NorWesters sail to gold at Youth Track Nationals #LegionNationals @NorthShoreNews

September 9, 2013


Emma Rastad of the NorWesters Track and Field Club leaps into first place in U16 long jump at the Legion National Youth Championships held in August in Langley. (Photograph by: supplied)

September 4, 2013 – by Andy Prest 

NORTH SHORE NEWS – A pair of long jumpers led the way as four athletes from the North Shore’s NorWesters Track and Field Club took home medals at the Legion National Youth Championships held last month in Langley.

Emma Rastad won gold in the girls U16 long jump with a leap of 5.61 metres while Diana Voloshin claimed the girls U18 long jump with a 5.56 m attempt.

James Elson won a pair of medals, finishing second in boys U18 high jump after clearing 2.01 m and earning bronze in triple jump with a leap of 13.42 m. Nima Parsakish rounded out the medal haul with a silver medal showing in the boys U16 1,500-m racewalk, clocking a time of 9:41.47. Kate Weaver placed fourth in girls U18 heptathlon.

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Two records broken at Maude Hunter’s Pub BC 10000m Championships @VicRunSeries

September 3, 2013

Victoria, BC – Saturday, Augusts 31st Two age-group records were broken at The Q’s Victoria Run Series’ final track meet of the 2013 season. The event took place at the University of Victoria’s Centennial stadium.

Marilyn Arsenault of Victoria won the women’s 10000m event at the Maude Hunter’s Pub BC 10000m Championships by running to a Canadian age-group record time of 34:18.21. This is Arsenault’s second Canadian age-group record, as she bettered her time from the same event from 2012, where she ran 34:22. Arsenault was using the race as a fitness indicator towards her effort to compete in the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Her goal will be to run under 2:40 and perhaps attain the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games standard.

Two-time Olympian, Bruce Deacon, also of Victoria took the BC 45-49 age-group record for the distance, finishing in 31:55.92. Deacon finished second to two-time Canadian Marathon champion Jim Finlayson. Finlayson crossed the line in 31:31.12. Third went to former University of Victoria Vike, Craig Odermatt who finished in 32:20.60.

The first three finishers – the gold, silver and bronze medallists – in the men’s race are all master-age athletes (over 40), while Marilyn Arsenault is also a master.

There were three races on the evening’s schedule including two 5000 metre events. The first 5000m race started at 6:30 PM and was won by two athletes who compete in the 60-69 age-category, Frank Towler and Martha McNeely won the men’s and women’s division. Towler ran 21:44.99 and McNeely finished in 26:54.70. 

In the second 5000m event of the night, Chris Galley won the men’s race in the time of 17:01.74, while Courtney Cameron won in 19:56.19.  Results are located at

The Q’s Victoria Run Series includes five track meets, plus two road races for the 2013 season. The final race on the schedule is the Synergy Shuffle, happening Sunday, September 15th at 11:00 AM. The Synergy Shuffle includes three distances to compete in, 10, 20 or 30kms. The races start on Lochside Trail at Island View Road, next to Michell’s Farm Market.

The final event of the 2013 season is the season wrap-up silent auction and awards party that takes place at the Sticky Wicket’s Maple Room in the Strathcona Hotel.

Proceeds from the series go to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. 


Contact: Christopher Kelsall, Series Director

The Q’s Victoria Run Series



Armstrong thrilled with historic medal #moscow2013 @KamThisWeek

August 21, 2013

By Marty Hastings, August 20, 2013

Kamloops This Week – Dylan Armstrong took time to reflect on his bronze-medal win in shot put at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow before making his way across Europe.

“I celebrated with a few friends from various countries,” Armstrong told KTW from Slovakia on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

“I feel great. I am extremely happy I got a medal for Canada. It was great to add another one from worlds [silver in 2011] and I feel I made the right choices this year and listened to every detail my coach laid out for me.”

His coach, as many Kamloopsians know by now, is Anatoliy Bondarchuk, an intriguing 73-year-old fellow from the Ukraine who coaches in the Tournament Capital at the National Throws Centre.

Armstrong threw a season-best 21.34 metres to capture bronze at Luzhniki Stadium on Friday, Aug. 16.

The medal was one of five earned by Canadians in Moscow — making it the most successful showing in the country’s history at the world championships.

Armstrong said there are about eight European competitions left to attend on this year’s schedule, including two International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League events, the next one scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, in Zurich, Switzerland.

After the season is over, Armstrong will, “take a little time off and catch up with the business side of things, then get back to the grind.”

The Kamloops Blazers are interested in honouring Armstrong’s accomplishments at a game this season.

With the International Olympic Committee expected to award Armstrong with retroactive bronze from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the WHL club will likely wait until that happens to hold a ceremony.

The last Diamond League event of the 2013 season will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on Sept. 6.

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Savage leaps to gold medal at Legion Championships #LegionNationals

August 15, 2013

By Gary Ahuja – August 14, 2013

LANGLEY TIMES – It wasn’t an easy task to get to the Legion Canadian track and field championships, but Alexander Savage ended up right where he wanted: atop the podium with a gold medal draped around his neck.

The 15-year-old from Langley leaped a personal best 6.66m — bettering his previous mark by 35cm — to take gold in the midget (16 and under) long jump at McLeod Park over the weekend.

Not bad for an athlete who had to be convinced by his father, Mike, to pay the entry fee and give it a shot at the Legion championships.

“He told me I had put so much time into it, I should go do,” Savage recalled.

Savage’s hesitance to enter stemmed from the fact he had gone to Kamloops last month with the intention of earning his way onto the Team B.C. roster — which would have waived his entry fee for the Legion championships.

To earn a spot, Savage needed to finish top-two in his event, and he thought he had with a leap of 6.00m.

But when the roster was later announced, the teen found out his best jump had been deemed illegal and voided.

Savage said he was shocked at what had transpired but finally agreed to pay the entry fee and compete on his own. He trains with the South Fraser Track and Field Club and coach Robert Esmie although it was just Savage and his father working on his long jump out at McLeod.

He also credited Flip City Gymnastics owner Rusty Pearce, who helped him working on his jumping technique and getting used to rotating his arms while he was in the air and keeping his balance.

And it all came together on Sunday, the final day of the Legion championships.

Jumping with what he called “a little chip on my shoulder”, Savage won the gold with a leap of 6.66m. The silver medal went to Team Quebec’s Ivan Nyemeck (6.57m) while Team Manitoba/Northwest Ontario’s Thomas Walser (5.99m) won bronze.

“I performed well; I was happy (with my jump),” Savage said. “It felt great.”

Savage is a newcomer to the sport, only taking up track and field seriously, this past May.

He also plays basketball with the Walnut Grove Gators junior boys’ team.

Entering Grade 10 next month at Walnut Grove, Savage plans to pursue both sports to see where they will take him.


Concussion can’t stop Rofle from reaching new heights #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013


Langley’s Hannah Rolfe soared to the gold medal in the midget (U16) high jump at the Legion Canadian youth track and field championships at McLeod Park over the weekend. Up until a few days before the competition, Rolfe was unsure if she would be competing (photo courtesy of Trent Rolfe)

By Gary Ahuja – August 14, 2013

LANGLEY TIMES – One can only imagine what Hannah Rolfe been able to do had she been healthy the past three months.

Just cleared last week from a concussion she suffered back in May at the Fraser Valley championships, the 15-year-old Langley girl not only won the gold medal in the midget (U16) high jump at the Canadian Legion track and field championships, but she set a new personal best in the process.

The Legion championships — which saw close to 1,000 of the top track and field athletes between the ages of 12 and 17 — ran from Aug. 9 to 11 at Langley’s McLeod Park.

“I felt really confident going in to the competition,” Rolfe said. “But I did shock myself, to do as well as I did.”

The high jump was held on Sunday, the final day, and Rolfe was representing her club, the Langley Mustangs.

Rolfe, who enters Grade 10 at Walnut Grove Secondary next month, suffered the concussion during the Fraser Valley championships during the high school season.

Rolfe hit her head on the high jump standard, the pole on either side of the mat which hold the bar in place. It knocked her out of the competition and the following months can best be described as very trying.

“It was more mild in that it didn’t restrict me from doing anything normal,” Rolfe said. “But when it came to training, I would feel the symptoms come on.”

“It was very frustrating because I wanted to push through it and be able to train and get better but I was not able to, so that was definitely really hard.”

Rolfe said what motivated her was the hope she would get better and be able to compete, as well as the support from those helping her, such as her physiotherapist, masseuse and chiropractor.

Finally, just two days before the competition (Aug. 7) she was cleared to compete. This came after she had a practice session the week before and the symptoms did not return. And while she would not have minded getting the chance to travel to another part of the country for the competition — “I was a little disappointed” — the whole experience of the Legion championships was enjoyable.

“It was really fun,” Rolfe said. “I wasn’t nervous at all; I was pretty calm through the entire competition.”

She also soared to a new personal best, clearing 1.67m to capture the gold medal. Her previous best had been 1.60m. Her jump was 0.6m better than Team Ontario’s Brett Belanger, who cleared 1.61m. Another Ontario jumper, Tess Verhoeven of the London Legion, was third at 1.58m.

“I felt really confident going in to the competition but I did shock myself to do as well as I did,” Rolfe said.


Kamloops athletes perform well at Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK – August 13, 2013

Four Kamloops Track and Field Club athletes had notable performances at the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up in Langley on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Kendall Fitzgerald won silver in the midget girls’ 1,500m steeplechase and placed third in the 2,000m race.

Fitzgerald has the fastest midget girls’ 2,000m time this year in B.C.

Braden Derker won silver in pole vault and Alex Smith placed fifth. Both athletes are coached by Ryan Jensen.

Bryce Turner placed seventh in the midget boys’ 1,500m steeplechase and 12th in the 2,000m race.

Turner and Fitzgerald are coached by Bruno Mazzotta.


Island runner Levins leaves world track and field championships empty-handed #TimesColonist

August 13, 2013

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.

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Burnaby Strider wins three gold at B.C.’s #kamloops2013 @BurnabyNOW_News

August 6, 2013

August 1, 2013 – By Tom Berridge 

Burnaby Now – Burnaby Striders Zion Corrales-Nelson was the hit of the sprints at the recent B.C. Athletics championships in Kamloops. The junior St. Thomas More Collegiate sprinter won all the speed races in the 15-year-old girls’ age group, including two new provincial midget records at Hillside Stadium.

The Burnaby flash won the 100-metre dash by seven-tenths of a second over the second-place girl Casey Heyd in a time of 12.12 seconds.

Corrales-Nelson added a gold in the 200m to her mantel, easily winning by almost two seconds over the runner-up Rebecca Terry of South Fraser in a new record time of 24.01, breaking Krysha Bailey’s 1999 mark of 24.50.

The incoming STM junior also took gold in the 300m in a sub-four-minute 39.67 clocking, nipping New Westminster runner Raquel Tjernagel’s 2012 midget mark by two onehundredths of a second. Corrales-Nelson was unchallenged in the race, beating Terry to the tape for a second time nearly two seconds ahead.

Burnaby sprinter Whitney Rowe won both the 100 and 200m for 20-plus women in Kamloops. Rowe was timed in 11.73 for the 100m and 24.36 in the 200m.

Ahmad Nizamani won the men’s 16/17 long jump with a leap of 6.50m. He also ran a leg with Ethan Strome in the 4x100m relay for the first-place-finishing Vancouver Thunderbirds.

Curtis Moss won the men’s 20-plus javelin with a 73.85m throw.

In the 18/19 men’s 400m hurdles, STM’s Sebastian Adugalski, running out of Ocean Athletics in Surrey, won the gold medal in a time of 55.96.

Byrne Creek Secondary student Jemal Reta placed second in the men’s 16/17 division in the 2,000m steeplechase in a time of 6:13.91. Reta also finished in sixth place in the 3,000m.

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Island MLA Michelle Stilwell sums up her world record at track meet: ‘Fantastic’ #Lyon2013

July 29, 2013

July 25, 2013 – By Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist 

Times Colonist – Most politicians would be happy just to win their race in an election. But Michelle Stilwell isn’t like most politicians.

The Parksville-Qualicum MLA and government caucus chairwoman set a world record of two minutes, 14.79 seconds in winning the gold medal in the women’s wheelchair T52 class 800 metres Thursday at the International Paralympic Committee world track and field championships in Lyon, France.

The former world record of two minutes, 16.71 seconds was established in 2005 by fellow Canadian Lisa Franks. Stilwell holds four world records in the T52 class — the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and now 800 metres.

Thursday’s achievement came with bumps and scrapes. The race was originally conducted Wednesday but a re-race was ordered for Thursday after Stilwell and Marieke Vervoort of Belgium collided hard with 200 metres remaining. Stilwell managed to remain upright, but Vervoort’s chair tipped and she hit the ground. The Belgian was ruled to have cut off Stilwell and disqualified for the re-race.

“Well, that did not go as planned,” Stilwell said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

“I am OK, only a little bruised on the arm.”

On Thursday, after winning the second race, she summed things up with one word: “Fantastic.”

“I would have liked to have Marieke in the race. I look forward to the day when we can re-race,” she said in an interview conducted by meet organizers. “I hope she is doing well and recovering.

“We definitely had a great race plan going in today. It was about controlling the race.”

And she took note of the weather. “It’s been very, very warm — very hot.”

Stilwell, who became a paraplegic at 17 while playing piggy-back with friends and falling down a flight of stairs, is the only female athlete to have won gold medals in two sports in the Summer Paralympics. She won gold in wheelchair basketball at Sydney 2000. Complications from her spinal cord injury forced Stilwell to retire from wheelchair basketball. She took up wheelchair track and won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and gold and silver at London 2012. Stilwell’s silver at London came when Vervoort edged the Islander for gold in the T52 100 metres.

Stilwell, 39, who won a seat as a Liberal MLA in the May election, acknowledged the support she has received from the Island and across the country. “It’s been wonderful getting all your emails and your posts. I’m looking forward to coming home and showing everyone my new bling.”

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TRACK AND FIELD: Stroda helps spark gold rush #kamloops2013

July 25, 2013

The Daily Courier – July 23, 2013

Kelowna-area athletes ran, jumped and threw to eight individual gold medals at the B.C. Athletics provincial track and field championships in Kamloops on the weekend. Aaron Stroda, 17, led the way with three first-place finishes while adding a bronze medal with a personal-best performance in the youth division (16 and 17 years old) javelin event. The Okanagan Mission Secondary School student started the provincial competition with a huge personal best in the hammer throw, a discipline he took up just 15 months ago. His longest throw of 57.30 metres was almost 4.5 metres better than his previous best.

“I was expecting to throw over 55 metres and was very happy to pick up my first gold early on in the competition,” said Stroda, adding he felt he was in “great shape – both physically and mentally” going into the weekend.

Verena Stroda, Aaron’s mom and coach, remembers her son’s introduction to the hammer throw at a spring training camp in Las Vegas with John Powell, a U.S.A. Olympian and world-record holder in the discus. “Aaron started in John’s backyard with a rope and chain links turning and turning until he became dizzy. He doesn’t experience dizziness anymore but all the top hammer throwers are turning four times and Aaron made the transition from two turns to just three turns. Each turn translates into speed, and, of course, distance. But Aaron still has time to learn the technique and to keep the balance at high speed so that his release allows for the best possible trajectory of the hammer.”

Stroda, ranked second in the nation in the youth division in shot put, came close to his personal best (16.33) with a gold-medal toss in Kamloops of 16.13 metres – one metre better than his closest competition. While his throw of 48.76 metres in the discus was well off his PB of 50.57 – making him the top-ranked thrower in the country – the distance was good enough for his third gold of the B.C. championships. Stroda’s bronze medal in the javelin came on a throw of 51.36 metres. He is third in the nation with a personal-best distance of 53.80.

Three members of the Okanagan Athletics Club won gold competing against the top track and field athletes in the province.

B.C. decathlon champion Rostam Turner took gold in the junior boys (18-19) discus event with a throw of 42.37 metres, while Sean Bergman finished first in the midget (14-15) 1500 steeplechase. The OAC’s Keely Watts-Watling, still in training for the Canadian Legion junior heptathlon championship in Langley next month, recorded a leap of 5.52 metres to win the junior long jump in Kamloops.

Keefer Joyce of Kelowna, running as an unattached, earned another gold for the Central Okanagan. He took top spot in the 100 metres with a time of 10.76 seconds.


Hurdler Bains smashes 27-year-old B.C. record #kamloops2013

July 23, 2013
By Ashley Degraaf – July 23, 2013

Cowichan News Leader – Cowichan’s Chicago Bains has done it again.

During provincials action, the local track sensation smashed a 1986 provincial 80-metre hurdle record of 11.50 seconds with a personal best of 11.42.

“I cannot express in words the magnitude of this sprint race record she has just established, it leaves me speechless,” said coach John May in an email on the provincial meet in Kamloops July 19-21.

Cowichan product Taryn Smiley also knocked socks off, winning both the 100 and 200 metres races.

“For the 15 year old midget-aged athletes and the 16/17 year old youth athletes, it’s a trial meet to get on the BC Teams that will attend the Legion Youth National Track and Field meet in August this year in Langley BC,” explained May on the weekend event that saw participants drenched in extremely hot weather.

“For Taryn, 16, and Chicago, 15, it meant doing fewer events at this meet. For me as their coach, this is very important, trying to peak at the right time and developing a sense of what it takes to do so is something they will utilize far into the future in this sport especially.”

Bains’ record breaking victory also has a cool story behind it, the coach said.

“On arrival at the meet I was given her competition bib number and it was 1142,” he said. “Looking at the bib number I think, ‘Wow, wouldn’t that be something if she ran 1142.’ When I gave it to her Saturday morning to put on she looked at it and smiled at me.”

May said he was shocked and speechless when the final time, 11.42, was posted.

“Anyone who knows the hurdles events was stunned by this accomplishment. It is absolutely amazing.”

Bains amazed folks again Sunday with her 200m hurdles race, taking top spot with another provincial record finish of 27.60, just shy of her 27.53 personal best she attained two weeks ago.

“This amazing young woman will now continue to prepare for the (nationals) where she will again set her focus on being the best she can be on the days she competes.”

May has coached Smiley for one season under her second claim club, the Comox Valley Cougars.

“She teamed up to run the 4×100 relay with Calli Ann Abbott (15), Chloe Gummer (15), Kyla May (16) and  they were the fastest women’s team to run this weekend,” May said. “It had viewers stunned as these four girls had never relayed together before and used their knowledge of relay to quickly establish the exchange parameters and executed a relay of almost ‘demonstration like precision’ with Taryn running an anchor leg for the win by 10s of metres.”

In the 100m race, Smiley won both her heat and the final with a personal best of 12.23, “narrowly missing the difficult 100m BC Team Youth standard of 12.20.”

“On Sunday in the 200m she again won her heat in convincing fashion and in the final, ran the most stunning race I have yet seen her run and with the team standard set at 25.45, Taryn exceeded that standard by running 25.39 in the final.

“This certainly gives her a good shot at being on the BC Team as well,” said May, noting the team will announce its lineup in the next few days.

“As their coach, I am as I said both honoured and humbled. These are two very amazing young ladies that seem to be on a mission that takes them down a path that requires sacrifices and hard work all too often not seen in many youth today.”

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OTFC shines at Junior Development Championships

July 23, 2013


The Oceanside Track and Field Club – photo: Robyn Elliott

By James Clarke – July 23, 2013

Parksville Qualicum Beach News – The Oceanside Track and Field Club’s Junior Development program wrapped up recently with the B.C. Athletics Junior Development Championships.

The championship event was held close to home this year, with athletes from around the province converging on Nanaimo for the three-day event.

Ten local athletes placed in the top eight in their events, competing against the best B.C. athletes.

According to OTFC co-coach Randy Longmuir, top performances were turned in by:

• Kate Morrison: 3rd in 800m Racewalk

• Libby Elliott: 4th in hammer, 5th in discus, 6th in javelin

• Serena Woolnough: 4th shot put, 7th hammer, 7th discus

• Avi Bassett: 4th in discus

• Allie Proctor: 5th in hammer

• Kokeb Cooper: 6th in 600m, 8th in 100m

• Jensen Keltie: 6th in hammer

• Nathaniel Abel: 6th in 1000m

• Olivia Williams: 8th in high jump

• Catalina Magana: 8th in 1000m

Worth noting is that OTFC athletes of all ages were busy competing in the Vancouver Island Athletic Association track and field meets leading up to the championships in Nanaimo. Events in Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Victoria, and Powell River “produced numerous outstanding performances and personal best results for all club athletes.”

IN OTHER NEWS: Twelve OTFC athletes competed in Kamloops July 19-21 at the BC Athletics Championship event for athletes 14 and older, with many vying for spots on BC teams to compete later in the summer.

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Leboe leads PG Track Club #kamloops2013

July 23, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
By Hartley Miller –

Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Track and Field Athletes earned 13 medals (1 gold, 3 silver and 9 bronze) at the BC Track and Field Championship Jamboree in Kamloops. 15 year old Keiran Leboe led the way with a gold in the hammer throw and bronze in the shot put, javelin and discus.

Emma Balazs captured a pair of silver medals, finishing second in the women’s 18-19 year old 2000 metre steeplechase and second in the 3000 metre run.

Teammates Shelby Jansen and Lauren Mathewson wound up second and third respectively in the women’s 14 year old 200 metre dash. Jansen also picked up a bronze in the 300 metre dash.

In other PG results: Ryan Gaiesky picked up a pair of bronze in the men’s 15 year old triple jump and 100 metre hurdles. Carlee Campbell took the bronze in the women’s 16-17 year old high jump and Emma Floris was third in the women’s 15 year old 100 metre dash.

16 PG Track Club members participated in the meet for athletes aged 14 and older.

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Royal City Track and Field Club wins big at the BC JD Track and Field Championships in Nanaimo

July 17, 2013


Lauryn Savela, javelin

Photograph by: Contributed photos, The Record

Wednesday July 17, 2013 – The Royal City track club won the B.C. Athletics junior development provincial championships in Nanaimo last weekend.

The provincial meet followed a winning weekend at the Trevor Craven Memorial track meet at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby, where club athletes performed exceptionally well, winning a total of 41 medals including 15 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze, along with an additional 45 top-eight finishes in preparation for the provincials.

This past weekend 18 Royal City athletes, between the ages of nine and 13, reached amazing heights in Nanaimo with many personal-best performances.

The club walked away from the championships and a total of 50 awards, including 18 medals and 32 additional top-eight finishes.

Silver medals were won by Grace Fetherstonhaugh in the 2,000 metres, Devin Strome in high jump, Jenevieve Patry-Smith in javelin, Ryan Jensen in the 80m hurdles, Jeremy Belcher in the 100m dash, 200m hurdles and long jump, Emmanuel Dadson in the pole vault and Tomas Ward in shot put.

The 11-year-old girls’ distance medley relay team made up of Michelle Dadson, Anaiyah Bernier, Lauryn Savela and Elizabeth Bowles also won silver.

Bronze medals were won by Katelyn Stewart-Barnett in both the 600m run and high jump, Fetherstonhaugh in the 1,200m, Patry-Smith in shot, Michelle Dadson in discus and Jensen in the 200m hurdles.

The 10-year-old girls’ 4×100 relay team made up of Kaia Polanska-Richardson, Annette Scott, Malena Kalisch and Stewart-Barnett took bronze, as did the boys’ 13-year-old relay team made up of Belcher, Jensen, Ward and Dadson.

There were an additional 32 top-eight finishes achieved by the following club athletes: Bernier, Malena Kalisch, Bowles, Amanda Scott, Fetherstonhaugh, Strome, Patry-Smith, Michelle Dadson, Brianna Bates, Joelle Pinvidic, Lauryn Savela, Jensen, Emmanuel Dadson, Belcher and the 13-year-old girls’ relay team made up of Brianna Bates, Fetherstonhaugh, Scott and Strome, which placed fourth in both the distance medley relay and the 4×100.

This was an outstanding finish to a very successful season for the Royal City Track Club athletes.

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Report from BC Masters Committee – Canadian Masters Track and Field Championships from August 9-12, 2012

August 28, 2012

Courtesy – Harold Morioka 


About 10 Masters athletes from BC participated in the Canadian Masters track and field championships which were held in Saint John, New Brunswick, from August 9-12. This meet also duplicated as the NCCWMA (North, Central and Carribean World Masters Athletics) championships. Over 500 athletes registered for this 4-day meet.

Christa Bortignon broke the W75 Pentathlon record with 4743 points. This was 212 points better than the old record of 4531 points which was held by Leili Kaas from Estonia. Christa also broke her own W75 Canadian records in the 200m (34.81) and 400m (1:25.07), which she set earlier this year. She set a new Canadian record in the 80m hurdles (19.71). Christa also won more gold medals in the 100m, long jump, high jump and triple jump, with results just off her pending Canadian records.

Winning 6 gold medals each were 93 year-old Olga Kotelko and 80 year-old Mae Turek. Sandy Anderson W70 also won 6 medals but not all gold. Cheryl Closkey W60 won 4 medals and Barb Saunders W70 won golds in the 800m and 1500m.

Three men also participated in this meet. Peter Freeman won the gold medal in the M60 400m and 800m while Al Percival, also M60, won the 100m and took silver in the 200m. Barry Adams M70 won silver in the javelin.