NOC parents rocked the spring clean up Saturday!!! The track rail is OUT! It must be spring!
Some mighty muscled moms dug the hole for the water line connection.
Some carpenter dads finished the deck rail.
The tiller moms did an awesome job on the shot put and long jump pits.
And a great deal of raking was accomplished.
Many hands helped today!
And we will continue next Saturday … more raking!!
Hopefully with a little more sunshine in the morning!

Cheers to Team NOC on the clean up!

Sharon Stewart
905 933-2762
Coach, Niagara Olympic Track and Field Club

Time To let your voice be heard about To(i)lets!

Westpark Washroom with SharonSince the St. Catharines’ Council vote to stall the new Westpark toilets, Sharon Stewart hasn’t been sitting around.

Flush from the success of attracting some of the Summer’s bigger events outside the Pan Am / Parapan Games, Sharon has not wasted any time in seeking to change the minds of Councilors who voted against the motion.

The St, Catharines Standard has published the story and is inviting readers to vote on support for the washrooms.

Even if you’re in two minds about the topic, please read the article and support Sharon’s campaign if you can.

Thank you.

Tea For the Tiller People

Update!! Blue skies are on order for Saturday.

We have one​ Tiller, but need another!
We also need a small generator to power up the saws to cut wood.
The plywood floor in one container needs replacing.

Rakes, brooms, shovels! Bring it on!!​
We’ll get the Tea!​

Sharon Stewart
905 933-2762
Coach, Niagara Olympic Track and Field Club

SPRING Cleanup. April 11th & 18th. Your Club needs you for 2 hours each weekend.

​SPRING! clean up! Saturday April 11 and Saturday April 18. 10:00 am to noon.

All hands on deck! Please bring your rakes and brooms, garden gloves and energy. Invite all the family to come and help make our facility spiffy for the season. Volunteer hours for high school students are awarded.

The first TO DO list:

  • put out the rail
  • rake the entire facility for leaves and garbage
  • prepare the long jump pits
  • prepare the shot put sector

For each of long jump and shot put we need a heavy duty rototiller. If you have one available and can bring, please let us know. Otherwise we need a captain for each project to rent a tiller and bring it.

Other urgent jobs … you can take away from JP … (I will hold him back!)

  • finish the railing on the porch
  • install the fire extinguishers and exit signs in the Clubhouse

And still later, … we need to replace the perimeter boards in the jumping pits.

Go NOC!! Team Clean UP!


Sharon Stewart
905 933-2762
​Head ​
Coach, Niagara Olympic Track and Field Club

Athlete Survey – University of Ottawa

Last year, we reached you regarding an online and anonymous survey study with athletes aged 14-17. You kindly accepted to collaborate with us and we really appreciate it.

At this point, we would have loved to present you some interesting conclusions from our findings. However, because we have to go through multiple filters (club approval, parental consent, athlete agreeing to participate) in order to ethically collect our data, recruiting has been a challenge and we have not reached our minimal participation rate yet.

The good news is that with just a little help from each club we might get there! If each club helps us recruit 3 athletes more by April 13, we will be able to proceed to the analysis phase.

So, we would like to ask you to please forward the link below to at least 3 of your athletes’ parents and encourage them to provide consent (2 min) for their children to participate.


As a reminder, here is some information about our study.

Researchers found that people differ in the extent to which they consider the distant consequences of their immediate actions. For example, individuals who consider the long-term implications of their behaviours tend to take better care of their health, exercise more, and have a better GPA compared to those who consider more immediate outcomes.

Because athletic improvement is often a long-term result of several years of dedicated practice, we have good reasons to believe that the tendency to consider long-term consequences has a strong influence on athletes’ ability to persist through challenges in the present in order to develop their athletic skills in the long run.

To find out if our reasoning is sound, we need your valuable collaboration. With your help, this research will allow us to understand how athletes manage their motivation and training demands over time. We will then be able to inform coaches about how to best help athletes persist through challenges in their athletic development and ultimately in life.

Once again, thank you so much for your interest and great help with our study.

In our next email, we hope to bring you some interesting implications derived from our findings!

Kind regards,


Rafael A. B. Tedesqui

PhD student
School of Human KineticsUniversity of Ottawa
125 University St., Room 416B
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5
Tel: +1 (819) 209-7726


MedalsNOC Athletes’ Highlights from the Bantam Midget Junior Championships!

  • Bantam Boys 60 m – Dante Kellar – Gold medal
  • Bantam Boys 150 m – Dante Kellar – Gold medal
  • Midget Boys 800 m – Brock Deba 4th place
  • Midget Boys 1200 m – Brock Deba 5th place
  • Junior Men 60 m – Shane Decker 6th place
  • Junior Men 200 m – Shane Decker 6th place; Kostas Renieris 8th place
  • Junior Women 1500 m – Haley Esau 8th place; Kayla McGowan 9th place
  • Junior Women 3000 m – Kayla McGowan bronze medal; Haley Esau 9th place
  • Junior Women 60 m Hurdles – Emma Nero 6th place

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Go Team NOC!!! Rock the indoor championships this weekend!! Spring/Summer Schedule is here too.


July 17-19 2015 Major Events: A.O. Jr-Sr Combined Events Championships (17-18), Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships (17-18), & A.O. Bantam, Midget, Youth Championships (July 18-19)

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​NEW for tomorrow!!!

Sharon Shivers (but has a great way to stay warm tomorrow):

NEW for tomorrow!!!

We will meet on Lockhart Drive in St. Catharines, where it meets the Hydro Hill at the base of the Brock U Campus. See link for map.

This will allow us to run and do drills on a ploughed road with no traffic and we can do a hill work out on a ploughed hill!!

Dress warm! even thought the temperature is going up. Practi​s​e will go from 10:00 am to 11:15.


AO’s Combined Events Championships & Prep Meet


Athletics Ontario
Athletics Ontario’s Combined Events Championships & Prep Meet is set to take place at the Toronto Track and Field Centre this Saturday, February 7, beginning at 9:00 am with the Weight Throw on the field and on the track at 10:00 am with the 60m Hurdles for Combined Event athletes. This meet is co-hosted with the Flying Angels Academy, and has attracted experienced international competitors including Gavin Smellie (Flying Angels), Dontae Richards Kwok, Khamica Bingham (Brampton TC) and Project Athletics teammates, Shai-Ann Davis and Crystal Emmanuel, all of whom competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

The meet will include nearly 800 competitors. More information including the final schedule, the performance list and the technical information can be found at the following link;

Events to Watch

Event: 60m Open Men

Event Highlights:Gavin Smellie (Flying Angels) and Dontae Richards Kwok, both members of the 2014 Commonwealth Games team are the top 2 seeds, and will be facing Bismark Boateng (York University TC) and Tremaine Harris.

Scheduled Event Time: Heats at 12:10 am and Final at 2:00 pm

Event: 60m Open Women

Event Highlights: Khamica Bingham (Brampton TC) is the top seed and will be facing her 2014 Commonwealth Games teammates, Shai-Anne Davis and Crystal Emmanuel, both members of Project Athletics.

Scheduled Event Time: Heats at 11:40 am and Final at 2:00 pm

Important Note: For safety reasons, access to the competition floor during the weight throw (start at 9:00am) will be limited. Athletes in the following events will be permitted to enter the competition area and warm up while the weight is in progress:

  • Open Men’s HJ (10:00 am start)
  • All Combined Eventers for 60m Hurdles (10:00 start) 8:30 to 9:30 check-in window
  • 1500m walkers (10:15) 8:45 to 9:45 check-in window
  • 1200m (10:35) 9:05 to 10:05 check-in window
  • 60m Hurdles (10:45) 9:15 to 10:15 check-in window

The track athletes must stay off the oval and infield and restrict their warmups to the straightaway track. The high jumpers will be escorted to the high jump area.

Other athletes, both in track events and field events will be required to wait outside the competition area until the weight has been completed (ca. 10:00 am). Please convey this information to any coaches or athletes affected. Your cooperation will be much appreciated.

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.