The Gold Standard / La ruée vers l’ors


The Gold Standard MAY 2013
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Athletics Canada talked to three up and coming athletes who chose to stay in Canada to pursue their academic and athletic dreams at one of AC’s High Performance Centres. Click here to read the full interviews with (in order from left to right) Drelan Bramwell of Sarnia, Ont., Katelyn Lehner of Prince Albert, Sask., and Tyler Smith of Wetaskiwin, Alta., on why they chose the Canadian sport centre’s over American NCAA programs.

Five-time Paralympian and 10-time Paralympic Games medalist André Viger is being inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The official induction will take place on October 16, 2013 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Viger held the World record in his wheelchair class over the 1500-metres, 5000-metres, 10000-metres and marathon events. He claimed a number of prestigious marathon titles including the Boston Marathon in 1984, 1986 and 1987. He was inducted into Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

For the complete Class of 2013 visit:

The Canadian Paralympic Committee also recently announced their 2013 Hall of Famers including Athletics’ Robert Easton in the Athlete category and builders Janet Dunn and John Howe. For the complete story visit:

Oshawa, Ont.’s Matthew Hughes is the BioSteel Athlete of the Month following his performance at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in the 3000-metres steeplechase. Hughes set a World Leading time of 8:21.34.

As the BioSteel Athlete of the Month Matt will receive a complimentary sports supplements package consisting of BioSteel NSF and Informed-Choice certified products.

Athletics Canada members are eligible for deep discounts on all BioSteel products, have your membership number ready and click here to shop now.

Canadian Records

The women’s 4×800-metres relay team broke a ten year old Canadian record last weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The record which was set in 2003 stood at 8:28.55. On April 27 the team of Melissa Bishop with the Ottawa Lions of Eganville, Ont., Karine Belleau-Béliveau with Les Vainqueurs of Montreal, Que., Diane Cummins (unattached) of Victoria, B.C., and Lemlem Bereket Ogbasilassie with Saint Laurent Sélect of Montreal, Que., set a new Canadian record time of 8:14.85. Of note Diane Cummins was a member of the team which set the previous mark in 2003 as well as coach Heather Hennigar who guided the women at Penn Relays.

In the junior women’s pole vault Alysha Newman with London Legion Track and Field Alliance of Delaware, Ont., equaled the Canadian junior record of 4.20 metres at the Sea Ray Relays on April 13 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Alysha tied the mark set by Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier in 2007.

Niki Oudenaarden with Capital City Track Club of St. Albert, Alta., broke the Canadian junior record in the heptathlon for the second time this season. Niki bettered the Canadian mark of 5688 points set by Jessica Zelinka in 2000 by registering a score of 5716 points. Then on April 18 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnit, California Niki bettered it again with 5774 points.

* All records pending ratification

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