JP has (as usual) been working all hours to get the facility ready, recently having dug about 400 metres of trench (thank you very much Mr. Terry Free for supplying your trenching equipment and your time!) for burying electrical cables, communications cabling, conduit and water lines (not together we should note!).
He could really use our help on Monday morning, during and after 10am practise, to backfill and tamp down these trenches. We’ll need to bring shovels, rakes and any tamping tools we have. Shouldn’t take long if we get enough people to pitch in.
See you on site on Monday. Thanks!
Yes, last Saturday (April 26th) our club was awarded a capital improvements grant of $110,000 for:
1. New bleachers (clubhouse will be moved further south).
2. A new paved 15′ wide road/path from the main (south) gate along the 100m straight between the new bleachers and the track fence. This achieves full accessibility for athletes and spectators. This will also make damp weather spectating a much less muddy experience, and will allow club maintenance and meet equipment to be transported more reliably.
3. And lastly – New hurdle carts for easier setup and take down during training and meets.
I think we can say a huge Thank You to The Ontario Trillium Foundation! This gives our athletes, in fact all junior athletes in the Niagara Region, a new level of facility for training and competition. Thank You to Minister Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, Mayor Brian McMullan, and Mr. Harvey Hagerty of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for presenting the award, accompanied by such kind and positive words of real encouragement for our athletes.
Another huge Thank You has to go out to the Team at the Niagara Sport Commission, who helped us compose, verify and support our bid, through each of the not-so-easy steps. Bram, Chris and Matt, we could not have achieved this without you. We look forward to collaborating in so many more ways to enhance our sport over the coming months and years.
All of the volunteers working on the club’s behalf should be rightly proud of this achievement. Impossible without your incredible efforts!
Here are a few pics from Saturday’s ceremonies. We look forward to your support as we enter the project execution phases, to ensure that the money is wisely and frugally spent.
This coming Saturday, at 11am, we’ll be doing some concentrated celebrating at the Club for an hour or so.
The Honourable Jim Bradley, MPP, with Mayor McMullan of St. Catharines, and a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (the Government of Ontario’s OTF) evaluation committee, Mr. Harvie Hagerty, will be joining us for a formal announcement that will help us to radically revamp our great facility later this year.
Please come and join us (we’re even providing coffee and some sweet treats!); invite your family and friends. It’s your opportunity to say thank you to the OTF, and the City for their financial and in-kind support for our athletes, and indeed young athletes from right across the Region, who use our unique facility every year at about this time and through to the summer.
We hope that you can come out and join us in celebration.
Now, here’s an event you won’t want to miss!
For those of you that don’t believe that Spring will actually appear this year, we offer a night of glorious illusion!
For those who’s faith in the seasons is only marginally dented, perhaps this will be a relief…
Either way, our challenge is to encourage as many people as possible to come out for a great evening, knowing that the proceeds will be used to replenish our Facility capital improvement program fund. This year we’ll be making major improvements at our Club (formal announcements on April 12th after Spring Cleanup).
Tickets are available NOW, from all Club athletes. Please buy tickets early and often so that we can cater accordingly. THANK YOU!
We want to wish all our Member Athletes, Shoetag Athletes, Volunteers, Parents, Guardians, Coaches, Running Clubs against whom we compete, Niagara Schools and Universities that use our facilities every year, our Sponsors, Journalists who follow us, alumni who stay in touch, our friends at the Niagara Sport Commission, and the City Of St. Catharines who are generous in support of our goals in so many ways, very Happy and Relaxing Holidays.
It’s been a banner year for our Club in many ways. If you have particular highlights on which you’d like us to dwell in these Posts, please let us know.
At the risk of sounding like a pitch from U.S. Public Television, next year we’ll be campaigning for direct sponsorship from local businesses, in exchange for high quality exposure within our considerable Niagara reach, and beyond, provincially. We have several capital improvements planned, that will take significant funding, and will result in safer, enhanced facilities for our Members, Spectators, and all who’ll be associated with our Club. In parallel, we’ll be on an aggressive recruitment drive to expand our Membership, opening new competitive, social and educational opportunities for our athletes.
Please take some time over the holidays to consider how you can help us achieve our goals, and let us know, or ask questions anytime.
2014 is coming… and the Indoor Season is upon us!
Training is underway.
See the indoor training schedule for times and locations.
Please remember to look at the Training and Events Calendar in the left column (large red calendar icon), to check times and locations, since these do change.
For example, as daylight hours shorten, our weekly evening training sessions move from 6pm to 5:30 to 5pm, and on statutory holidays and Saturdays training locations do change from week to week.
We’ve had an incredibly successful summer Outdoor Season, and we are looking forward to great things from Cross Country. Please let us know if there is additional information that you’d like to see (on the website), that we are not currently publishing.
Coming soon!!! to a hill near you. The cross country season is just around the bend.