The Gold Standard


The Gold Standard May 2014
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Jared MacLeod: National Team Athlete to Ops Manager

2006 Commonwealth Games Athletics Canada (AC) – You were a longtime national team athlete, the male athlete representative on the board, and now you are working in the national office – what drew you to the Operations Manager position?

Jared MacLeod (JM) – As the athlete rep, I had a chance to have an impact on some positive changes on behalf of Canada’s track and field athletes. I see this as an opportunity to continue to do that as well as helping in any way that I can with all these new changes the organization is going through as a whole.

AC – Can you outline some of your key responsibilities as Operations Manager?

JM – Effective delivery of the high performance program and management of the National Team Unit. Management of the technical budget and AC policies like athlete carding and team selection.

AC – How do you plan to use your experience as an athlete in your new role?

JM – I was part of the national team for almost 10 years, which gives me a unique perspective when it comes to a lot of my responsibilities as the Operations Manager. I think my experiences as an athlete should allow me to make well informed decisions that will hopefully benefit Canada’s athletes. I feel I have a big responsibility to them and to our sport in Canada, which I think has a bright future and I’m excited to be part of it.

AC – What were the biggest challenges faced in making the transition away from full-time elite athlete?

JM – Honestly, the transition into working full-time was pretty easy because I did a lot of things to set myself up to begin working immediately after my last competition as a full-time athlete. The hardest part has probably been trying to find the time to workout as often as I’d like.

AC – Are you ready to go out on a limb and pronounce yourself the fastest person in the office?

JM – I guess that depends on the distance. If we’re talking short distance with obstacles in the way, like office furniture? Yeah, you might as well just give me the gold.

2007 IAAF World Championship
2015-2016 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
Cross Country Championship Kingston, ON Physi-Kult Running Group TBC
10km Championship Not yet announced
Youth Track and Field Championship Not yet announced
Derek Drouin is the BIOSTEEL Athlete of the Month

Derek Drouin joined a very exclusive club on April 25 when he broke the Canadian high jump record at the Drake Relays. His performance of 2.40-metres also propelled him to the top of the World Leaderboard. Drouin became only the tenth high jumper in history to clear the magical mark of 2.40-metres. The high jump World Record is 2.45-metres, set by Javier Sotomayor of Cuba in 1993.

The 2014 Diamond League starts on May 9th in Doha, Qatar – Start lists and results will be available here The Diamond League continues in May through Shanghai, China on the 18th, and Eugene, Oregon, USA on the 31stThe first edition of the World Relays will take place in Nassau, Bahamas May 24-25; A formal team announcement is coming soon.For more information click here. Canadian Marathon ChampionshipsMay 25, Ottawa The 2014 Canadian Marathon Championships take place in Ottawa, Ont., on Sunday May 25. The course is a single loop, starting at City Hall and heading down the Rideau Canal, over the John A. Macdonald parkway. It crosses into Gatineau, Quebec and then back to finish at Ottawa City Hall and the Rideau Canal. For more information click here. Athletics Canada Welcomes New Hires Kayla Cornale- Para-Athletics Development and Talent Identification LeadAlison Legenza – Eastern High Performance Hub Manager John Lofranco – Coordinator, Road RunningJared MacLeod – National Team Program Operations Manager Melissa Ogilvie – Intern, Public Relations and Corporate Services Renée Reid – Sport Development Officer For their areas of expertise click here. Seeking Volunteers for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Volunteer tasks could include preparing the field of play, recording quotes from athletes, taking tickets, transporting athletes to events, providing medical services, or even providing support behind the scenes at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.To apply, visit


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