexondra Kiely, Fredericton (FFFT)
Sara-Eve Noel, Allardville (ACA)
Audrey Lanteigne, Losier Settlement (APAC)
Victoria Leblanc, Saint John (SJTC)
Jessika Lepage, Atholville (ARAN)
Luisa Schwarz , Fredericton(FLTC)
Evynn Topolinsky, Rothesay (SJTC)
Alexander Amos, Scotch Settlement (FFFT)
Jermaine Andrade, Fredericton (FLTC)
Philippe Beaudin, Pigeon Hill (APAC)
Jacob Boudreau, Petit Rocher (ACAN)
Dallas Casey, Saint John (SJTC)
Olivier Charon, Moncton (ASEA)
Anthony Cormier, Saint John (SJTC)
Brady Graves, Saint John (SJTC)
Samuel Guitard, Petit Rocher (ACAN)
Adrian Kinney, Bristol (UNA)
Andrew LeBlanc, Fredericton (FFFT)
Sebastien LeBlanc, Dieppe (ASEA)
Nicholas Maclean, Moncton (ASEA)
John Marcoux, Hillsborough (UNA)
Jimmy Pineault, St Quentin (ARAN)
Frederic Savoie, Petit Rocher (ACAN)
Alex Smith, Saint John (SJTC)
Clint Steeves, Riverglade ASEA)
Podium Program Member Chelsey Hall had this to say about the program, “I am very proud to be considered one of New Brunswick’s top youth athletes in the province and I appreciate being recognized as part of the Podium Program.” Another member Victoria Leblanc added, “It is a privilege to be a part of the Podium Program and it has been an awesome experience! The Podium Program has made me feel special as it has allowed me to be recognized for my track achievements.”
"I appreciate the steps ANB has taken to not only recognize, but give opportunity to athletes from all parts of the province. This shows unity within the association to support clubs, help athletes and coaches succeed. It has produced great results for our province. I say with confidence that ANB is one of the best run organizations in the province, thank you to all those involved,” said Provincial coach Bruce Guitard.
Program coordinator and High Performance Coach for the province, Jason Reindl, said “New Brunswick continues to show that it has talented athletes and this program aims to keep our 14-17 year olds excited and active in the sport. We want our athletes to be proud of their achievements and recognized for their amazing results.”
Dec 5 2013 - NBIAA adds Special Olympic event to their track and field competition
Special Olympics NB and the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association are pround to announce that they have developed a new and exciting partnership to increase athletic opportunities for high school students with an intellectual disability. The NBIAA track & Field competitions will now include a 50m race and shot put competition for Special Olympics athletes.
All athletes must be identified and registered through Special Olympics New Brunswick prior to being registered with the NBIAA in order to participate in these two events. If you have athletes who may qualify for these events, please communicate with Mallory Driscoll with Special Olympics New Brunswick atmdriscoll@SpecialOlympics.ca.
Dec 2 2013 - Canadian Indoor National Championships
Please see the attached information regarding the 1st Canadian Indoor National Championships in March 2014. Athletes looking to compete at this event should make sure they understand the registration process.
Information availble here: http://www.anb.ca/page.php?content=ACindoor2014
If you require assistance please contact any of our staff.
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