Executive Director Job Anyone?

Athletics Ontario is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director

Athletics Ontario’s (AO) key goals are to promote and encourage participation from the grass roots level through to the very highest level of proficiency. In addition to providing a competition structure for athletes, AO provides a platform for training coaches and officials, supporting athletes, sponsoring and sanctioning events, and delivering services and programs to a broad cross section of participants. As the organization reaches into the wider community, it continues to demonstrate that Athletics is a sport for all those involved in all activities.

The Executive Director will report to an elected Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its strategic and financial objectives. As AO looks to the future, the role will represent Athletics to the membership and the public at large. For further details on the position, click here.

Applicants are requested to forward a covering letter and résumé in confidence to the AO HR Committee on or before Monday, February 23, 2015:

c/o Athletics Ontario
3 Concorde Gate, Suite 211
Toronto, ON M3C 3N7

Email your application
Applicants should reference ‘AO Executive Director Search’ in all correspondence and ensure that their documents address the qualifications set out in the posting.

Special Annual Invitation…Please mark your Calendars

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Happy New Year to the NOC “Family”

Happy New Year hd wallpaper 20152014 has been an exceptional year for NOC Athletes, all the Coaches (especially the the one in kneed of extra support in August/September), the Volunteers whose hard work and dedication has made all the difference, and our partners at Niagara Sport Commission, who have helped us move up to a new experience plateau.

Our Athletes have achieved many great results and personal milestones, and we congratulate them all.

Our Alumni have given (back) much of their precious time to make that unique difference to the experience of athletes across the Province.

A huge THANK YOU to all.

2015 is promising more great things as it starts to unfold. Let’s take a moment to reflect on what NOC has given back to each of us. A very happy new year to you all.

Athletics Ontario Announces New Organizational Structure

Athletics Ontario

Athletics Ontario Announces New Organizational Structure

TORONTO, ONTARIO, December 15, 2014 – Athletics Ontario(AO)announced today the implementation of a new organizational structure. Under its new governance model, the role of Executive Director was created with the following direct reports:

  • Manager – Competitions, Technical Specifications and Logistics
  • Manager – Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Manager – High Performance
  • Manager – Member Services, Programs and Development
  • Office Manager

"This marks another step in Athletics Ontario’s evolution" said AO Chair Lisa Ferdinand. "We believe this new structure will be more accountable, more transparent and better able to deliver strong and responsible programs to our entire membership."

Combined with the implementation of AO’s 2015 – 2018 Strategic Priorities, the new structure will further enable AO to offer significant improvements in service delivery and outcomes while increasing focus on growth areas.

"Several measures have been implemented while others will be phased in over a period of time to allow for smoother transition," said Ferdinand. "We think all our stakeholders will see significant benefit in the changes we have planned and look forward to providing more information in the coming months."

About Athletics Ontario

Athletics Ontario (www.athleticsontario.ca) is Ontario’s not-for-profit sport’s governing body for athletics, which encompasses track and field, road running, cross country, and race walking. With a goal of making athletics one of the province’s top tier sports, this athlete-centred, volunteer-based, and club-and-community driven association’s mission is to develop, promote, and ensure the competent delivery of athletics programs and competitions.

Athletics Ontario’s Managing Director Resigns, Interim Executive Director Named


Athletics Ontario

Athletics Ontario’s Managing Director Resigns, Interim Executive Director Named

TORONTO, ONTARIO, December 15, 2014 — Athletics Ontario’s (AO) Board of Directors wishes to announce that John Craig has resigned as Managing Director, effective December 31, 2014, after thirty one years with the Provincial Sports Organization.

Mr. Craig, who started with the Association as a Road and Recreation Coordinator in 1983, when it was then called the Ontario Track and Field Association, has held various positions within the organization and has been responsible for a number of new initiatives. During his tenure he was, among other things, the Manager of Marketing and Administration, the Race Director for the Toronto Marathon and the Executive Meet Director for the Toronto International Track and Field Games.

"We are going to miss his dedication and perspective", said AO Chair Lisa Ferdinand. "He has provided our organization and our sport with energy and insight and has guided us with a steady hand".

"I am leaving at a time when the organization is ready for a change," said Craig. "With the Pan and Para Pan Am Games next summer and some rethinking of our governance model, I believe new stewardship will be important for the Association as it looks to optimize program delivery."

With the announcement of AO’s new organizational structure, the Board wishes to announce that Sue Wise, AO’s High Performance Manager, will serve as interim Executive Director while the Board conducts a search for the Executive Director.

Mr. Craig will join the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games organization in January 2015.

About Athletics Ontario

Athletics Ontario (www.athleticsontario.ca) is Ontario’s not-for-profit sport’s governing body for athletics, which encompasses track and field, road running, cross country, and race walking. With a goal of making athletics one of the province’s top tier sports, this athlete-centred, volunteer-based, and club-and-community driven association’s mission is to develop, promote, and ensure the competent delivery of athletics programs and competitions.

Time to Celebrate…XC Nationals

Time to Celebrate NOC’s accomplishments in BC!

NOC sent a contingent of 6 ​athletes
to the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Vancouver. ​

​T​hey returned with a Gold medal and a 6th place finish. ​

Tracy Meyers, Megan Norton, Haley Esau, Kayla McGowan and Avery Goertz competed in the Youth division and Kristen Khun competed in the Junior division.
The Youth girls finished 6th out of 14 teams​.

Tracy Myers pulled double duty and also scored for Team Ontario which won GOLD!

Well done ​ladies!​ Great performance as always!​

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NOC team ready to rock

Sharon Shares from the Canadian National XC championships in Vancouver…

Accolades Aplenty…

Record Number of Participants Highlight 2014 AO Cross Country Championships

Courtesy Niagara Sport Commission:

Finishers from 2014 AO XC ChampsWhile the weather was cold, the spirits remained high and the athletes remained focused as the 2014 Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships were an overwhelming success. Taking place on November 16 at the beautiful Firemen’s Park in Niagara Falls, this highly anticipated event was well-represented across Ontario and will certainly be a benchmark for future provincial championships.The event, which was executed through a partnership between the Niagara Sport Commission and the Niagara Olympic Club, was special in many respects, not the least of which was due to the record number of participants who took to the course. Among the record-setting 976 entries, there were some clear standout performances across all ages and distances, highlighting the incredible distance running talent that resides in Ontario.

For all of the award winners, their victories proved even more special as Canadian Olympian Mohammed Ahmed was on-site to present the awards. Not only does Mohammed have great ties to the sport, competing at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, but he also has fond memories of the host facility, Firemen’s Park, where he won an OFSSA Gold Medal.



​Sharon Shares:

Today! We did GREAT! We brought the province to Niagara.

The NOC distance athletes ran with great courage and determination. The coaches are very proud of their performances on the provincial stage!

The NOC speed athletes supported this event by standing in the cold to marshal all the morning races.

The NOC parents worked so hard to put this event together. From race course set up to race course tear down, we ROCKED it!

This was a very successful fundraiser for NOC! And, we received many compliments on our awesome course.

Thanks to our partnership with the Niagara Sport Commission for their support and volunteers in this venture!

And huge thanks to the Stamford Center Volunteer Firemen’s Association for their awesome park!

PLEASE! ​Accept
our gratitude!


AO Programs & Services Committee Member Survey

Athletics Ontario
Dear ​A.O. Members

As part of the 2014 Board Governance Review, the Program & Services Committee has been working with the staff and others to quantify the quality, reach, cost and effectiveness of Athletics Ontario’s Programs and Services.

We are now reaching out to the Athletics Ontario (AO) membership to gather your thoughts, knowledge and perceptions towards the value of the same programs and services.

Please take twenty minutes to think and add your scores to our survey at the following link:

Your input will be invaluable in validating the effectiveness and ultimately the importance of each of AO’s current Programs & Services.

With thanks,

John Stevenson
Chair, AO Programs & Services Committee

Athletics Ontario