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Occasional Fun items to keep us smiling through the pain of winter training!

Athletics Ontario Reunion/Family Event


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Happy New Year to the NOC “Family”


Happy New Year hd wallpaper 20152014 has been an exceptional year for NOC Athletes, all the Coaches (especially the the one in kneed of extra support in August/September), the Volunteers whose hard work and dedication has made all the difference, and our partners at Niagara Sport Commission, who have helped us move up to a new experience plateau.

Our Athletes have achieved many great results and personal milestones, and we congratulate them all.

Our Alumni have given (back) much of their precious time to make that unique difference to the experience of athletes across the Province.

A huge THANK YOU to all.

2015 is promising more great things as it starts to unfold. Let’s take a moment to reflect on what NOC has given back to each of us. A very happy new year to you all.

Very special (free) movie screening at AO XC Champs, Saturday Nov 15th


We’re very happy to announce that the filmmakers of the feature documentary Transcend, starring Boston Marathon Champion, Wesley Korir, will be holding a FREE screening for all AO participants Saturday night.

The film is 73 minutes long and it’ll start at 7PM SHARP so athletes will be back early! So book an early dinner reservation and bring them all over for what is guaranteed to be an inspiring evening.

Details: Saturday November 15th; 7PM Start Time; Ramada Plaza on Lundy’s Lane

Cost: AO Runners: FREE – Show BIB # at the door; Coaches/Parents: $10 recommended donation

As Malcolm Gladwell (Best-Selling Author) says, “Transcend is a film about a runner that ends up being about so much more: faith, service and courage. I was riveted.”

You’ll have the opportunity to purchase the BluRay/DVD ($20) and Kenyan bracelets ($15) both at the cross-country course and after the screening. Come to the screening and get the filmmakers to sign your copy!

Official Website

For questions email hello@thefilmtranscend.com

See everyone in Niagara! -Team Transcend

It’s Official – NOC receives major Ontario Government Trillium Foundation Grant!


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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).

  • 300 seats, Accessible, with up-to-date safety features, moving close to the track straightaway finish line.
  • 2 sets of 30 seats in the Jumps and Throws area.

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.

Exciting New Track & Field Clinics for non-Members


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NOC’s Spring Fling Pub Night – May 9.


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!

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Solving Niagara


From Solving Niagara:

Attached is our event poster!
Here is our event website: www.niagaracollege.ca/solvingniagara

Thank you so much for your support Members and Friends of NOC!

All funds raised will be donated to The Many Hands Project. This years recipient is The Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, where construction students from Niagara College will be renovating!

See you on April 5th!
Shelby Smit

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2013 website performance in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

It’s that time again…and we’re all running, one way or the other


Cross-Country SantasFrom the Board Members of Niagara Olympic Club:

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.

Thank you.

Another exciting Cross-Country Meet…


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