Record Number of Participants Highlight 2014 AO Cross Country Championships
Courtesy Niagara Sport Commission:
While the weather was cold, the spirits remained high and the athletes remained focused as the 2014 Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships were an overwhelming success. Taking place on November 16 at the beautiful Firemen’s Park in Niagara Falls, this highly anticipated event was well-represented across Ontario and will certainly be a benchmark for future provincial championships.The event, which was executed through a partnership between the Niagara Sport Commission and the Niagara Olympic Club, was special in many respects, not the least of which was due to the record number of participants who took to the course. Among the record-setting 976 entries, there were some clear standout performances across all ages and distances, highlighting the incredible distance running talent that resides in Ontario.
For all of the award winners, their victories proved even more special as Canadian Olympian Mohammed Ahmed was on-site to present the awards. Not only does Mohammed have great ties to the sport, competing at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, but he also has fond memories of the host facility, Firemen’s Park, where he won an OFSSA Gold Medal.
Courtesy of Bernie Puchalski at the St. Catharines Standard:
When Kayla McGowan first joined the Niagara Olympic Club more than a year ago, she was always getting beaten by the more experienced distance runners at the club.
“They had all been doing it for a long time and I was very intimidated by them,” said the Grade 10 student at Eden in St. Catharines. “I always let them win and I would trail behind.”
All that began to change last spring when she was seventh in both the 1,500 and 3,000 metres in the midget girls division at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships. A second in the 3,000 metres and fourth in the 1,500 metres at this past summer’s Athletics Ontario championships has brought out the competitiveness in the 15-year-old.
“At practices I don’t let people pass me,” she said. “I have to win now. The feeling of winning is so good that I don’t want to give it up.”
The Canadian Diabetes Association is holding a Freedom Run for Diabetes Research in Grantham Lions Park on September 7, 2013. We’d like to share the details of the event with the members of the Niagara Olympic Club. The event will include a 3K Family Fun Walk and a 5K Run/Walk. Please find the attached flyer and brochure with more details of the run. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me with the information below.
Thank you for your support of the Canadian Diabetes Association!
Run/Walk for Diabetes Event Assistant
Canadian Diabetes Association
Southern Ontario Region
14 Irvin Street, Suite 1
Kitchener, ON, N2H 1K8
Tel. 519-742-1481 Ext.221