The Gold Standard / La ruée vers l’ors


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The Gold Standard June 2014
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The 2014 Commonwealth Games are just around the corner
591.jpg The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23rd to August 3rd. Athletics will be taking part over a course of seven days, from July 27th to August 2nd.
This seven day competition will display World and Olympic champions competing for Gold. "Anything can happen in Athletics – underdogs and champions line up side-by-side, each determined to win. A fraction of a second or a fraction of a centimeter can turn an unknown athlete into a star." comments the 2014 Local Organizing Committee.

Stay tuned to www.athletics.ca as the Canadian Team heading to Glasgow this summer will be announced this week.

To view the Commonwealth Games schedule click here.

Canadian Championships under 1-month away
The 2014 Canadian Track & Field Championship will be held in Moncton, New Brunswick from June 27th to June 29th. 589.png

Registration for both athletes and coaches closes on June 19; to register click here.

For the event schedule, technical manual and all other event information please visit here.

Tickets for spectators will be available this week, here.

Hall of Fame Gala & Annual Awards Banquet
Be sure to join us for the 2014 Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday June 26 in Moncton, N.B., as Athletics Canada inducts the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 and presents the 2013 Athletics Canada Annual Awards. MCing part of the show is two-time World Champion hurdler Perdita Felicien.

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Expansion of Run Jump Throw Program
Athletics Canada announced a new five-year partnership with The Hershey Company that aims to get children excited about physical activity. A key component of the partnership is the expansion of Run Jump Throw.

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The partnership announcement was made in Mississauga, Ont., at the Hershey Centre SportZone. Athletics Canada Sport Ambassadors Donovan Bailey, Perdita Felicien, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and Mark McKoy, who own a combined total of four Olympic medals and twelve World Championship medals, were on hand leading 150 kids from local schools and track clubs through Run Jump Throw activities.
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For more information and updates on Run Jump Throw visit www.runjumpthrow.ca

Brent Lakatos is the BIOSTEEL Athlete of the Month
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Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., set a new World Record of 14.17 seconds in the T53 classification wheelchair 100-metres in Nottwil, Switzerland at the Swiss Open Nationals on May 17th. Earlier in the day Brent competed in both the 800-metres and 1500-metres.

Brent improved his own World Record of 14.34 which he set last year in London, England at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games.

Making Headlines
Athletics Canada Welcomes five new Board Members

Tim Berrett – Director-at-large (one-year term)
Sean Holman – Director-at-large, Treasurer (two-year term)
Grant McDiarmaid – Director-at-large (one-year term)
Ann Peel – Director-at-large (two-year term)
Dave Thomas – Director-at-large (two-year term)

Click here for more information on the new board representatives

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Canadian Men’s 4x100m relay team qualify to 2015 IAAF World Championship

The men’s 4×100-metres team of Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., Dontae Richards-Kwok of Mississauga, Ont., Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., and Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., finished 6th in the final at the inaugural 2014 IAAF World Relays in 38.55 seconds. As part of the new IAAF World Relay event the top eight placed teams in the 4×100 and 4×400-metre events automatically qualify for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China; Canada earned its spot with a sixth place finish.

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2014 World Race Walk Cup registers best ever Canadian team finish

The men’s team finished 4th overall with the top three Canadians going under the previous National mark:
11. Evan Dunfee – 1:20:13 (pending Canadian Record)

12. Inaki Gomez – 1:20:18 (Personal Best)

13. Ben Thorne – 1:20:19 (Personal Best)

93. Bruno Carrière – 1:33:08 (Personal Best)

The women’s race walking team finished 15th overall:

31. Rachel Seaman – 1:31:14

77. Nicole Evangelista – 1:43:22

82. Katelynn Ramage – 1:49:30 (Personal Best)

Defending Champion Returned to Götzis
The 2013 World Championship medalist, Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., competed this weekend to defend her Hypo Meeting title in Götzis, Austria, at the 40th edition of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge. Brianne finished second at the prestigious event with a score of 6641 points, breaking Jessica Zelinka’s Canadian record of 6599 points which was set at the 2012 Canadian Track and Field Olympic Trials.

Theisen-Eaton’s record-breaking performance by the numbers

100-metre hurdles: 13.18 seconds for 1097 points.

High jump: 1.87-metres for 1067 points

Shot put: 13.29-metres for 747 points

200-metres: 23.52 seconds for 1027 points

Long jump: 6.59-metres for 1036 points

Javelin: 42.78-metres for 721 points

800-metres: 2:11.31 for 946 points

Heptathlon total: 6641 points

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Canadian Records Broken in May

Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont. – 200-metres 20.16
Evan Dunfee of Richmond, BC. – 20km Racewalk 1:20:13.00

Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ont. – Hammer Throw 75.73m
Jessica Furlan of Regina, Sask. – 3000-metre Steeplechase 9:48.89

Elizabeth Gleadle of Lethbridge, Alta. – Javelin 64.50m

Alex James of Calgary, Alta. – Junior 1000-metres 2:31.59

Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que. – T53 100-metres 14.17

Pamela LeJean of Halifax, NS. – F53 Discus Throw 9.25m

Pamela LeJean of Halifax, NS. – F53 Javelin 9.47m

Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que. – T13 5000-metres 15:04.20 Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask. – Heptathlon 6641 points

Kyle Whitehouse of St Catharines, Ont. – T38 200-metres 23.46

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