Niagara Olympic Club coach Sharon Stewart

Go NOC Athletes Go!


 

canadian-junior-logoV5Starting today, the A.C. Junior National Championships are being held in Quebec.

We want our athletes to know how much we support their efforts, and those of our Coaches who work tirelessly to get them qualified and ready to belong to Canada’s best.

And to the athletes parents and guardians who quietly make sure that the right resources, encouragement, and emotion, are brought to bear in generating such success.

Please send lots of pics for the website, to motivate our athletes not at the Championships this year, and to motivate not-yet-member athletes to join the best track and field club in Niagara.

Enjoy.

[This weekend’s event schedule]

Mohammed Ahmed looks forward to the Commonwealth Games and a professional running career


MohammedAhmedWisconsinBadgerPictures and article courtesy Bernie Puchalski at the St. Catharines Standard:

Making history wasn’t enough for Mohammed Ahmed.

By winning a bronze medal in the 10,000-metre race and placing fifth in the 5,000 metres at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., the St. Catharines distance runner became only the second University of Wisconsin runner to garner First Team All-America honours in the two events at the same NCAA championships.

The results capped a great career for the Wisconsin male athlete of the year candidate. The St. Catharines Collegiate alumnus earned eight All-America honours during his five years — five on the track and three in cross country. The Big Ten record holder in the 10,000 metres helped Wisconsin win four Big Ten cross-country crowns, three Big Ten track titles and the 2011 NCAA cross-country championship.

All that is well and good for the 2012 Olympian and ninth-place finisher at the 2013 world championships, but he leaves university without achieving his goal. More…

 

Exciting New Track & Field Clinics for non-Members


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A March Monday of Media Mayhem


niagara olympic clubEveryone talks about March Madness, and we had our own NOC  micro-version , jumping through hoops on Monday, March 3rd. At Sharon’s urging we had set up a St. Catharines City Council presentation for that evening, and as a result of the pre-publication of the agenda, we were interviewed by the St. Catharines Standard at the Club, on the prior Saturday. The outcome was a reasonably positive article, by Marlene Bergsma, in Monday’s paper, to start the day.

Then at around 4pm we were invited to be interviewed on the radio by Kevin Jack at CKTB 610 in St. Catharines. Sharon and Ian had a fun time with Kevin for about 12 minutes, and then it was off to City Hall for the presentation to Council, which of course is always televised. The presentation went well, and we really thank all of you Club members, parents and supporters who came along to the Council meeting as our cheering section.

An unexpectedly busy yet fun day holding court!

 

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!

 

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…)