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Nov 29 2016 - Performance Practice Saturday December 3rd
The first performance practice of the 2016-2017 indoor season is fast approaching. The day features the same 3 formats as previous events: an open practice from 10:00-11:30am; clinics from 12:00-2:00pm; and a classroom session from 2:15-3:30pm.
Clinic Information (12:00-2:00pm)
1) High Jump with former CIS gold medalist Alex Witmer
2) Speed Session with two time Olympian Adrienne Power
3) Throwing Session with Dr. Earl Church
Classroom session (2:15-3:30pm in the 226 room at CEPS)
-Classroom Session with Adrienne Power, the presentation is titled: Athlete’s Guide to Willpower and Stress. Adrienne is a two time Olympian and coach with the Dalhousie Tigers.
For more details concerning the sessions: http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1315
Coaches: In attempt to maximize the time for our coaches those in attendance for the clinics and classroom section will receive NCCP professional development points. In order to make sure these get recorded for your please email Jason Reindl at email@example.com
Following this first practice, the second practice of 2016-2017 will be held on Saturday January 28th. Clinic and classroom information will be posted closer to the event.
Nov 28 2016 - Athletics New Brunswick names its 2016 Award Winners
Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce its 2016 award recipients. The ANB Awards Banquet Is held annually as a way to recognize the tremendous accomplishments and contributions of our athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers in athletics.
Male Bantam Athlete of the Year: Owen Enstrom (ASEA, Moncton)
Female Bantam Athlete of the Year: Shelby MacIsaac (ASEA, Moncton)
Midget Male Athlete of the Year: Craig Thorne (SJTC, Quispamsis)
Midget Female Athlete of the Year: Hannah Trites (MOT, Fredericton)
Youth Male Athlete of the Year: Ryan Evans (SJTC, Saint John)
Youth Female Athlete of the Year: Laura Dickinson (ASEA, Miramichi)
Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Andrew Leblanc (FFT, Fredericton)
Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Victoria LeBlanc (SJTC, Saint John)
Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Jonathan Gionet (FLTC, Bathurst)
Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Genevieve Lalonde (SRNB, Moncton)
Master Athlete of the Year: Andy Justason (FLTC, Fredericton)
Para Athlete of the Year: Shayne Dobson (ASEA, Campbellton)
ANB Team of the Year: Fredericton High School Senior Boys 4x400m Relay (Andrew Lablanc of Fredericton, Jack Berkshire of Fredericton, Micheal Colford of Fredericton, and Matthew Butler of Fredericton)
Coach of the Year: Jason Reindl of Saint John
Harold Nicholson Volunteer of the Year: Sharon Peabody of Saint John
Official of the Year: Richard Chadwick of Fredericton
Male U20 Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Brady Graves (SJTC, Saint John)
Female U20 Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Laura Dickinson (ASEA, Miramichi)
Male Open Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Matt McNeil (SJTC, Saint John)
Female Open Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year: Sarah Myatt of Fredericton
ANB also be awarding two special award categories
Female Outstanding Performer of the Year to Genevieve Lalonde
Male Outstanding Performer of the Year to Shayne Dobson
Nov 27 2016 - New Brunswickers Compete at Canadian Cross Country Championships
The Canadian Cross Country Championships took place this past Saturday in Kingston, Ontario under cool and calm conditions. These conditions combined with the fast course, resulted in fantasic finishing times.
- Laura Dickinson of Miramichi, competing for ASEA, finished 12th in the junior women's 6km race with a time of 21:37.4. This performance was especially incredible considering Laura is still a youth aged athlete, only becoming a junior athlete in 2017.
- Brady Graves of Saint John, competing for Saint John Track Club, finished 17th in the junior men's race with a time of 25:27.3.
- Matt McNeil of Saint John, competing for Saint John Track Club, finished 29th in the senior men's race with a time of 31:11.1.
Athletes who finished in the top 10 in the junior and senior races are eligible to be named to Team Canada to compete at the NACAC Cross Country Championships and the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the latter taking place in Kampala, Uganda on March 27th, 2017.
Ross Proudfoot of Team Ontario captured the senior men's title while Sasha Gollish, also of Team Ontario, won the senior women's title. Ehab El-Sandali of Toronto West Athletics captured the junior men's title while Hannah Bennison of Team BC won the junior women's title. Tyler Dozzi of Team BC captured the youth boy's title while Savanna Jordan of Team Alberta captured the youth girl's title. Remarkably, the top 3 men all broke 30 minutes for the 10km!
"Although a small group of New Brunswickers competed, these results are extraordinary and once again demonstrate New Brunswick's depth on the endurance scene," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "To have both Laura and Brady finish in the top 20, and Matt in the top 30 is absolutely outstanding."
Full Results can be found here: www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2016-canadian-cross-country-championships/4924/
For those not competing at the NACAC Cross Country Championships or the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, this has marked the end of the cross country season. Athletes will now look towards the indoor track season which has just begun in the province, following the conclusion of the Gagetown Invitational, which also took place this past Saturday.
Nov 26 2016 - Records Fall at 17th annual Gagetown Invitational
Saturday, November 26th marked the 17th installment of the Gagetown Invitational indoor track and field meet, held at the track on Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. It served as a season opening meet for many athletes, including the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University. There were many strong performances at this meet including several provincial records and many personal bests.
In the Bantam (12-13) age category Shelby MacIsaac had a big day, setting three provincial records and winning three events. Shelby set new provincial records in the 200m, running a time of 27.32 breaking a twenty-two year old record that was last broke by Stephany Reid in 1994. Shelby also set a new provincial record in the high jump event with a best jump of 1.57m. This is 4 cm higher than the previous high jump record, set in 2013. To cap off her phenomenal day Shelby won the 60m race with a time of 8.27 only 0.02 seconds off of the provincial record in that event.
Jordan Henri had a strong day as well in the Midget (14-15) category winning two events and setting two new provincial records along the way. In the 60m race Jordan ran a time of 7.33, one hundredth of a second further than the record set last season. In the 200m race Jordan gave himself a little bigger gap over the record, running a time of 23.26 a full six tenths of a second faster than the previous record set last year as well.
Ross Belyea set two masters records in the 70-74 age group as well, with a time of 9.42 in the 60m, and 32.81 in the 200m.
The throwing events were an exciting affair as well, with many university throwers showing good form early in the season. Jon Gionet had a very strong day, throwing 15.02m in the shot put, just 9cm off of his personal best. The weight throw saw three throwers go over 15m, with Jon Gionet coming in third with a best throw of 15.05m in his first ever weight throw competition with the 15.88kg implement, while Liam Turgeon threw a personal best of 15.19m, and David Kerr won, with a personal best of 15.69m, which was also a stadium record, a U23 provincial record and the furthest throw with a 15.88kg weight since the 1980s.
Full results can be found at http://anb.ca/Results/view-results.php?id=914
The next indoor track meet is on December 17th, at the CEPS in Moncton, for the Last Chance Meet. Keep tuned to ANB.CA for more information on this and other events.
Nov 24 2016 - New Brunswick athletes set for National Cross Country Championships
The 2016 Canadian Cross Country Championships are set for this Saturday, November 26th, in beautiful Kingston, Ontario. New Brunswick will be very well represented at this event by 4 talented athletes.
On the women’s side:
Laura Dickinson, from Miramichi (ASEA), will be competing in the Junior Women’s 6km race. Laura is coming off an incredible performance at Legion Nationals, where she captured gold in both the 3000m and the 2000m steeplechase. She has also set multiple new records on the road in the last year.
On the men’s side:
Brady Graves of Saint John (SJTC) will race the Junior Men’s 8km. Brady is coming off his first cross country season competing for the University of Guelph Gryphons. He also enjoyed a great summer track season, placing 8th in the 5000m and 9th in the 1500m at Junior Nationals in Edmonton.
In the senior race, New Brunswick will be represented by Matt McNeil of Saint John (SJTC) and Grant Handrigan of Moncton. Matt is coming off a 2nd place finish at the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon that was held in mid-October. His time of 1:08:45 ranks as one the best times ever run by a New Brunswick athlete. Grant is also having great year, having ran a personal best of 15:19 in the 5000m earlier this year in Quebec City.
Nov 16 2016 - U Sport Cross Country championships recap
This year’s U Sport (CIS) cross country championships were held in Québec City this past Saturday. New Brunswick was well represented by 8 athletes on the Plains of Abraham. The women raced a 6km course and the men raced a 10km course.
Sarah Myatt (Fredericton), running for Dalhousie University was the top New Brunswick finisher in the women’s race, placing 45th. She was also the second runner from the AUS conference to cross the finish line.
In the men’s race, Jérémie Pellerin, (Cocagne) representing the Université de Moncton was the highest placing New Brunswicker with his 61st place finish. He was also the 3rd AUS conference finisher.
These were the last U Sport (CIS) cross country championships for both Sarah and Jérémie as they are in their 5th year of eligibility. We wish them all the best going forward!
Other notable results in the women’s race:
Alicia Henry (Riverview), a 1st year rookie representing Acadia University, placed 95th in a time of 24:24.
From the Université de Moncton, Kamylle Frenette (Dieppe) placed 101st in a time of 24:30. She was closely followed by Carol-Anne McDonald (Irishtown) who placed 109th in a time of 24:42.
Other notable results in the men’s race:
-Angus McIntosh (Riverview), finished 64th in a time of 32:45. He was also the Dalhousie Tigers top finisher and 5th AUS runner to cross the finish line.
-From the Université de Moncton, Bryan Thomas (North Tétagoughe) placed 119th in a time of 34:20. He was closely followed by teammates, Nassim Bousmaha (Montréal) 129th in a time of 34:41 and Rémi Poitras (St-Basile) 132nd in a time of 34:50.
¨It is great to see Sarah and Jérémie have great performances in their last CIS cross-country championship. Also, there were great results from younger athletes in this deep field. Definitely keep an eye on them over the next few years.¨ said Gabriel Leblanc, technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick.
The full results can be found here:
Nov 10 2016 - USport Cross Country Championships this Saturday
The USport Cross Country Championships are set to take place this Saturday, November 12th on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City.
New Brunswick runners set to compete include:
From the Université de Moncton, Jérémie Pellerin (Cocagne ), Bryan Thomas (North Tetagouche,) , Rémi Poitras(St-Basile) , Nassim Bousmaha (Montreal) will run the men's 10km, while Carol-Ann MacDonald (Irishtown) , Kamylle Frenette (Dieppe), and Magalie Babineau (Dieppe) will run the women's 6km.
From Dalhousie University, Sarah Myatt (Fredericton) will run the women's 6km, while Angus MacIntosh (Riverview))will run the men's 10km.
"We are certainly very excited to see a fair number of our athletes qualify through to the USport Championships," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Technical Director of Athletics New Brunswick. "We are certain these athletes will represent our province greatly and wish best of luck to those competing."
Athletes qualified for the USport Championships by placing highly at their conference championships. Due to a huge geographical conference, CanWest athletes qualified through due to high national rankings, and the USport Championships will also serve as this conference's championships.
Notable to New Brunswickers is the last time the Canadian University Cross Country Championships were hosted in Quebec City, Moncton's Genvieve Lalonde, competing for Guelph, won the championships and led her team to victory.
Full entries for the USport Cross Country Championships ca be found here: www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Articles/u-sports-cross-country-championship-start-list/15684/
Nov 7 2016 - Annual ANB Awards Nominees Announced
Athletics New Brunswick is very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 ANB Awards. The winners will be presented at the ANB Awards Gala, to be held on November 26 at CFB Gagetown in Oromocto.
In addition to the athlete nominees, ANB will be recognizing the outstanding contributions to the sport of athletics by three individuals in the volunteer, coach and official categories. These well-earned awards will be presented to the following winners:
· Harold Nicholson Volunteer of the Year – Sharon Peabody of Saint John
· Coach of the Year – Jason Reindl of Saint John
· Official of the Year – Richard Chadwick Of Fredericton
- 2015 Female Open Cross Country Athlete of the Year : Sarah Myatt of Fredericton
The following is a list of the nominees/finalists for the 2016 ANB Awards:
Female Bantam Athlete of the Year
Shelby MacIssac (ASEA) of Riverview
Erin Vringer (SJTC) of Saint John
Male Bantam Athlete of the Year
Evan Cleveland (SJTC) of Saint John
Owen Enstrom (ASEA) of Upper Coverdale
Female Midget Athlete of the Year
Jillian Beck (SJTC) of Public Landing
MacKenzie Hall (FFT) of Upper Kingsclear
Emily Haynes-MacDonald (FFT) of New Maryland
Hannah Trites (MC) of Fredericton
Male Midget Athlete of the Year
Craig Thorne (SJTC) of Quispamsis
Mitchell Kean (FFT) of Fredericton
Jordan Henri (ASEA) of Moncton
Jérémie Cyr (ASEA) of Berry Mills
Female Youth Athlete of the Year
Marie-Pier Cloutier (SJTC) of Saint John
Robyn Davis (FFT) of Fredericton
Abigail Davidson (FLTC) of Beaver Dam
Laura Dickinson (ASEA) of Miramichi
Sophie Black (ASEA) of Dieppe
Véronique Omalasonga (ASEA) of Moncton
Samantha Taylor (FFT) of Canterbury
Male Youth Athlete of the Year
Ryan Evans (SJTC) of Saint John
Alexi Cedric Roy (ACA) of Beresford
Mickyle Welsh (ASEA) of Riverview
Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Victoria LeBlanc (SJTC) of Saint John
Sara Eve Noël (ACA) of Allardville
Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Jack Berkshire (FFT) of Fredericton
Brady Graves (SJTC) of Saint John
Braden Harrison (FLTC) of Fredericton
Andrew LeBlanc (FFT) of Fredericton
Sébastien LeBlanc (ASEA) of Dieppe
Clint Steeves (ASEA) of River Glade
Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Grace Annear (FFT) of Hampton
Geneviève Lalonde (SRNB) of Moncton
Sarah MacPherson (FFT) of Victoria BC
Male Senior Athlete of the Year
Barry Britt (SRNB) of Hampton
Jean-Marc Doiron (UNA) of Moncton
Jonathan Gionet (FLTC) of Bathurst
Nick MacMackin (SJTC) of Quispamsis
Matt McNeil (SJTC) of Saint John
Para Athlete of the Year
Shayne Dobson (ASEA) of Moncton
Jacob LeBlanc (una) of McQuade
Christel Robichaud (ASEA) of Moncton
Masters Athlete of the Year
Adrienne Cameron (SJTC) of Saint John
Paul Gautier (SJTC) of Rothesay
Robert Jackson (UNA) of Fredericton
Andy Justason (FLTC) of Fredericton
Bruce Rosvall (SJTC) of Rothesay
Female U20 Cross Country Athlete of the Year
Laura Dickinson (ASEA) of Miramichi
Jenna Keilty (FFT) of Fredericton
Male U20 Cross Country Athlete of the Year
Michael Colford (FFT) of New Maryland
Brady Graves (SJTC) of Saint John
Male Open Cross Country Athlete of the Year
Ryan Cassidy (UNA) of Grande-Digue
Matt McNeil (SJTC) of Saint John
Team of the Year
Fredericton High School Senior Boys 4x400m Relay
NB Espoir Team Men’s 4x400m Relay
ANB will also be awarding two special award categories, including Female Outstanding Performer of the Year and Male Outstanding Performer of the Year.
‘’These individuals are the leading ANB athletes and we are very proud of their accomplishments and how they represent themselves, their club and our Province” said Marc Lalonde, President of Athletics New Brunswick. “Our selection committee will not have an easy task in determining the winners among these most worthy finalists and we congratulate all of them for their nomination", added Lalonde.
Tickets for the Gala are $25 and must be purchased online at www.anb.ca/gala2016 on or before November 20th. Please note that tickets will not be available after this date and they are limited so please register soon to avoid disappointment.
Nov 6 2016 - A Look at Culture
A Look at Culture By. Jason Reindl
Culture is defined as the attitudes and behavior characteristics of a particular group. Within sport there are an endless number of unique cultures. A single athlete in the athletics community might be part of multiple distinct cultural groups in that their club team has a culture, their individual training group has a culture, their school team has a culture, and the provincial team has a unique culture. Each of these groups have distinct cultural characteristics and expected behaviors which are directed by leaders, which can include coaches, captains, teammates, and even previous individuals who left a cultural legacy.
As the coach/leader of a training group and multiple teams I ask myself what is the culture within my group and within the teams that I lead? What is the attitude in regards to training? What is the attitude in regards to competition? What are the expected behaviors associated with those two situations? Do they differ? While many answers to these questions can be found in my coaching philosophy I have found it beneficial to have the athletes explain how they view the culture of their group to see what they perceive and believe. Other questions can help identify cultural elements within the group. Do the athletes show up to practice on time? Do they understand and view failure as a good thing, which can lead to increased learning, growth, and positive change? Do the athletes see that the efforts that they put fourth day in and day out in training has a direct impact on their performance? Do they reflect, believe, and actively engage in the development process? When I have the opportunity to work with younger, developing athletes we make sure that the culture is centered on fun and learning. When I work with older athletes who have more performance focused goals we still have fun but the culture shifts towards personal responsibility in regards to goal achievement.
I believe that in my performance-training group we have a culture of excellence and this culture gets reaffirmed to them on a daily basis. While it is very difficult to explain the culture that exists within my group here are seven quick snapshots of the more tangible aspects within it:
1. The athlete drives the bus (Gordon, 2007).
2. There is always a choice.
3. Our choices can be positive or negative towards the pursuit of our goals.
4. Achievement of our goals does not come without sacrifice.
5. “Culture affects motivation, and motivation affects productivity and performance” (Gordon, 2010, p. 29).
6. Every individual within the group is important and each member is responsible for supporting each other.
7. Your training group is your family.
In the book Legacy by James Kerr (2007) he highlights fifteen lessons on leadership that contribute to the culture and sustained success of the New Zealand National Rugby program or as they are more commonly called the All Blacks. This book is a can’t miss and all coaches and leaders can benefit from its entertaining format.
Ultimately, the culture of the team and group starts with the coach and the leadership that they display. Is the message within the group/team consistent? Does it have a clear purpose that guides them and the decisions that they make? What are the behaviors that are praised? What are the behaviors that are frowned upon? If the culture of the group creates a situation where the athletes are happy, engaged, confident, motivated, and excited about each training opportunity there is a greater likelihood that they will take this same energy into competition. If the athletes head into competition happy, engaged, confident, motivated, and excited then they stand a greater chance of achieving their performance goals.
Coaches are encouraged to assess the culture within their groups and teams. Reflect on what appears to be the driving behaviors and attitudes that exist. Are these positive or negative and if negative how can they be shifted towards more beneficial characteristics. While every culture is unique it is important that the culture be conducive to the attainment of specific goals and desires that exists for the group/team.
Here are some suggested readings that could benefit you in the development of your group/team culture:
James, K. (2013). Legacy. London, GB: Constable
Gordon, J. (2007). The Energy Bus. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Gordon, J. (2008). The No Complaining Rule. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Gordon, J. (2009). Training Camp. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Gordon, J. (2010). Soup. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Gordon, J. (2015). The Hard Hat. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Gordon, J. & Smith, M. (2015). You Win in the Locker Room First. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
This article is the first of a monthly segment called Coaches Connect. Ideas for future topics and individuals who would like to contribute to the monthly segment are encouraged to contact Coaching Education Director Jason Reindl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 3 2016 - Renew your ANB membership! Win a special Prize!
Athletics New Brunswick membership is now open for the 2017 year! Don't forget to renew your membership!
Your 2016 ANB membership expires on December 31st! As you know, membership is required to participate in any of our Championship events, and to be eligible for rankings, records, teams, funding, awards, and many other great opportunities!
In addition, we will be drawing for 3 one of kind unique prizes if you renew your membership before December 15th, 2016.
A - Canadian Paralympic Jacket signed By Shayne Dobson
B - Signed Geneviève Lalonde Olympic Bib
C - Signed Shayne Dobson Paralympic Bib
Nov 2 2016 - Lalonde, Dobson , Dickinson and Reindl among Sport NB's Konica Minolta Sport Awards Finalist
Sport New Brunswick announced yesterday the names of the finalists for the annual Konica Minolta Sport Awards, and once again Athletics New Brunswick members are very well represented! In fact, Athletics along with Judo are tied for the most nominations of any sport in New Brunswick with4!
In the Comfort Inn Female Athlete of the Year category, distance runner Geneviève Lalonde (Moncton) is one of the finalists following her Olympic season in the 3000m Steeplechase.
ANB is represented by Shayne Dobson of Campeblton Comfort Inn Male Athlete of the Year award . Shayne finished 5th in the Rio Paralympics Games in the T37 1500m.
Following her double gold performance at the Legion National Championship Laura Dickinson of Miramichi is nominated for Female President’s award.
Jason Reindl of Saint John is one of the finalists for the Boston Pizza Male Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to all finalists!
For Full List of Nominees please go to: http://sportnb.com/en/item/42-2016-konica-minolta-sport-awards
“Every year, the selection committee has a difficult job in narrowing the field of nominees to our finalists; there are a number of deserving nominations each year,” said Darcy McKillop, Chief Executive Officer of Sport NB. “Among our finalists we have athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers who have been involved at all levels of sport, from grassroots to international competitions.” The Konica Minolta Sport Awards recognize the accomplishments of New Brunswick’s top athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year. “Over the past year, each of these finalists has done New Brunswick very proud,” said McKillop. “These are the types of people who inspire others to be great, and help see the value in sport participation. New Brunswickers can be very proud of these individuals.”
Nominations were submitted by the Provincial Sport Organizations. Finalists were selected based on their achievements from September 15th 2015 to September 15th 2016. This year’s awards dinner and ceremony will be held at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in Fredericton on November 26th. Tickets are available through Sport NB .
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