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Zone 4 at NOC. The Standard Reports…


NOC's Shane Decker

NOC’s Shane Decker

Courtesy of Bernie Puchalski at The Standard…

Two-time champion (NOC’s Shane Decker)

The fastest man in Zone 4 is in no hurry to get out of high school.

Shane Decker, a Grade 12 student at Denis Morris and the reigning SOSSA senior boys track and field champion in the 100 and 200 metres, plans on returning for a second year of Grade 12.

“I am definitely coming back for 12B after the health issues I’ve had,” the 18-year-old said. “I need to come back and gather myself and forget what is going on.”

When he graduates, Decker will have plenty of options. He has received letters of interest from several Ontario universities wanting to have him on their track teams, including Brock, Guelph, Waterloo and Windsor.

Decker, who won the senior boys 100 metres (11.23 seconds) and 200 metres (23.02 seconds) at Thursday’s Zone 4 preliminary track and field meet, spent four weeks in the hospital in the winter of his Grade 10 year as doctors tried to figure out why he was passing out. This winter, the illness bug hit again when he missed a month of training while recovering from pneumonia.

“I got back into it in mid-January and I’m trying to train hard,” the Niagara Olympic Club runner said. “I still have a cough since my pneumonia but I’m working through it.”

This year, he’s aiming for a time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 metres and 21.9 seconds in the 200 metres. He needs to run under 11 seconds to qualify for the junior nationals.

“I ran it last year so it’s not a big deal. I will get it this year, too.”

He ran a personal-best 10.99 at last year’s Ontario championships in Toronto and ran 11.01 at Ontario Legion championships. He was unable to attend the Canadian championships because of a lack of funding.

“I have a job now so I’m hoping to go this summer,” he said.

This spring, his goal is to make the OFSAA 100-metre final, but it won’t be easy.

“I really think I can do it,” he said.

It’s hard for sprinters from Niagara to crack an OFSAA final.

“Toronto has all the fast sprinters and it’s ridiculous,” Decker said. “Once you get to OFSAA regionals, that’s when Toronto comes in and it’s very difficult.”

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Huge Thanks to all of you who helped with Spring clean-up at the club on April 12th


Work work work at Niagara Olympic ClubIt was a beautiful day, ideal for spring cleaning. With the sun shining so brightly, the results were immediately visible, which seemed to feed everyone’s enthusiasm for working harder to get it all done. The results are superb.

It all bodes well for the season.

THANK YOU!

Can you take an hour to celebrate with us on Saturday April 26th?


The Ontario Government's Trillium Foundation

This coming Saturday, at 11am, we’ll be doing some concentrated celebrating at the Club for an hour or so.

Join us in celebrationThe 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.

NOC competed as a cohesive team in the Nationals


Excellent comments from Coach Bill MacDonald:

As you can see by the posts, NOC had a phenomenal weekend in Vancouver, especially Heather, but what can’t be overlooked is the phenomenal performance by the NOC TEAM. Six athletes went to Vancouver, six athletes showed up on the line ready to race and six athletes made NOC proud. For Kristen, Avery, Kayla and Cailen it was their first experience at Nationals.

Some may say it’s just another race, but it’s not. The best athletes from across the country are competing. This is the pinnacle of the season. For our Grade 9 athletes, Avery, Kayla and Cailin this meant going from racing 3K at OFSAA to racing 5K at Nationals, which is a big jump. They made us proud they way they raced with guts and determination.

Laura, Kristen and Heather were team leaders, truly mentors for the younger athletes. Laura and Kristen had fantastic races, which is very difficult in such a long season, a testament to their hard work and dedication.

Overall, Team NOC placed 7th!

Well done TEAM NOC, you made us all proud.

Heather’s Interview by Athletics Illustrated Magazine after Winning the 2013 XC Nationals


From ​Coach ​Bill MacDonald​:​
Here is Heather’s interview after winning the Junior Women’s Cross Country Nationals in Vancouver…

Bruchet, Wodak, Knight, Petrick, Finlayson, Zambrano take national titles at 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships


2013VancouverXCChampsLogoFrom Athletics Canada:

VANCOUVER – Six national champions were crowned today at the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, B.C. Lucas Bruchet of Surrey, B.C., Natasha Wodak of Port Moody, B.C., Justyn Knight of Vaughn, Ont., Heather Petrick of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., James Finlayson of Victoria, B.C., and Maria Zambrano of Calgary, Alta., were all crowned 2013 Champions.

In the junior women’s 5-kilometre race Heather Petrick won gold in 17:47.63. “I was able to get an early lead and it is awesome to get revenge after falling last year”, explains Heather. “I am really happy with my training”. Defending Champion Jillian Forsey of Kippens, NFLD., was second in 18:02.45. “It was a great race and I was happy to be racing with a strong field”, said Jillian. Third place went to Kitchener, Ont.’s Jaimie Phelan in 18:13.13.

Lucas Bruchet took the senior men’s Canadian title in the 10-kilometre race in a time of 31:38.39. Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C won silver in 31:47.91 and Aaron Hendrikx of Parkhill, Ont., won bronze in 31:50.97.

Natasha Wodak won the senior women’s national title in the 7-kilometre race in 24:30.80. Vancouver, B.C.’s Rachel Cliff was right behind her for silver in 24:34.00. Cliff, “It was a great race. Both Natasha and I wanted to go first-second”. Also on the podium was Calgary, Alta.’s Jessica O’Connell in 24:48.07 for the bronze.

Justyn Knight won the men’s Canadian Junior title finishing first in the 8-kilometre race in 25:43.30. Knight on his race; “I hate losing and I really felt strong running with Ben (Flanagan) and Mike (Tate).” Ben Flanagan of Kitchener, Ont., clocked 25:47.12 for the silver, “It was a great way to end the season”. Bronze was won by Mike Tate of Heatherton, N.S., in 25:53.89.

Complete results.

Heather Petrick wins the XC Nationals


2013VancouverXCChampsLogoCongratulations to Heather Petrick on winning the XC Nationals in Vancouver today by a serious margin!

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We are speechless, in awe, WOW!

The ladies’ team was 7th overall, just a fabulous achievement all round.

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Congratulations to Sharon and all the coaches. Your dedication continues to give our athletes opportunities they only dreamed about!

NOC Front and Centre (literally)


TroyACxc2013-11-29_2352Not sure if you spotted NOC’s Troy Smith in the banner photo (from last year’s race) of the AC website for this year’s Vancouver XC Championships tomorrow (Nov 30th).

Go Team!

 

Vancouver Here We Come…


WestjetVancouverOur NOC Team is in the air, wending its way to Vancouver, to contest the XC Nationals.

We wish them success, fun, good experiences, wisdom, even luck!

 

The Ones to Watch; Canadian Cross Country Championship Saturday in Vancouver


2013VancouverXCChampsLogoFrom Athletics Canada:

OTTAWA – The 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships, which serves as the selection trial for the 2014 NACAC Cross Country Championships, take place Saturday November 30 at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, BC. Canadian titles are up for grabs in the junior, senior and masters categories. (More…)