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Mar 30 2014 - Atlantic Indoor Championships Recap
The Atlantic Championships took place in Moncton on Saturday, the 29th. This was the last indoor meet of the season, with over 200 athletes competing, the Atlantic Championships once again proved to be one of the best competitions in Atlantic Canada, with 11 New Brunswick records being set.
On the women's side:
- Sophie Black of Dieppe, competing for ASEA, broke the midget girl's pentathlon with a score of 2545.
- Elizabeth MacDonald of Fredericton, competing for Fredericton Legion Track Club, broke the senior women's weight throw record with a throw of 16.48m.
- Sonya Fury of Aulac, competing for ASEA, broke the women's 40-45 5000m record in a time of 22:37.17.
- Heather Griffiths of Moncton, competing for ASEA, broke the women's 35-40 5000m record with a time of 22:01.54.
- Kellianne Richardson of Fredericton, competing for Fredericton Legion Track Club, broke the women's F36 shot put record with a throw of 4.22m.
On the men's side:
- Scott McHugh of Fredericton, competing for Fredericton Legion Track Club, broke the men's 35-40 weight throw record with a throw of 12.55m
- Lloyd Hodgin of Quispamsis, competing for Saint John Track Club, broke the men's 70-75 60m record with a time of 10.57.
- Paul Thibideau of Moncton, competing for ASEA, broke the men's 50-55 5000m record with a time of 19:20.63.
- Andrew Justason of Fredericton, competing for Fredericton Legion Track Club, broke the men's 40-45 60m hurdles record with a time of 9.92, breaking the former record by just 0.01.
-Joe Hall of Prince Williams, competing for Fredericton Legion Track Club, set a new men's 40-45 shot put record with a throw of 14.56m.
- James Brace of Interval, competing for ASEA, broke the men's F57 shot put with a throw of 8.10m.
The team title went to ASEA with a massive total of 701.7 points, with Pictou Country Athletics taking second with 307.2 points, and Saint John Track Club taking third with 256.5 points.
"This was a great championships, our athletes really steped up their game’ said Gabriel LeBlanc ‘’We are looking forward for an ther great outdoor season," added LeBlanc.
Full Results to the competition can be found here: http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=699
The next meet in the province will begin the outdoor season, and is the ASEA Spring Meet, set for May 10th.
Mar 27 2014 - ANB mourns the loss of Edmund Skiffington Jr
Born: November 3rd, 1921
Passed on: March 24th, 2014
It is with great sadness that Athletics New Brunswick mourns the passing of Ed 'Skiff' Skiffington one of it’s great sport ambassador.
Ed was involved in the Royal Canadian Legion's summer track and field program for 15 years, he was the head coach of the NB team at the first Canada Summer Games in Halifax in 1969 , and was an official at two other Canada Games. He is also one of avery few who was a lifetime member of Athletics New Brunswick
As a result of Ed's many contributions to sports, he was inducted into the NB Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Other accolades include the John Meagher and Paul Harris Awards, and his name is on the Canadian Track & Field Officials Wall of Fame and the City of Moncton Wall of Honour. Ed described his success to being in "the right place at the right time" and was humbled by the honours that he received.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton (506) 852-3530. Visitation will take place on Friday, March 28th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The service of celebration of Ed's life will take place at Fair Haven Funeral Home on Saturday, March 29th, at 2:00 pm. Following the interment of the remains in the Serenity Nitch, a reception will follow in the Garden View Reception Room of Fair Haven Funeral Home, where memories will be shared with the family and friends. For those who wish, a donation to KidSport Canada - New Brunswick Division or to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family. Personal condolences may be made at www.fairhavenmemorial.ca
More details available here: http://www.inmemoriam.ca/view-announcement-417975-edmund-skiffington-jr.html#.UzNCqm53X0w.facebook
Mar 26 2014 - Atlantic Indoor Championships set for this weekend
Moncton will play host to the 2014 Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships this Saturday (March 29th). Over 200 athletes are expected to compete coming from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Some of most anticipated events include:
-The girl’s 2000m that will feature Laura Dickinson (ASEA) of Miramichi who currently holds the New Brunswick record in this event. Dickinson is also set to compete in the 800m and 1200m as well, the latter of which she also holds the provincial record in.
-The men’s weight throw should also be entertaining with some of the best throwers in Atlantic Canada, including multiple time national medalist Matthew Doherty of Antigonish.
-The men’s long jump will feature Pierre Landry (ASEA) of Saint-Louis-de-Kent. Landry is the New Brunswick record holder in the event and is the province’s only jumper to have jumped over 7 meters indoors.
-Elizabeth MacDonald (FLTC) of Oromocto will compete in the women’s weight throw and shot put. MacDonald is New Brunswick’s all time best weight and hammer thrower, holding multiple provincial records.
-Stephanie Doiron (ASEA) of Colette will be competing in the women’s high jump. The University of Moncton student recently finished 6th at the CIS Championships where she broke her school’s record with a jump of 1.73m.
“The Atlantic Championships is always a great event and brings our best athletes for our final meet of the indoor season,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. “We should see a few provincial records fall and a very close battle for the team banner.”
Last year’s team champions were Moncton based Athletics South East/Athlétisme Sud Est. They will be challenged by Pictou Athletics, Fredericton Legion Track Club, Saint John Track Club, Halifast Athletics, and several others.
Admission is free and the completion starts at 10am and should be finished by 4:30pm.
Full entry list is available here: http://www.trackie.com/online-registration/entries.php?event_viewing_id=999999&id=991
Mar 19 2014 - Athletics New Brunswick hosting Level 1 Officials Clinic
With national and international Track and field Championships, including the 2014 National Championships being held in New Brunswick in the next few years, Athletics New Brunswick will be holding an introduction workshop for anyone interested in becoming a track and field official. This workshop will take place at CEPS of l’Université de Moncton (room 250) from 6 to 8pm on Friday March 28th . Participants will also have the opportunity to gain credits and experience the following day during the 2014 Indoor Atlantic Championships.
Mar 18 2014 - Coach applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Legion Championships
The 2014 National Legion Youth Championships will be taking place in Langley, BC from August 15-19 2014 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
If you are interested or know others who might be, we encourage you to submit your application by April 15 2014 to email@example.com
Should you have any questions with regards to the position please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 17 2014 - ANB Coach Mentorship Program
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce that the following coaches have been chosen to take part in the coaching mentorship pilot project.
Jennifer Butler, currently coaching with Chaleur Athletics based in Bathurst.
Kathleen Kiely, currently coaching with the Fast Tracks club based in Fredericton.
Wendy Randell, currently coaching with South East Athletics based in Moncton.
“All three of these coaches have been heavily involved in athletics in New Brunswick over the years and while they are all very established in their communities and having been a part of multiple teams and programs they are also all aware that coaching education is on going,”said High Performance Coach Jason Reindl.
The coaches selected will be directed through formal learning and self-reflection programs, more open discussion with the mentor coach (Reindl), having Reindl take part in their local practice sessions, and joining Reindl in Saint John later in the summer for some directed learning as well as coaching with other provincial athletes.
“Coaches progress, learn, and become better through a variety of experiences and opportunities. Our first goal is to enhance the skills of these coaches which will have positive impact on the athletes and communities that they work with. Our second goal at Athletics New Brunswick that this experience is a positive one that can become a model for future programs,”added Reindl.
For more information please contact Jason Reindl, email@example.com(506) 343-2149
Mar 16 2014 - Great Results for New Brunswick at Nationals Indoors
Montreal –New Brunswick athletes had a very successful National Indoor Championships this past weekend. The 14 athletes from New Brunswick were able to capture an astounding 9 medals.
- Pierre Dumouchel (SJTC) of Quispamsis stood at top of the podium twice first winning the junior 1500m in 4:08.28 on Friday. On Saturday the 18 year old runner won the junior 800m in 2:01.45.
-Liam Turgeon (ARA) of Tide Head finished 1st in the junior boy’s shot put with a throw of 13.83m.
-Jason Bouchard (FLTC) of Oromocto won the open men’s 200m breaking his own Brunswick record time of 22.17 he also finished 4th in the 400m in a time of 50.06.
- Andrew LeBlanc (FFT) of Fredericton is finished 4th in the youth 800m with a time of 2:02.3.
- Brady Graves (SJTC) of Saint John finished 9th in the youth 1500m with a new personal best time of 4:22.32. and was 7th in the youth 3000m in a time of 9:22.55.
- Sebastien LeBlanc (ASEA) of Dieppe finished 7th in the youth 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.59
- Clint Steeves (ASEA) of Riverglade finished 9th in the youth triple jump in a new personal best of 12m00 he was also able to finished 7th in the Long jump with a jump of 5m89 .
On the women's side:
- Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John (SJTC) won the bronze medal in the youth long jump with a 5m36 performance. She also finished 10th in the 200m with a time of 27.30.
- Alexa-Maude Mallais of Moncton (ASEA) captured a pair of medal first she finished 2nd in the 60m in a time of 7.93 and a gold in the 200m in a time of 26.67.
- Monika LeBlanc of Dieppe (ASEA) also captured 2 medals winning bronze in both the junior long jump (4m74) and junior triple jump (9m65)
-Luisa Schwarz (FLTC) of Fredericton finished 5th in the youth 1500m breaking both the youth and junior record with a time of 4:39.59 , she also finished 5th in the 3000m in a time of 10:03.23
- Taylor Dunn of Fredericton (SJTC) finished 7th in the youth 800m in 2:26.35 she also finished 13th in the 1500m in a time of 5:02.89.
- Laura Dickinson of Miramichi (ASEA) broke the midget girls 3000m New Brunswick record by finishing 7th in the youth girl’s race in 10:26.68 she also finished 10th in the 1500m in a time of 4:54.29.
‘’To have so many personal bests, provincial records and medals shows that New Brunswick can compete against the bigger provinces. I believe this will inspire some of our younger athletes.’’ said Gabriel LeBlanc technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick.
Mar 13 2014 - New Brunswick set for Canadian Indoor Championship
15 New Brunswick Athletes will be traveling to Montreal to take part in the 2014 AC Indoor Open will take place in Montreal, Que., March 14 – 16 at the newly renovated Centre Claude-Robillard.
The event serves as a Canadian Championship for youth and junior athletes and will feature a number of Olympians and World Championship national team members in invitational events.
‘’ Our province will be very well represented at these championships ‘noted Gabriel LeBlanc Technical director for Athletics New Brunswick. ‘’ We should see a few athletes reach to podium but the main goal of this competition is for our athletes to gain experience competing against the very best in Canada.
On the men's side
-Jason Bouchard (FLTC) of Oromocto will be competing in the 200m and 400m. The New Brusnwick record holder in both events is ranked 4th coming in the competition and could be a serious contender.
- Andrew LeBlanc (FFT) of Fredericton is set to compete in the youth 800m, coming into the event ranked 2nd after running a new personal best time 2 weeks ago in Maine .
- Pierre Dumouchel (SJTC) of Quispamsis is set to compete in the junior 800m and 1500m, ranked 2nd and 4th respectively.
- Anthony Cormier (SJTC) of Saint John is set to compete in the youth 400m and triple jump, coming into the events ranked 9th and 6th respectively.
- Brady Graves (SJTC) of Saint John is set to compete in the youth 1500m and 3000m, ranked 12th and 9th respectively.
- Sebastien LeBlanc (ASEA) of Dieppe is set to compete in the youth 60m hurdles, coming into the event ranked 8th.
- Clint Steeves (ASEA) of Riverglade is set to compete in the youth long jump and triple jump, coming into the events ranked 6th and 11th respectively.
- Julien Legere (CEK) of Richibucto-Village is set to compete in the junior long jump, coming into the event ranked 3rd.
-Liam Turgeon (ARA) of Tide Head will compete in teh Junior Shot put where he is ranked 1st.
On the women's side:
-Last year National Legion gold medalist Luisa Schwarz (FLTC) of Fredericton is set to compete in the youth 1500m and 3000m. She is ranked 1st in the 1500m and 2nd in the 3000m, though is only 0.13 of a second behind the gold medal position.
- Victoria LeBlanc of Saint John (SJTC) will compete in the youth 200m and long jump. LeBlanc comes into the long jump ranked 3rd.
- Taylor Dunn of Fredericton (FLTC) will compete in the youth 800m and 1500m, coming into the events ranked 5th and 8th respectively.
- Alexa-Maude Mallais of Moncton (ASEA) is set to compete in the open 60m and 200m, coming into the events ranked 1st and 5th respectively. If Mallais finishes in the top 4 in the 60m she will be invited to compete in the invitational 60m that features the 4 Canadian sprinters that competed at last year’s world championships
- Laura Dickinson of Miramichi (ASEA) will compete in the youth 1500m and 3000m, coming into the events ranked 12th and 5th respectively.
- Monika LeBlanc of Dieppe (ASEA) will compete in the junior long jump and triple jump, coming into the events ranked 4th in both.
The full registration list can be found here: http://www.trackie.com/online-registration/entries.php?event_viewing_id=999999&id=997
The schedule can be found here: http://www.indoors.athletics.ca/ckfinder/userfiles/files/IndoorOpenScheduleENG-Mar12.pdf
Live Results will be available here: http://liveresults.athletics.ca/Live_Results/2014/Indoor_Championships/
Mar 12 2014 - Embracor Medical Ltd sponsers Veronica Coombes
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce the support of Embracor Medical Ltd to emerging wheelchair racer, Veronica Coombes.
Coombes a 15 year old from Shediac Cape was born with spina bifida. At the 2013 Canada Games, she became New Brunswick's most decorated female athlete at the games capturing 3 silvers in wheelchair racing.
Embracor Medical Ltd will be sending Veronica and long-time Coach Gabriel LeBlanc to Cambridgeshire, England to have a racing wheelchair custom built by Draft Wheelchair, the world leading company in racing wheelchairs. Not only is Embracor Medical covering the flight for the duo but will also be purchasing the $8000 racing chair.
"We simply cannot thank Embracor Medical and our other supporters enough for their generosity," says LeBlanc. "Draft wheelchairs are used by some of the best athletes around the world, including quadruple 2012 Paralympic gold medalist David Weir and fastest ever marathoner, Canadian Josh Cassidy. With this support, Veronica's dreams are even closer than ever before."
Embracor Medical first heard about Veronica’s situation last fall through local media coverage after she won multiple medals at the Canada games in a used wheelchair with borrowed wheels. "We are very pleased to support such an amazing young talented local athlete in her Paralympic dreams," said Hans Kristensen, CEO of Embracor Ltd. "Veronica has already showed her talents across the country, and we are hoping this support will be a step towards showing them across the world, she is a World Class competitor on her way to being a Para-Olympian Medalist and deserves World Class equipment”
According to Coombs, "This is a dream come true. I’ve have never had my own racing chair so I can’t wait to see how fast I can go in a chair that was built just for me! The support has been amazing and I just want to show my gratitude and achieve my goals in representing my region and my country."
Several other companies, individuals and foundations have also offered support to Veronica, over the past few months including the Greater Moncton International Airport, the Maurice Léger Foundation, the Shediac CO-OP, and many others. These donations will help fund Veronica's competition schedule in the 2014 season, allowing her to compete at much larger and faster events. Including a series of races in Switzerland in May. She will also be competing in the National Championships in late June on her home track at the Moncton 2010 Stadium. She is also trying to qualify to compete at the IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, England in August, she currently ranks among the top 10 juniors in the world.
Mar 9 2014 - NB Athletes shine at CIS Championships
A total of 12 New Brunswick athletes competed at the 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Edmonton, Alberta.
New Brunswick's top performer was undoubtedly Grace Annear of Hampton who competes for the University of Victoria. The 3rd year creative writing student was able to finish 2nd in the 600m in a New Brunswick record time of 1:29.18, less than a second behind her teammate Rachel Francois who took gold in 1:28.40. Annear was also part of UVic’s winning 4x800m who successfully defend their CIS title for the second consecutive year. Clocking in at a new personal best time of 8:42.39 , the women narrowly missed the 1988 CIS Record (8:41.66). Finally, she was also took part in the 4x400m, taking silver in a new school record of 3:46.46.
Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton, competing for the Univeristy of Guelph, helped her school’s 4x800m team win a bronze medal in a time of 8:54.47, thus helping the Guelph Gryphons claim their second national women's team title in program history.
Stephanie Doiron of Colette, representing l’Université de Moncton, finished 6th in the high jump with a jump of 1.73, which is not only a new personal best, but also a UdeM record. Her teammate Naomie Maltais of Val d’Amour finished 13th in weight throw with a throw of 13m19.
University of New Brunswick's Kyle Lefort, originally from Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, finished 10th in the men’s pentathlon with a score 3017 points. This score broke his previous best and school record of 2999 points. He also broke his own 60m hurdle school record with a time of 9.22s, previously 9.25s.
UNB’s 4x200m team, comprised of Jeff Retallick (Fredericton), Dan Brown (Saint John), Alexander Williston (Bay du Vin), and Brandon Cleghorn (Salisbury), finished 12th in 1:34.05s, a new UNB record.
Chris Robertson of Moncton, competing for the University of Western Ontario, finished 11th in the pentathlon with a score of 2742.
David Kerr of Fredericton, representing Dalhousie University, finished 13th in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 13.71, while his teammate Matt McNeil of Saint John finished 13th in men’s 3000m in 8:46.19.
Also to be noted that New Brunswick native Colin Inglis was honoured with the Bob Boucher Award as men’s coach of the year at a banquet following the championship. Inglis, originally from Miramichi, has been the head coach of York University for the past 15 years and was a standout athlete for New Brunswick, including a gold medal for the province in the 400m hurdles at the 1989 Canada Games, and several provincial records that still stand.
The York University Lions won their first CIS men’s track and field title in 30 years, while the Guelph University Gryphons claimed their first women’s banner since the 2008 season.
''These results are a good example of the progress we are seeing in New Brunswick athletics. '' said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick . ''I hope the athletes are proud of themselves and their performances. '' he added.
Full results available here: http://www.ellistrack.ca/CIS/LiveResults/
Mar 7 2014 - Pilot Project - Coaching Mentorship
For the nextvdfFor the next 6 months a pilot program involving coaching mentorship is going to take place. The project will centre around, but not exclusively for, coaches who are actively coaching in the Midget and Youth age groups and the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages of Athletics Canada LTAD Plan. The program will begin on March 20th and go until August 15th.High Performance coach Jason Reindl will be leading this project. Jason has experience coaching all event disciplines. He is Performance Coach Certified in Sprints & Hurdles and Endurance as well as being Performance Coach Trained in the Jumps.For the next 6 months a pilot program involving coaching mentorship is going to take place. The project will centre around, but not exclusively for, coaches who are actively coaching in the Midget and Youth age groups and the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages of Athletics Canada LTAD Plan. The program will begin on March 20th and go until August 15th.
For the next 6 months a pilot program involving coaching mentorship is going to take place. The project will centre around, but not exclusively for, coaches who are actively coaching in the Midget and Youth age groups and the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages of Athletics Canada LTAD Plan. The program will begin on March 20th and go until August 15th.
High Performance coach Jason Reindl will be leading this project. Jason has experience coaching all event disciplines. He is Performance Coach Certified in Sprints & Hurdles and Endurance as well as being Performance Coach Trained in the Jumps.
A maximum of 3 coaches from the province will be selected for this opportunity. If interested, coaches are asked to send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a short letter of interest answering the following:
• What is their coaching background? (levels attained, # of years coached, etc)
• Why they wish to take part in the project?
• What their specific goals as a coach are?
• How they are hoping it will help them become a better coach?
• What are the anticipated benefits to the athletes that they are working with?
The deadline for Application is March 15th, 2014 @ 12:00pm (noon) with coaches being informed no later than the 18th of March and beginning the project around the 25th of March.
Coaches selected must be prepared to communicate via email and phone call several times per month. All communication will be in English. They will also be asked to take part in a coaching camp/clinic in the summer in Saint John (dates will be worked out with those selected). Coaches will be responsible for travel to SJ and meals, however accommodations will be provided. At the end of the program an evaluation will be conducted on all aspects of the program.
Schedule of Topics (Dates are approximate - will be confirmed with coaches).
March - Coaching Philosophy & Coaching Situation
April - Training and Planning
May - Event Analysis
June - Role of Competition
July - Final Phase Preparations
August - Review of 2014 outdoor season and Plans for 2015
*Subjects may change slightly from the draft schedule.
Coaches who take part in this project will be recognized via the ANB website and will be promoted accordingly as having been part of the first Athletics New Brunswick Coaching Mentorship Program.
Mar 4 2014 - CIS Championships set for this weekend
The CIS Track and Field Championships are set for this weekend in Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday. 8 New Brunswickers are set to compete at the event, including:
Genevieve Lalonde, competing for University of Guelph, will compete in the 4x400m relay on Saturday at 4:00pm (7:00pm AST). Her team comes into the relay ranked 8th.
Grace Annear, competing for University of Victoria, will compete in the 600m on Thursday at 7:30pm (10:30pm AST), as well as the 4x800m relay on Friday at 8:00pm (11:00pm AST). Grace is comes into the 600m race ranked third, ahead of the fourth ranked athlete by over a second and a half, as well as ranked 3rd as a part of her 4x800m team, ahead of the next school by over 6 seconds.
Stephanie Doiron, competing for Universite de Moncton, will compete in the women's high jump on Saturday at 2:30pm (5:30pm AST). Doiron comes into the event ranked 8th.
Teammate Naomie Maltais will compete in the women's weight throw on Thursday, at 2:30pm (5:30pm AST). Naomie comes into the event ranked 13th after winning the AUS Championships last weekend.
Chris Robertson, competing for Western University, will compete in the pentathlon. Chris has had an amazing season thus far, breaking the provincial record in the 60m hurdles three times already, as well as his provincial record in the pentathlon. He comes into the event ranked 7th, though is only 90 points behind the bronze medal position in a close competition.
David Kerr, competing for Dalhousie University, will compete in the weight throw on Friday at 7:00pm (10:00 AST). Kerr comes in ranked 13th after winning the AUS Championships last weekend.
Matt McNeil, competing for Dalhousie University, is set to compete in the 3000m on Friday at 6:50pm (9:50pm AST). McNeil comes into the event ranked 14th after winning the AUS Championships last weekend.
Kyle Lefort, competing for University of New Brunswick, will compete in the pentathlon as well, currently ranked 12th.
University of New Brunswick will also have a men's 4x200m relay team entered, comprised of Brandon Cleghorn, Jeff Retallick, Daniel Brown, and Alexander Williston, coming into the event ranked 13th. The event will start at 8:20pm (11:20pm AST) on Thursday.
The live stream for the event can be found here: http://www.cis-sic.tv/
Final Performance Lists can be found here: http://www.trackie.com/shared/admin/js/elfinder/files/Trackie.ca/Documents/2014-cis-entry-list_FINAL.pdf
Live Results will be found here: http://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2014-cis-track-and-field-championships/2630/
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