Can you take an hour to celebrate with us on Saturday?


The Ontario Government's Trillium Foundation

This coming Saturday, at 11am, we’ll be doing some concentrated celebrating at the Club for an hour or so.

Join us in celebrationThe Honourable Jim Bradley, MPP, with Mayor McMullan of St. Catharines, and a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (the Government of Ontario’s OTF) evaluation committee, Mr. Harvie Hagerty, will be joining us for a formal announcement that will help us to radically revamp our great facility later this year.

Please come and join us (we’re even providing coffee and some sweet treats!); invite your family and friends. It’s your opportunity to say thank you to the OTF, and the City for their financial and in-kind support for our athletes, and indeed young athletes from right across the Region, who use our unique facility every year at about this time and through to the summer.

We hope that you can come out and join us in celebration.

NOC’s Spring Fling Pub Night – May 9.


Now, here’s an event you won’t want to miss!

For those of you that don’t believe that Spring will actually appear this year, we offer a night of glorious illusion!

For those who’s faith in the seasons is only marginally dented, perhaps this will be a relief…

Either way, our challenge is to encourage as many people as possible to come out for a great evening, knowing that the proceeds will be used to replenish our Facility capital improvement program fund. This year we’ll be making major improvements at our Club (formal announcements on April 12th after Spring Cleanup).

Tickets are available NOW, from all Club athletes. Please buy tickets early and often so that we can cater accordingly. THANK YOU!

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Huge Thanks to all of you who helped with Spring clean-up at the club on April 12th


Work work work at Niagara Olympic ClubIt was a beautiful day, ideal for spring cleaning. With the sun shining so brightly, the results were immediately visible, which seemed to feed everyone’s enthusiasm for working harder to get it all done. The results are superb.

It all bodes well for the season.

THANK YOU!

The Gold Standard / La ruée vers l’ors


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The Gold Standard April 2014
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Nicole Sifuentes wins her first World Championship medal
Nicole Sifuentes won her first major championship medal, bronze at the 2014 530.jpg IAAF World Indoor Championship in the 1500-metres. Along with that came a new Canadian indoor record bettering Carmen Douma-Hussar’s 10 year-old mark of 4:08.18. Nicole’s time of 4:07.61 is the #1 mark in Canada in 2014 and puts her #11 in the World.

Athletics Canada (AC) – Can you take us through the final race, how were you feeling as the race unfolded?

Nicole Sifuentes (NS) – I remember setting the pace early on because I wanted a shot at the Canadian record. When Aregawi went to the lead I did not try to go with her but aimed to keep my pace steady. The middle of the race is a blur but I remember seeing my split at 1k and knew I was still on pace for the Canadian record. Focusing on that helped me get through the next lap and then suddenly the race was finishing! I tried to move around people and sprint as fast as possible. I was not in medal contention until the last second of the race. When I realized I was getting near to 3rd place I lunged at the line and ultimately ended up with bronze by 0.01 of a second.

AC – What was going through your mind as you waited to see if you were the bronze medallist?

NS – I was happy. I had already set a Canadian record and run the race I envisioned for myself. I was totally satisfied with my performance and the outcome, so I wasn’t anxious. Of course, the prospect of bringing home a medal was very exciting! I didn’t know what happened in the race, so I prayed that the officials would make a fair decision, and I was hopeful that it would be in my favour.

AC – How did you celebrate the medal?

NS – My husband and I went out in Gdansk that evening for dessert. I am always on sweets lock-down leading up to the end of a season so that’s all I wanted :) The celebration was perfect because my husband was with me!

AC – After your bronze medal performance you were quoted: "When I was a little girl watching these meets I was always watching for a Canadian woman just to be on the start line. To be a Canadian woman on the podium is really special." What advice can you now give to younger athletes?

NS – That’s a hard question to answer. I am 27 years old – so many things have come together over the years! Based on my own experience, I would encourage young athletes to enjoy sport as much as possible. Doing too much too soon can be overwhelming, stressful and tiring. Enjoy what you do, and every year have goals to work harder and improve on the previous year. I still love running but some days it takes all my willpower to get out the door for my run. I am totally dedicated now, but I built up to it over 15 years (I started running when I was 12 years old). To sum it up: be patient and persistent!

AC – What are your goals going into the outdoor season?

NS – At the Commonwealth Games, improve on my 5th place finish from 2009 and get on the podium. Set a new PB in the 800m and the 1500m.

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is the BioSteel Athlete of the Month and will be featured throughout April on www.athletics.ca.

6 Canadian Records in March
Canadian Record Event Previous Mark
Bolade Ajomale, 6.62 Indoor Junior Men’s 60m Sebastien Caron, 6.63
(1999)
Shawnacy Barber, 5.75m
(5.66m in February as well)
Indoor Men’s Pole Vault Douglas Wood, 5.65m
(1992)
Nathan Brannen, 2:16.87 Indoor Men’s 1000m Simon Hoogewerf, 2:19.04
(1989)
Jay Ort, 4:17.62 Indoor Youth Boy’s Mile Charles Cooper, 4:20.36 (2013)
Lanni Marchant, 1:10:47 Women’s Half Marathon Tara Quinn-Smith, 1:12:09
(2009)
Brianne Theisen-Eaton, 4768 Indoor Pentathlon Brianne Theisen-Eaton, 4555
(2012)
2015-2016 Canadian Championship Series
Canadian Championship Location Host Organizers Date
Half Marathon Championship Calgary, AB Calgary Marathon Society June
Junior / Senior Track and Field Championship Edmonton, AB Edmonton 2015 PAJAC July
5km Championship Toronto, ON B&O Yorkville Run September
Marathon Championship Toronto, ON Canada Running Series October
10km Championship Not yet announced
Cross Country Championship Not yet announced
Youth Track and Field Championship Not yet announced
IAAF World Indoor Championship Recap

SILVER – Brianne Theisen-Eaton – Pentathlon

Bronze – Nicole Sifuentes – 1500m

7 – Damian Warner – Heptathlon

8 – Cameron Levins – 3000m

8 – Mike Mason – High Jump

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Athletics Canada Welcomes John Lofranco; Road Running Coordinator
Athletics Canada announced today the addition of John Lofranco to its team in the position of Road Running Coordinator. This new position serves to strengthen the relationship between Athletics Canada and the road running community, a key driver of the Athletics in Canada strategic plan.

John will play an integral role in supporting Athletics Canada’s efforts to connect with the road running community. Specifically, he will lead the organization of Athletics Canada’s first annual National Race Directors Summit taking place in conjunction with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October 2014.

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By: Canada Running Series

Athletics Canada names Edmonton host of 2015 and 2016 Canadian Junior/ Senior Track and Field Championships


Athletics Canada names Edmonton host of 2015 and 2016 Canadian Junior/ Senior Track and Field ChampionshipsVeuillez cliquer ici pour voir la version française

Ottawa – Athletics Canada announced today that the first ever combined junior and senior Canadian Track and Field Championships have been awarded to the Edmonton 2015 PAJAC organizing committee and will take place in Edmonton, Alta., in 2015 and 2016. The 2015 Canadian Championships, July 2 to 5, will serve as World Championship and Pan American Games Trials. The 2016 edition will serve as Olympic and Paralympic Games selection trials as well as World Junior Championship selection trials.

“We look forward to working with the Edmonton 2015 PAJAC organizing committee in producing a great competition and a great event for the community”, said Rob Guy, Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer. “2015 will be a busy year for our athletes with the Panamerican Junior Championships, the Panamerican and Para Panamerican Games and the World Championships. This will be a great opportunity for Albertans to see our national team athletes in their final preparations for those events.”

The combined aged category national track and field championship will host almost 1,500 athletes in junior, senior and para-athletics competition. “It will be a great opportunity to have the junior and senior athletes compete together in the same event at the most important Championship in the country,” said Alex Genest, national team athlete and athlete representative on Athletics Canada’s Competitions Committee.

Genest, a finalist in the 3000-metres steeplechase at the 2013 World Championships adds, “It will be the most important track and field weekend of the year, that will make this championship highly visible, our sport needs that kind of attention to continue growing. As a junior I was able to race at the senior Championship, it was a great motivator, more importantly it helped me understand how much work and preparation is required to be among the best in Canada. I really hope junior athletes can take advantage of this new system to become better athletes, this can definitely help strengthen our sport.”

The Edmonton 2015 PAJAC organizing committee is comprised of representatives from the City of Edmonton, Athletics Alberta, the University of Alberta and the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre. The same group won the right to organize the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships. Organizing Committee Chair, Jerry Bouma notes, “For Edmonton and its long history with athletics, and major events, this is about building our storied past and continuing to inspire an exciting future.”

The selection of Edmonton 2015 PAJAC as host organization was made by Athletics Canada’s Competitions Committee following an open bid process that began in January 2013. Edmonton has a rich history of hosting major athletic competitions such as the 1978 Commonwealth Games, 1983 Universiade Games, the 2001 IAAF World Track and Field Championships and the 2005 World Masters Games.

Athletics Canada is the national governing body for track and field, cross-country, road running and road racing in Canada. Canadian Championship Series events showcase Canada’s best athletes in various age group categories and serve as a catalyst to raise awareness for the sport.

2015 Canadian Championship Series

Canadian Championship Location Host organizing committee Date
Half Marathon Championship Calgary, AB Calgary Marathon Society June
Junior / Senior Track and Field Championship Edmonton, AB Edmonton 2015 PAJAC July
5km Championship Toronto, ON B&O Yorkville Run September
Marathon Championship Toronto, ON Canada Running Series October
10km Championship Not yet announced
Cross Country Championship Not yet announced
Youth Track and Field Championship Not yet announced

-AC-

For more information:

Mathieu Gentès
Director, Public Relations and Corporate Services
Athletics Canada

613 260 5580 ext. 3303

A March Monday of Media Mayhem


niagara olympic clubEveryone talks about March Madness, and we had our own NOC  micro-version , jumping through hoops on Monday, March 3rd. At Sharon’s urging we had set up a St. Catharines City Council presentation for that evening, and as a result of the pre-publication of the agenda, we were interviewed by the St. Catharines Standard at the Club, on the prior Saturday. The outcome was a reasonably positive article, by Marlene Bergsma, in Monday’s paper, to start the day.

Then at around 4pm we were invited to be interviewed on the radio by Kevin Jack at CKTB 610 in St. Catharines. Sharon and Ian had a fun time with Kevin for about 12 minutes, and then it was off to City Hall for the presentation to Council, which of course is always televised. The presentation went well, and we really thank all of you Club members, parents and supporters who came along to the Council meeting as our cheering section.

An unexpectedly busy yet fun day holding court!

 

2014 Youth Olympic Games Area Trials Selection Guidelines


Suivre ce lien pour la version en français.2014 Youth Olympic Games Area Trials Selection Guidelines

Federations competing at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Area Trials in Miramar Florida have been granted the opportunity to enter more than 2 athletes per event provided these athletes have achieved the Minimum Qualifying Standard for their event. Athletics Canada has established the following entry guidelines -

Step 1. Declared athletes with the Top 2 performances* established during the Qualifying Period** for each event offered at the Area Trials will be entered.

Step 2. Additional athletes will be entered providing they have submitted their Athletes Declaration Form before the deadline, AND have established performance equal to or better than the Qualifying Standards within the Qualifying Period

Step 3. The maximum number of events that an athlete can compete in is two individual events. If the two individual events are Track Events, only one of these two individual races may be longer than 200m.

*All outdoor performance established with legal wind will be accepted. For throwing, hurdle and Steeple Chase events, only performances established with regulation youth implement and hurdles will be accepted. Indoor performances for the events offered at the Area Trials will be accepted.

**Qualifying Period May 1, 2013 to March 16, 2014.

2014 Youth Olympic Games Area Trials Qualifying Standards

MEN Standards Women Standards
100m 11.14 100m 12.18
200m 22.48 200m 25.02
400m 48.67 400m 56.78
800m 1.57.74 800m 02:19.67
1500m 04:12.50 1500m 04:53.45
3000m 09:11.15 3000m 10:58.23
110m Hurdles (0.914m) 15.99 100m Hurdles (0.762m) 14.85
400m Hurdles (0.84m) 55.75 400m Hurdles (0.762m) 01:04.09
2000m Steeplechase 06:36.02 2000m Steeplechase 07:45.17
10,000m Race Walk No standard 5000m Race Walk No Standard
High Jump 1.87 High Jump 1.52
Pole Vault 4.30 Pole Vault 3.35
Long Jump 6.79 Long Jump 5.53
Triple Jump 13.86 Triple Jump 11.58
Shot Put (5 kg) 15.88 Shot Put (3 kg) 12.12
Discus Throw(1.5 kg) 48.06 Discus Throw (1 kg) 38.03
Hammer Throw (5 kg) 51.42 Hammer Throw(3 kg) 34.01
Javelin Throw (700 g) 52.13 Javelin Throw 500 g) 34.87

Performances must appear on Athletics Canada’s Rankings. It is the responsibility of the athlete to submit eligible performances to AC in order to be considered for selection. Please consult the Rankings section on Athletics Canada’s website for further details: http://www.athletics.ca/page.asp?id=65.

2014 March Break Camp Update and Pictures


Bill’s bulletins:

Hi Everyone,

Things are going great here. Weather has been a little cool here (if you call 19 cool, sorry). It has been great for workouts though, today we worked them hard today and everyone ran great!

Yesterday was good – we worked on core and drills. State park runs have been awesome – great trails and ‘gators!

Here are a few pics you might enjoy (we removed the one of JP – ask him why when he gets back!)

Cheers
Bill

Inaugural AC Indoor Open begins Friday / Le premier Ouvert en salle d’AC commence vendredi


Inaugural AC Indoor Open begins Friday /

Le premier Ouvert en salle d’AC commence vendredi

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March 14 to 16
Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard
Montreal, Quebec

The AC Indoor Open serves as a national championship for youth and junior athletes and will feature a number of national team athletes in showcase events. Follow the links below for everything you need to know about the event.

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14 au 16 mars
Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard
Montréal, Québec

L’Ouvert en salle d’AC sert de championnat national pour les athlètes des catégories junior et jeunesse, et présentera plusieurs athlètes de l’équipe nationale dans des épreuves vedettes. Suivez les liens ci-dessous pour tout ce dont vous avez besoin de savoir sur cet événement.

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