Announcing the Parasport Jumpstart Fund – ATTN ALL CLUBS! @ctjumpstart @AthleticsCanada

September 25, 2013


Canadian Tire Jumpstart and the Canadian Paralympic Committee created the Parasport Jumpstart Fund to help get more kids across Canada involved in sport. The fund helps to support the costs of sports and recreational programs for children between the ages of four and 18, who are financially disadvantaged and living with a disability.  Funds may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment costs for children within approved Parasport programs.

For Track and Field clubs currently offering or looking to offer para athletics programs this represents a significant opportunity to cover the costs of acquiring equipment, including the purchase of racing wheelchairs; throwing frames and Run, Jump, Throw bags as well as funding to be able to provide transportation for participants and cover club fees for those who may otherwise not be able to afford to participate.

For further information on the program and instructions on how to apply visit:

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities will be accepting applications to the Parasport Jumpstart Fund beginning September 25, 2013 and closing October 29, 2013. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you require specific assistance and guidance in preparing an application you can contact your provincial/territorial branch association or Athletics Canada directly.


Douglas Duncan                                                               

Manager, Domestic Programs                                                                                


David Greig

Para-Athletics National Talent Development Coach



Vikes headline track line up for Canada Summer Games @islandsports1 #jcg2013

August 13, 2013

By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

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August 10, 2013, VICTORIA, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track program will be well represented at this year’s Canada Summer Games, hosted Aug. 2-17 in Sherbrooke, Que. Preliminary qualifications will begin on Monday, Aug. 12, while the final events will wrap up on Aug. 16.

Nine current Vikes will be competing for their respective provinces, while incoming recruit Ben Weir will also be in attendance.

Headlining the group is 21-year-old Adam Gaudes, who enters his second Canada Summer Games and is top-ranked for the men’s 800-m event. Gaudes’ personal best in the 800-m is 1:48.76 and will be representing New Brunswick.

For the women, Alberta standout Rachel Francois will compete in both the 800-m and the 4×400-m relay and has also previously competed in the 2009 Canada Games and the 2012 Western Canada Games. Francois is the two-time defending champion in the 800-m in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and in the same event ranked third in the NACAC Championships and sixth at the Canadian Olympic trials.

Also competing in the 800-m event are Cole Peterson, Thomas Riva, Grace Annear and Kendra Pomfret. Peterson, also Alberta’s athletics team captain, will join Riva in the 1500-m event.

Rounding out the cast is soon-to-be Vike Weir, competing in the 5000-m, Patrick Psotka, Ryan Cassidy and Brendon Restall.

For full information on the Canada Summer Games visit their website at:

Vikes at the 2013 Canada Summer Games:


Ben WEIR 5000m British Columbia

Adam GAUDES 800m New Brunswick

Cole PETERSON 800m, 1500m Alberta (captain)

Thomas RIVA 800m, 1500m British Columbia

Grace ANNEAR 800m New Brunswick

Rachel FRANCOIS 800m, 4x400m Alberta

Kendra POMFRET 800m, 1500m British Columbia

Patrick PSOTKA 3000m Steeplechase British Columbia

Ryan CASSIDY 3000m Steeplechase, 5000m New Brunswick

Brendon RESTALL 400m, 4x400m British Columbia



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.


Royal City Track medals at Jesse Bent Meet

June 20, 2013


Royal City Record – June 19, 2013

Royal City Track and Field athletes gave some stellar performances at the Jesse Bent meet in Coquitlam.

The 27 athletes in a mixed squad of girls and boys in the junior development and midget age groups combined for a total of 31 medals, incuding five gold, 11 silver and 15 bronze. As well, a total of 45 top-8 finishes were achieved.

Jenvieve Patry-Smith led the medal charge, winning six medals total, including a gold in the 800-metre race walk.

Patry-Smith also won three silvers in shotput, javelin and high jump and two bronze in hammer and discus.

Not to be outdone, Max Jones collected five medals. Jones won silvers in the 80 and 200m hurdles. He had three bronze medals in the 100m sprint, javelin and hammer throw.

Grace Fetherstone-Haugh won the girls’ 1,200m race, setting a blistering pace from the start to finish with a provincial record for 12-year-old girls.

Teammate Grace Vanee followed up with a convincing bronze medal win in the same race.

Emily Chilton garnered a bronze medal for the same distance in the next age group up.

Kate Stewart-Barnett continued her winning ways by running to gold in the 10-year-old girls’ 600m race while also jumping to first in the high jump.

Pole vaulter Kinsey Weir jumped to a bronze medal while achieving a personal best jump of 2.85m.

Other notable performances included Devon Strome with a silver in the girls’ high jump; Ryan Jensen with a bronze in the boys’ 80m hurdles; Jeremy Belcher with a third in the boys’ 200m hurdles; Malena Kalisch with a bronze medal in the girls’ 600 and 1,000m; Amanda Scott with a pair of third-place medals in the girls’ 300 and 800m; and Brianne Lowka with a bronze in the girls’ javelin.

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PacificSport Fraser Valley honours Tom Nielsen and Mike Mason

June 14, 2013

Eight Fraser Valley individuals were honoured last week with a PacificSport Fraser Valley Recognition Award at the 2013 ceremony. 

Nominated by their peers for his or her contribution to community, sport and/or athlete development, this year’s recipients are an accomplished group including Athletics coach Tom Nielsen and athlete Mike Mason.

Tom Nielsen receives Coach of the Year Award

Tom Nielsen is a throws coach specializing in the javelin. Tom previously coached for UBC, the Vancouver Thunderbirds, and the Coquitlam Cheetahs. He is now a coach for the High School High Performance Group of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club. Tom has had incredible success with his athletes, including his son, Kyle, a three time All-American, as well as two athletes participating in London 2012, Liz Gleadle and Curtis Moss. Tom has also had several of his younger athletes recognized by Athletics Canada as the ones to watch for 2016. Most recently, Kyle and Tiffany Matteazzi have qualified for the World University Championships, and Brittni Wolczyk has qualified for the World Junior Championships. According to his athletes, Tom is the epitome of a great coach. Not only does he sacrifice long hours in order to help his athletes, he goes the extra mile to tailor programs and training to each individual athlete in order for them to reach their potential. Athletes come from all areas of the Fraser Valley to train with Tom because of his ability to build on the strengths of athletes as individuals. According to one athlete, “I have never had a coach that has sacrificed so much for me. All the accomplishments I have achieved are due to Tom Nielsen!”

Mike Mason receives Athlete Lifetime Achievement Award 

Originally from Nanoose Bay, high jumper Mike Mason relocated to Abbotsford in order to train under “Coach Ziggy” before London 2012. Mason had a stellar junior career, including a world junior championship gold in 2004. At the senior level, Mason has represented Canada at Commonwealth Games and World Championships, as well as both the Beijing and London Olympics. Mason had top 10 finishes at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and most recently the 2012 London Olympics. The road to London was not easy for Mason, who had to battle back from an ankle injury just to make the team. He overcame his injury in London, posting a strong 8th place finish. During this time, he completed a degree at UBC and continues to train and compete for Canada.

To read about all the PacificSport Fraser Valley 2013 Recognition Award Winners – click here

BC Athletics would like to congratulate both Tom and Mike  and wish them continued success for the future!


Voth leads TWU Spartans at Coquitlam Cheetahs meet

June 13, 2013

Last weekend’s meet served as trials for the 2013 Canada Summer Games 

LANGLEY ADVANCE – JUNE 13, 2013 – Trinity Western University track athlete Chris Voth had the race of his life in the 5000m to lead the Spartans at the Coquitlam Cheetahs Annual Jesse Bent Memorial Meet.

The Abbotsford native finished first with a time of 14: 46.10 at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium on Sunday.

Voth led a Spartans contingent that was competing in its third meet in the Lower Mainland in just over a week as part of an effort to push for an outdoor aspect to the Canada West and CIS competition schedule.

The University of Alberta and the University of Victoria also competed in this week’s three-event series.

This past weekend’s meet was also the Canada Games trials for Team B.C.

It’s expected the team will officially be announced sometime this week.

While there were plenty of quality performances from current Spartans, it was future Spartan Regan Yee who made waves by winning the 2000m steeplechase, and beating the Spartans’ Fiona Benson with a time of 7: 00.20.

Benson finished second in 7: 01.91.

Also of note was the performance of Canadian Paralympian Dustin Walsh, who broke the T11 Canadian 400m record with a time of 53 seconds.

Walsh, who was also the previous record-holder, bettered his old mark of 53.05.

Spartans track athlete and Langley resident Dylan Williamson is Walsh’s guide runner.

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CSI Victoria: Sport Performance Speaker Series – June 12 at 530 pm

June 7, 2013



The Sport Performance Speaker Series in Victoria returns on June 12 with a presentation by Dr Trent Stellingwerff –

Recovery Strategies for Peak Performance:  Nurition / Compression / Sleep

Register today for FREE –