Niagara Region

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.

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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.

Get Problem Reports to the Right Person in the Right Department


PSR_MAPWith Spring here to stay (any bets?), we’re introducing a 3rd Party system for capturing Complaints, Problems, Information Requests and Suggestions. It runs on any computing device with a browser, including smartphones.

You’ll find a “Report It Now” image on the left column of each page on this website, just below the main menus. Click on it to open a new browser tab and follow the simple prompts.

(Mandatory) Choose one from a series of “Categories”, then select the service “Type” that most closely fits what you want to report. These Categories and Types are chosen to suit the NOC “family”. See the last paragraph below for a longer list.

(Mandatory) Use the Google maps feature to pinpoint the right location. If you are using a smartphone with GPS, it’ll take your current location if that’s appropriate.

(Optional) Take/Upload appropriate photo images that will help Service Provider Staff to address your request more quickly and effectively.

Add descriptive information as required. If you’d like a phone call back, then leave your name and phone number here.

Submit your Service Request and you’ll be asked for your email address, so that the Service Provider can send you a link to keep you up to date with the Service Request status, as it’s dealt with. Don’t worry, your email is not disclosed to the Service Provider, so that you can stay anonymous while staying in touch.

PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T “play” with the system by submitting bogus Service Requests, as it is “live”. Service Providers include the City of St. Catharines, the Niagara Region, and other lower tier Niagara Municipalities, Utilities, Humane Societies, etc. The last thing they need is to receive bogus requests which waste time, money, and impact taxes.

Note: If you don’t see the Categories or service Types that you need, you can access a much more comprehensive list by closing the “Create Service Request” overlay window without submitting the Service Request, then click on the main page (Public Service Request), and you’ll get a “Public” page with many more options.