Athletics Canada


The Gold Standard from AC…

The 2013 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championship was Canada’s best ever. Five Canadians stood on the podium surpassing the previous best of four in 1995.
By the Numbers:
5 medals for Canada
  • Brianne Theisen-Eaton – Heptathlon – Silver
  • Dylan Armstrong – Shot Put – Bronze
  • Derek Drouin – High Jump – Bronze
  • Damian Warner – Decathlon – Bronze
  • Men’s 4x100m Relay – Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Dontae Richards-Kwok, Justyn Warner – Bronze



Mohammed Ahmed headlines strong NOC summer

MoAhmedRunningBadgerThanks to St. Catharines Standard for this excellent piece.

It’s a “must read”.



Heather Petrick Chosen to Represent Canada at the Pan Am Jr Games

pan-am-boeing-747-400With her phenomenal Bronze medal winning time of 9:42 in the 3000m at the Canadian Junior  Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Laval, Quebec, Niagara Olympic Club’s Heather Petrick has qualified to represent Canada at the upcoming Pan Am Junior games being held August 23-25 in Medellin Colombia.

Heather was in the enviable position of being able to choose which event she would compete in at the Pan Am Jr games. She had previously qualified in the 5000 m with her Ontario record breaking run at the NCAA “Gina Relay” in Hillsdale Michigan this past April. She has chosen the 3000m as this is a race she has more experience running.

The selection to the Canadian Pan Am Jr team caps off a highly successful season for Heather, in which she was Silver medalist at the indoor provincial BMJ championships in the 3000m, set the Ontario U19 5000m record, placed 6th in the 1500 and 3000m at OFSAA in personal best times, and most recently was Bronze medalist in the 3000m at the Canadian Junior championships.

Now that’s being a high flier!

All four Canadian teams place in top 10 at today’s World Cross Country Championships!

From Athletics Canada:

Bydgoszcz, Poland – All four Canadian teams finished in the top ten at today’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships.  The senior women’s team placed eighth, the junior men and senior women placed ninth while the junior men’s team placed tenth.

 In the senior men’s 12km race Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., led the team to a ninth place finish, Ahmed crossed the finish line in 22nd place overall in 33:56.  “I got out waiting, the pace was slow which was awesome, I felt great until the final two laps.” He adds: “The hill in the last couple laps was the toughest and I was moving backwards but slowly; I was battling hard but it was impossible to make up ground at the end of the race with the slippery conditions and pace of the leaders. It was a good performance but I am disappointed as I was aiming for a top 16 finish.”

 Chris Winter of Vancouver B.C. was the second Canadian to cross the finish line in the men’s senior race placing 33rd in 34:15. “The entire week was amazing, the confidence the team showed going into this event definitely helped drive my performance. I was able to stay relaxed and execute my job. I never felt this good in my life, 10km felt easy and the race really started in the last 2km.”

The senior women’s team surprised themselves with individual 24th and 25th place finishes over 8km by Natasha Fraser of Port Moody, B.C. and Rachel Cliff of Vancouver, B.C., both finished in 25:30. The team met their objective with an 8th place finish overall in the team standings. “Individually I am super stoked and excited”, comments Natasha Fraser. She adds “to finish in the top 25 is amazing and I am so excited.”

Rachel Cliff adds “I am shocked and so excited for the team and Natasha and I. We are from the same area and worked together aiming to go hard and push for a top 50 finish. To be in the top 25 makes me speechless, it all came together.”

The junior men’s team placed 10th overall. Benjamin Flanagan of Kitchener, Ont., led the junior men’s 8km race with an individual finish of 34th in 23:21. “I couldn’t be happier with mine or the team’s performance”, explains Flanagan. He adds “It was a fast race and I was aiming for a top 50 performance.” Kingsville, Ont.’s Ryan Sleiman finished in 43rd with 23:32 and Troy Smith of Grimsby, Ont., in 53rd with 23:40.

In the junior women’s 6km race the team finished 9th overall. Madeline Yungblut of Wroxeter, Ont., led the women finishing in 46th with 20:34. Madeline McDonald of Toronto, Ont., was 47thin 20:36 and Jillian Forsey of Kippens, NFLD., was 49th with 20:40.

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Team Canada preview for March 24th World Cross Country Championships

cropped-noc-black-and-white-logo.jpgFrom Athletics Canada:

OTTAWA – Twenty-three Canadians will travel to Bydgoszcz, Poland for the 40th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships taking place Sunday March 24. The Canadian contingent will depart March 16 for a training camp in Walcz in Poland before heading to Bydgoszcz on March 22.

The event will get underway with the junior women’s 6-kilometre race at 12:00pm local time (6:00am eastern time) on March 24.  The junior women earned their spot at the World Championships by winning the team title at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in February.

At 12:30pm local time (6:30am eastern time) the junior men take off in the 8-kilometre race.  Kingsville, Ont.’s, Ryan Sleiman led the junior men at the NACAC Championships with an individual 4th place on their way to a team title.


NOC All-American to wear red and white…

MoAhmedInRedAndWhietFrom St. Catharines Standard:

Achieving All-American status did little to lessen Mo Ahmed’s disappointment with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 metres at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in Arkansas.

“I’m pretty disappointed but I can’t change history. I have to somehow accept it,” the University of Wisconsin runner said.

The race was a fast-paced affair and the 2012 Olympian didn’t feel good at the start of the race.

“I just feel like I’m not fit enough yet,” he said. “I was in shape early in the season and then school started and training got interrupted a little bit. I haven’t really done consistent training and I’m riding that early wave of training.”

Next up for the St. Catharines Collegiate alumnus are the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He leaves for Poland this Saturday in preparation for the March 24 championships.


Gold seems to be this week’s theme!

Athletics Canada resultsFrom Athletics Canada: The Gold Standard Newsletter.

  • Click here for the latest 2013 rankings including youth, junior, senior and para-athletics

National Track League announces 2013 series scoring events

canadian track and field silhouetteFrom Athletics Canada:

Ottawa – Athletics Canada in coordination with its five National Track League (NTL) competitions announced today the scoring events which will be featured in the 2013 NTL series as well as the NTL bonus purse structure and eligible events.  Overall the 2013 NTL will award $100,000 in cash prizes, not counting prize money up for grabs on a case by case basis by NTL competitions.

In NTL scoring events points are tabulated to determine who will earn NTL championship titles and take home the corresponding trophy and $4,500 cash prize.  Second and third place receive $2,500 and $1,500 respectively.

An NTL bonus purse is also available in any event offered on a minimum of three occasions across the series.  NTL bonus purse standings are calculated using the latest version of the IAAF scoring tables.  The top male and female athletes in the bonus purse standings win $5,000, second is awarded $2,500.


Moncton gearing up to host 2013 World Track and Field Trials

MonctonAtNightFrom Athletics Canada:

January 30, 2013

Athletics Canada and the organizing committee for the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships are excited today to launch the official event website;

The June 20-23 event will host over 800 athletes in Moncton, New Brunswick, as the country’s rising stars join returning Olympians and Paralympians to make their bid to represent Canada on the international stage. The 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships serve as the selection trials for the following international events:

  • International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships – Lyon, France – July 19-28
  • International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships – Moscow, Russia – August 10-18
  • Jeux de la Francophonie – Nice, France – September 6-15

The 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships will be held at the Moncton 2010 Stadium on the Université de Moncton campus. The modern facility was built for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships and provides an exceptional venue for competition. The competition promises to be another exciting and successful event hosted in Moncton. Plans are in the works to bring championship events to various places in the city-stay tuned for details!


Canada wins 3 NACAC Cross Country team titles in Jamaica; Natasha Fraser wins individual gold

JamaicanFlagFrom Athletics Canada:

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada’s entry won three team titles today at the 2013 North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Mandeville, Jamaica. The junior women, junior men, and senior women’s teams were all crowned 2013 NACAC champions.


Canada took the junior men’s title with 31 points over the United States who had a team total of 35. Ryan Sleiman of Kingsville, Ont., was the top Canadian finisher in fourth with 19:18. On his heels was Troy Smith of Grimsby, Ont., in fifth in 19:19.