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Sep 28 2017 - ADSP Teams named for 2017

Athletics New Brunswick is very pleased to announce the athletes who have been named to the Athlete Development and Support Program for 2017.  The ADSP teams are based on performances from the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons.  ANB wishes to congratulate these athletes on achieving these great performances and attaining the required standards.  The ADSP is divided into four tiers, each representing a step along the path to achieving national and international success.  The program encompasses athletes from Midget (U16), Youth (U18), Junior (U20), Espoir (U23) and Senior categories.  In total, 100 athletes have been named to the 4 teams this year.

“Even more athletes have reached these standards this year compared to last,” observed Steve LeBlanc, ANB’s Director of High Performance.  “We are very pleased to see athletes progressing through the system and working towards higher levels of success.  We have seen many great performances this past year at the national and international level,” he added.  “Our continued growth as a province can be seen in the number of athletes hitting these notable marks, and our presence on national teams and on national podiums.”

Executive Director of ANB, Gabriel LeBlanc, was also pleased to see the growth in the ADSP.  “This program is designed partly to recognize the success of our athletes, but also to help them to continue to train and compete at the highest levels.  This is our path to future success, and we are well on our way.”

The ADSP represents a $20,000 commitment from ANB towards its athletes.  Athletes will receive access to various training and competition opportunities organized by ANB.  Those in the Elite and High Performance teams will also receive direct financial support.

The ADSP Elite team is made up of 9 athletes: Grace Annear (Hampton), Jack Berkshire (Fredericton), Laura Dickinson (Miramichi), Shayne Dobson (Campbellton), Brady Graves (Saint John), Geneviève Lalonde (Moncton), Andrew LeBlanc (Fredericton), Nick MacMackin (Quispamsis), and Sarah MacPherson (Fredericton).  These athletes will each receive $2000 in direct funding support from ANB.

The ADSP High Performance team is made up of 13 athletes: James Brace (Intervale), Bridget Brennan (Beechwood), Michael Colford (New Maryland), Veronica Coombes (Shediac Cape), Jordan Henri (Moncton), Adrian Kinney (Bristol), Victoria LeBlanc (Saint John), Shelby MacIsaac (Riverview), Tyrell Marin (Dalhousie), Sarah Myatt (Fredericton), Véronique Omalosanga (Moncton), Craig Thorne (Quispamsis), and Alex Witmer (Moncton).  These athletes will each receive $250 in direct funding support from ANB.

There are 41 athletes named to the ADSP Performance team and 37 named to the ADSP Development team.  The complete list of athletes, along with more information on the ADSP can be found on the ANB website in the Programs section at: http://www.anb.ca/Programs/adsp.php


Sep 28 2017 - Université de Moncton to host 35th annual Cross-Country Classic on Saturday

On Saturday, September 30th the UdeM campus will be transformed into a race course for runners of all ages. The Université de Moncton Classique de Cross Country is one of the longest-running annual cross country meets in Canada. 

Registration is $5 per participant and can be done on site prior to the first race which starts at 9:30am. The first race will be the under 5 category and the races will progress through the age groups after that.

All athletes will receive participation ribbons and medals will be awarded in each event .

This is the event where many of New Brunswick's top athletes got started, including Olympians Joel Bourgeois and Genvieve Lalonde. This event is a wonderful opportunity for youth to give cross-country a try, and experience what it is like to compete in the sport.

The excitement all gets started at 9:30am on Saturday with the under 5 race (500m) ,  and we hope to see everyone there to watch this exciting event involving many of New Brunswick’s future cross-country and track and field stars.

 

Full information available here: http://anb.ca/Calendar/view-event.php?id=1395


Sep 18 2017 - Athlete Bio : Elizabeth MacDonald On Being A Veteran Competitor

Elizabeth MacDonald has been a pillar of New Brunswick’s track and field community. This summer, she once again represented New Brunswick at the World Francophone Games.

 

While she wants to keep her age a non-topic, Elizabeth’s athletics days began in 2002. At the time, she worked at a swimming pool, and her friend half-jokingly convinced her to try field events. “I think I might have known what javelin was,” she says. “Pretty sure I knew what shot was. I didn’t really have too many expectations for the sport. It felt very random.”

 

At the Legion Championships, the classic introduction to track, Elizabeth fell in love with the hammer throw. At a clinic, she watched a woman wind up and launch, and something about the movement, the fluid precision, resonated with her. Or, rather, the sight clicked her brain into gear. “I immediately thought, ‘that looks so cool!” she says. “I had to learn how to throw an implement just like that.” And, ever since her first few attempts of accelerating the hammer, her passion has never waned.

 

Throughout her Bachelors of Science, her PhD in Chemistry, and even her Diploma in Dental Hygiene, Elizabeth has now represented New Brunswick eight times. Those teams include the 2009 and 2013 Canada Summer Games, as well as the 2013 World Francophone Games, in Nice.

 

“After all this time, I still have fun launching this ball in the air and watching it fly. If I didn’t enjoy it, I definitely wouldn’t have kept going, with training and competing, for as long as I have. I love the challenge, the constant growth, and everything about this sport.”

 

“Throughout my career, I’ve kind learned that each competition, each games, will be a unique experience. So, despite having competed at this championship, there were new challenges and new positives, which impacted my performance.”

 

For instance, at the Abidjan competition venue the cement quality of the throwing circle was different than what she has been used to in North America. As well, this particular competitive format only allowed for a few warmup throws, whereas Atlantic Canadian competition allots for an open 45 minutes.

 

“The more you compete, the more time you spend in sport, the easier of a time you have in dealing with the changes that come up,” she says. “I am lucky to have spent the amount of time that I have in this sport, but I noticed a difference between even myself and the full-time athletes, such as those who competed on team Canada.”

 

“I used to get shaky, or tentative, when trying to throw,” she says. “When I was younger, especially around my first time competing at Canada Games, I’d always have these crazy emotions throughout competition. I would let something that bothered me, often things I couldn’t control, get into my head.”

 

“Eventually, I came to a realization. Yes, we all have stressors in our lives, but competition is our time away from that. It’s a chance to do what we love, and when you step into the circle, you let go everything else.”

 

Elizabeth laughs. “Since that realization, I never had an issue with performing. Challenges never go away; instead, growing in competition is about getting better at dealing with the challenges when the inevitably arise.” 

 

In Abidjan, Elizabeth demonstrated just that. “The first throw I knew wasn’t going to be good even in the opening spins. I could feel in the second turn that it wasn’t going correct, based on how it should feel when thrown properly. It wasn’t in a proper rhythm, but I competed the throw, and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”

 

“I could have shut down based on that less-than-optimal opening performance, and I could have let my mind jeopardize the rest of the competition. But that wasn’t why I was there. Instead, I focused on what was coming up next.”

 

During the first three rounds of throws, Elizabeth stayed calm, cool, and collected. Despite feeling off her rhythm, she qualified for the final, and, as the competition continued, her distances improved. “I'm pleased to say I threw a much better mark in my final throw of the competition. I finished 8th overall, which was one of my goals for Abidjan.”

 

“In terms of my own technique, this was the most difficult meet I had all season,” she says. “I felt great in the pre-comp the night before, and I felt ready on the day. My nervous system was firing on all cylinders, and I should have been ready to go. But, sometimes, things just don’t quite click on the day. Despite all the training, the mental tricks, and the experience, there is still something we can’t always control. It’s one of the mysteries of sport, and something that has kept me hooked.”

 

Overall, Elizabeth speaks highly of her experience on the Ivory Coast with Team NB.

 

“West African people were very passionate about sport and art competition,” she says. This passion showed at all the competition venues. Locaos were excited about the games and during the competition the locals could be seen, and even heard, cheering the loudest. And, my teammates were all positive and supportive, and we had just a ball.”

 

After the games, she speaks of the nuances of visiting Africa, and of being a senior member of the team. “I’m very grateful to have gone,” she says. To see the place, to know the people, and to watch that ball fly.


Sep 13 2017 - New Brunswick Youth Cross Country Series

Athletics New Brunswick is excited to announce the creation of the New Brunswick Youth Cross Country Series. This series is modeled after the indoor and outdoor Run Jump Throw Wheel Series but will focus solely on cross country events for elementary and middle school level athletes.

New Brunswick will play host to two championship events for the series, including Provincials and Atlantics.

Athletes can qualify for the Provincials by finishing in the top 10 at their school meet or another cross country meet in their area.  

A full listing of events can be found here: http://anb.ca/Calendar/index.php

The first qualifying event will take place this Saturday, September 16, at Odell Park in Fredericton. The UNB/STU Invitational will feature a Junior VRed race at 10:00am.

The following week will feature events in St. Stephen (Sept 18) Saint John (Sept 19th), and Dieppe (Sept 23).  Other communities currently hosting events include Campobello (Sept 25th), St. Stephen (Sept 25th), Hampton (Sept 27th), Moncton (Sept 30th).

October will have events in St. Stephen (Oct 1th), Saint John (Oct 4th), McAdam (Oct 4th), Cocagne (Oct 7th), 

After reaching Provincials, athletes will then compete in Fredericton for a chance to represent Team New Brunswick at the Atlantic Cross Country Championships on November 4th in Saint John by placing in the top 15.

Events for Provincials will include:

·         500m (Ages1-5)

·         1km (Ages 6-9)

·         1.5km (Ages 10-11)

·         2km (Ages 12-13)

Provincials will take place in Fredericton at Odell Park on October 15, 2017. Registration can be done by visiting www.anb.ca, checking the calendar and clicking “Youth XC Series Provincial Championships”.

Please note that the registration deadline is October 12, 2017.

Anyone interested in hosting a qualifying event may do so and ANB will provide support in the form of qualifying certificates, ribbons, medals, advertising and registration.

“We are really excited to be able to offer yet another opportunity for younger athletes to participate in cross country with the implementation of this series” said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick “The school cross country season is relatively short due to the weather in our province, but with these new competition events we hope to see more participation and excitement built around cross country events” added LeBlanc.

For more information please contact Alex Holder at alex.holder@anb.ca

2017-11-22 - New Brunswick athletes ready for National Cross Country Championships
2017-11-20 - 18th Annual Gagetown Meet & ANB Awards Gala
2017-11-05 - Atlantic Cross Country Championships Recap
2017-11-02 - Lalonde, Doucet, Dickinson, LeBlanc , Coombes, Church and Arseneault among Sport NB's Konica Minolta Sport Awards Finalist
2017-10-30 - Atlantic Athletics Summit

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