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August 21, 2013
51 athletes set to compete at the Pan American Junior Championships
Ottawa – The 2013 Pan American Junior Championships begin Friday in Medellin, Colombia featuring a Canadian contingent of 51 athletes. For many of these athletes the three day competition will be their first taste of international competition and their first opportunity to take on some of the best in the world with an eye on a podium finish.
Full article: http://www.athletics.ca/display_news.asp?newsid=1535
Four athletes from BC will be representing Canada:
|Deon Clifford||3000m SC||White Rock, BC||Lynn Kanuka|
|Georgia Ellenwood||Heptathlon||Langley, BC||Kim Chapdelaine|
|Agnes Esser||Shot Put / Discus||Duncan, BC||Sheldan Gmitroski|
|Nathan George||400m||Coquitlam, BC||Tara Self|
|Regan Yee||3000m Steeplechase||Hazelton, BC||Neal Currie|
Good luck everyone!!
Moscow – Another day and another medal for Canada at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in Moscow, Russia. Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., won bronze in the shot put with a seasonal best of 21.34-metres. Armstrong’s medal is Canada’s fourth in Moscow, tying Canada’s best all-time performance at the IAAF World Championships.
Other Canadian day seven highlights included Nate Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., qualifying for the 1500-metres final and Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., and Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., advancing to the semi-finals of the 100-metre hurdles.
Going into the fifth round of throws in the shot put final Armstrong sat in fourth place with a seasonal best of 21.10-metres achieved in the second round. His fifth throw, another seasonal best, this time measuring 21.34-metres propelled him into the bronze medal position. “I just feel amazing, my coach and I worked really hard, I made some really good choices this year. He’s been a huge part of my career and success and I can’t thank him enough. Without him none of this would be possible, and without all of my supporters in Kamloops. I worked really hard for this, I’m really happy.”
Dylan on his medal tying Canada’s best ever showing at the World Championships, “It’s another medal for Canada, it shows that when you have the right coaches in place, the right support and the funding behind it that it’s going to payoff. You have to invest in sport, results don’t come for free.” This is Dylan’s third World Championship medal after winning indoor bronze in 2010 and outdoor silver in 2011.
Nate Brannen placed seventh in a seasonal best of 3:36.59 in the second semi-final of the 1500-metres to advance to Sunday’s final. “I felt really good until like the last 50-metres. With 400-metres to go I thought I could blast in but I got stuck out between lanes two and three. Going down the homestretch I knew I was top seven so I just cruised it in. Hopefully I saved enough for the final.”
Angela Whyte and Jessica Zelinka both qualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals in the 100-metre hurdles. Whyte won heat one in a time of 12.93 seconds to auto-qualify, “Super relieved that it’s over. I couldn’t sleep last night. I always take this round by round, got through to the next one so I’m happy. It’s going to be really tough in the semis; I will do the best I can. I don’t care about the time in the semis, just want to place well and get through to the final.”
Zelinka also auto-qualified by placing fourth in heat three in 13.15 seconds, “It’s been awhile since I raced, I felt like I was in slow motion, just jogging through. It was good to get that in and get it out of the way. Going to put it all out there tomorrow. I’ve been training on my own a lot this year; it’s like I forgot what it was like to race. I’m glad it’s out of the way.”
The women’s 4×400-metres finished fifth in heat 3 in a seasonal best of 3:31.09, they did not qualify for the final. Leadoff Alicia Brown of Ottawa, Ont. “Much happier with my performance today then my individual 400-metres.” Brown handed the baton to Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont. “The four of us have never run together, we wanted to go out there, do our best and show that Canada belongs. We ran a seasonal best, we’re proud of that, but there’s definitely room to improve.” Wells handed off to Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont. “I felt pretty good, didn’t want to go out too hard. Running the 400-metre hurdles is definitely a different rhythm than this. I wanted to maintain my position or gain on the girls ahead of me.” Montcalm handed the baton to anchor Jenna Martin of Bridgewater, N.S. “I got a little excited and tried to catch the girls in front of me right away. I tried my best, that’s all I can ask for and it was fun running with these ladies.”
Tremaine Harris of Markham, Ont., placed fifth in heat two of the first round of the men’s 200-metres in a time of 20.68 seconds. “The plan was to run as hard as I can to make the semi-final. I competed to the best of my ability, hopefully I can get into the semi-final on time and prove that I can run a lot faster then that.” Harris did not qualify on time. “It sucks to run the way I did after training so hard the whole year.”
Krista Woodward of Vancouver, B.C., finished eight in Group A of the women’s javelin qualifying with a best toss of 58.86-metres. She did not qualify for the final. “I felt pretty good, hit my first throw well. I knew though that it wouldn’t be enough to get me into the final, I had to really go for it on the next two throws and kind of overthrew them. I needed 60-metres and I didn’t get it.”
The ever positive Cameron Levins is turning his focus to next years’ Commonwealth Games in Glascow and looking to peak at the right time for Rio. Good luck Cam, we’re always cheering for you! – BCA
August 12, 2013 – By Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist
It was a memorable summer personally for Cam Levins, who got married on Canada Day in Victoria at St. Ann’s Academy.
But it was highly forgettable on the track.
The runner from Black Creek, who will be among the big Canadian and Island hopes at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, has dropped out of today’s 5,000 metres at the 2013 IAAF world track and field championships in Moscow after his disappointing 14th-place finish in the 10,000 metres Saturday.
“It was a big transition year for me and a lot of things changed,” said Levins by phone from Moscow. “I got married and also had breathing and health issues that affected me. The training was not there.”
Little known coming out of G.P. Vanier Secondary in Courtenay, Levins only got a U.S. NCAA offer after scouring the Internet. He seemed to come out of nowhere last year with Southern Utah to sweep the 2012 NCAA titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres before making the finals in both those events at the London Olympics.
“I didn’t feel overbearing pressure to have another campaign this year like I did last year,” said Levins. “I just want to continue to move in the right direction. But sometimes you have off years.”
Now training under the former great runner Alberto Salazar, he doesn’t plan on having any more of those.
“The Commonwealth Games next year [in Glasgow] are going to be very competitive and another test to see where I’m at. Ideally, this all works up to where I’m in a position to be a medallist in Rio [2016 Summer Olympics].”
Meanwhile, fellow Islander and Olympic finalist Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay begins competition in the high jump qualifying rounds today with the final scheduled for Thursday. Only a quivering bar, that eventually dropped, denied the graduate of Parksville’s Bellenas Secondary a bronze medal last year at the London Olympics.
Reimer to be Inducted
The Abbotsford/Mission Times – May 9, 2013 – Wheelchair racing legend Eugene Reimer of Abbotsford will be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame.
Though Reimer passed away in 2008, he leaves behind a legacy of advocacy and excellence that has paved the way for today’s Para-lympians.
“Every wheelchair athlete competing today owes a debt of gratitude to Eugene Reimer,” said Gail Hamamoto, executive director of BC Wheelchair Sports Association.
“He wasn’t content to just win medals. He wanted to build a more inclusive society. Right up until his death, he remained passionate about promoting wheelchair sports.”
During his storied wheelchair sports career, Reimer amassed 50 national medals, 22 international medals, and 10 Paralympic medals.
The Royal Canadian Legion, producers of the Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships for the past 73 years, will hold the event August 2013 and again August 2014 in Langley, British Columbia. The Championships will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of BC/Yukon Command.
As hosts, this year will see many new dimensions to the Championships with a pro-active promotional campaign.